High Point University Department of Theatre to Perform ‘These Shining Lives’
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 20, 2019 – The High Point University Department of Theatre and Dance will perform “These Shining Lives,” chronicling the lives of four women and the dangers they faced working in a watch factory in Ottawa, Illinois, in the 1920s.
Performances will be held in the Empty Space Theatre on campus at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 7-9. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m.
Written by Melanie Marnich, “These Shining Lives” is based on the true story of women working in a watch factory, painting glow-in-the-dark numbers on watch faces, using radium. In the 1920s, radium was considered a health benefit. The play highlights the hazardous working conditions that sometimes accompanied the independence women sought in having an income, while reiterating the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day.
“The production of ‘These Shining Lives’ is a story that touches on betrayal, survival and the strength of women in the face of oppression and adversity,” says Douglas Brown, the show’s director and associate professor of the Department of Theatre & Dance. “We are excited to reenact this moment in history where women refused to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who came after them.”
For attendees interested in experiential learning, the Wanek School of Natural Sciences faculty and students will be available at the HPU Mobile Lab, which will be parked outside the theater during several performances, sharing opportunities to explore the properties of radiation and learn more about its effects. After the performance on Friday, Oct. 4, a panel of Wanek School of Natural Sciences faculty will be available to answer questions from the audience during a Q&A.
Performances are open to the public and complimentary tickets can be reserved at http://www.highpoint.edu/theatre.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South, No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the South. The Princeton Review named HPU in the 2020 edition of “The Best 385 Colleges” and on the Best Southeastern Colleges “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list. HPU was recognized as a Great School for Business Majors and a Great School for Communication Majors. HPU was also recognized for Most Beautiful Campus (No. 18), Best College Dorms (No. 5) and Best Campus Food (No. 20). For nine years in a row, HPU has been named a College of Distinction with special recognition for business and education programs and career development, and The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks HPU’s elementary education program as one of the best in the nation. The university offers 60 undergraduate majors, 64 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the web at highpoint.edu.