The cast of These Shining Lives, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s first production of the 2020 season, has been chosen and rehearsals have begun. Included in the Shining Lives cast are: Kim Benesh, Schuyler Bieber, Larry Hansen, Kellyn Howell, Craig Jarvie, Mary Morgan-Blacharski, Kim Novotny, Braden JP Rood, Jennifer Smith, Lisa Smith, and Len Struttmann. Kami Zbanek Hill is directing. Production dates are March 6-8 and 13-14 in the First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre.
These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnichis a fictionalized account of the real life “Radium Girls” of the 1920s and ‘30s who painted watch faces with radioactive paint that glowed in the dark. The play centers around four women who work in the Radium Dial Company factory in Illinois and are exposed to toxic and deadly levels of radiation. Their story of bravery and determination to create better workplace conditions and safety regulations is an important but not widely known chapter in the social history of our country. American playwright and television writer Melanie Marnich is best known for her work on HBO’s drama Big Love and the Showtime series The Big C.