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Nov. 15-18: 'These Shining Lives'

Play chronicles experiences of four women working in an Illinois watch factory in the 1920s and 1930s.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 11-8-2017

In the photo, from left to right, are Pearl (Samantha Fairchild), Catherine Donohue (Ashley Ziegler), Charlotte (Zoe Hartigan) and Frances (Sarah Thomas), characters in "These Shining Lives," a play that chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day.

MANKATO – They got it on their clothes, on their skin, and even in their mouths. And all along, they were told this radium they were working with was harmless – even beneficial – to their health.

Up next in the Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre & Dance’s Studio Season is “These Shining Lives,” which chronicles the experiences of four women working in an Illinois watch factory in the 1920s and 1930s. Written by Melanie Marnich, the play is based on the true story of the women whose job it was to paint the hour markings onto watch dials using a radium compound that glowed in the dark. The company, Radium Dial, did not show any concern when their hands began to glow in the dark or when jaw infections and bone pain set in due to radium poisoning.

“These Shining Lives” runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-18 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State Mankato.

More about the show: Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Directed by Kristin Fox, tickets are $10 regular; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or for more information.

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