These Shining Lives

The play These Shining Lives brings us back to a different era, shedding light on how far things have come, and the pain that those before us went through.  Women in the workplace haven’t always had it easy.  In this straight to the point, unforgettable story, we get to feel what these four women must have felt, working for a company that forever changed not only their lives but the lives of countless women.

The play opens tonight October 6th and goes through the 14th at the Phoenix Theater in Uptown Minneapolis.  You can purchase tickets on their website. My age recommendation for this performance is middle school and up, my 13 year old daughter attended the preview night with me and really enjoyed it.  She’s now eager to read more about the lives of the Radium Girls, the real life women depicted in These Shining Lives.  

These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, directed by Shalee Coleman

October 6, 7, 9, 13, and 14, 2017.

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. 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. A historical fiction period drama delving into the lives and trial of the 1920 Radium Girls who painted radium numbers onto clock faces, contracted radium poisoning, and fought for justice despite biting criticism.

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