June 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2019

These Shining Lives
By Melanie Marnich

Directed by Adam Reisch

 

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. Based on the true story of the Radium Girls from of Ottawa, Illinois.

 

 

Meet the Director:

Adam Reisch is excited to make his directoral debut with These Shining Lives! Adam has stage managed numerous TIP productions including, Oliver!, Cats, and Civil War Journeys. He was last seen as Tad Lincoln in The Last of Mrs. Lincoln. Other favorite roles include Officer O’Hara in TIP’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace! He was also Ben Banks in TIP's production of The Father of the Bride.

 

 

Staff:

Stage Manager: Sydney Masten

Costumer: Laurabeth Allyn

Props Master: Preston Dodd

Master set builder: Mark Wheeler

Set designer/painter: Eric Wheeler

 

AUDITIONS:  Sign up for a time to audition here.

 

Character Descriptions:

Catherine Donohue: A female in her mid to late twenties. She is strong willed, yet depends on the support of her friends and husband, Tom.

 

Frances: A female in her mid to late twenties. Frances is described as the "moral backbone" of the factory. She loves to gossip.

 

Pearl: Pearl, the youngest of the girls, loves to tell jokes however cheesy and painful they may be for the others to hear. She is quiet and usually the one who keeps the others in line.

 

Charlotte: Is the eldest of the girls at the factory. She is quick to be skeptical of everyone and at first sees Catherine as a threat. She is tough and blunt. Not afraid to speak her mind.

 

Tom: Catherine's husband. Also in his mid to late twenties. Tom works as a construction worker building skyscrapers in the city. He initially likes the idea of Catherine having a job until he realizes she never intends to quit. He doesn't believe she is sick at first. Tom is very loving and supportive of his wife standing by her side until the very end.

 

Mr. Reed: A man who is 30+ years old.  Mr. Reed is the factory foreman where the women work. He is initially nice to all the girls, but is eventually revealed to have known that radium was radioactive and helped to conceal that fact from the workers. 

 

son and daughter: 8-10 years old.

 

Leonard Grossman: Mr. Grossman is the defense attorney that takes the girls' case against Radium Dial Corp. to trial. Actor will also play: radio announcer, judge, and company doctor

 

Dr. Dalitch: Dr. Dalitch is the doctor who diagnoses Catherine and the others with radium poisoning. Actor also plays: Dr. Roundtree and Judge 2.

 

Reporter: A reporter for the newspaper reporting the court case. Not gender specific.