The pay was good, but the job was killing them.
Now Grossmont College’s award-winning Theatre Arts Department is staging a production of the historical drama These Shining Lives, which recounts the true story of four women who landed a well-paying factory job in the 1920s adorning the hour markings on clocks and watches with glow-in-the-dark radium paint containing dangerously radioactive properties that are unknown by the workers and downplayed by their bosses.
Set in Ottawa, Ill., the story is narrated by one of the workers, Catherine Donohue. These Shining Lives, written by Melanie Marnich, details the women’s deadly ordeal in a search for justice that left a legacy of better working conditions for future generations.
“These Shining Lives is a remarkable story that impacted generations of American workers and still resonates today,” said the production’s director, Beth Duggan, who also chairs the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department. “We are extremely proud to be present this groundbreaking production that details the sacrifices made by these women, sacrifices which we continue to benefit from.”
Performance dates are Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m.
Tickets, including a season ticket plan, can be purchased by phone, online, or at the box office. For online tickets, visit www.grossmont.edu/theatrebrochure or call (619) 644-7234. The box office is at Grossmont College, Building 22A/Room 200A1 (Back of Parking Lot #1). The box office opens one hour prior to each production.
More information about the productions is at www.grossmont.edu/theatrebrochure.