'These Shining Lives' Ron Ravensborg


These Shining Lives

Every Fri. and Sat. from Jan. 11-Feb. 3
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Jan. 11-Feb. 3
2 p.m.

These Shining Lives examines the dangers that can take root in societies that deprive workers of any voice in their own safety. Using historical events as a foundation, this 1920s-set drama from playwright Melanie Marnich follows four women tasked with applying numbers on watch faces with a radium-based paint for the Radium Dial Company. In order to obtain the desired level of detailing, the women were instructed to routinely lick the points of their paint brushes, an action that, despite company reassurances, led to hazardous amounts of toxic chemicals being ingested. Presented by Theatre in the Round Players, These Shining Lives draws attention to the often overlooked account of these workers’ struggle to obtain justice, which paved the way for greater protections for the entire workforce.