AU Theatre Department to present “These Shining Lives”
The Aurora University Theatre Department will present “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich on April 12-13 and April 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. in Perry Theatre. The production is part of the seventh annual Celebrating Arts and Ideas series, which also includes concerts, lectures and art exhibits throughout the academic year.
“These Shining Lives” follows a group of women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois in the 1920’s. The play chronicles the strength and determination of worker Catherine Donohue and her friends. The women were considered expendable in their day, and “These Shining Lives” shares their true story and its continued resonance.
“Working on this production has been a special experience for everyone involved,” said sophomore Meagan Kelly who plays Donohue. “We have the unique opportunity to tell the stories of real people, which has intimately connected us to our characters. It is a story about strength, friendship and finding faith.”
The show touches on several topics, including worker’s rights, industrial ethics, the treatment of women and how the press affects public opinion.
“Working on this play has been an amazing experience,” said Director Kelly Roush who is an Assistant Professor of Art and Theatre at AU. “Learning more about the lives of these four women has been fascinating, and the cast is eager to share this story of friendship and determination through both good and bad times.”
There will be a post-show discussion with the director and designers on Saturday, April 13, and a post-show discussion with the cast on Friday, April 19.