These Shining Lives examines workers’ rights

By UW-Marinette

UW-Marinette’s Theatre on the Bay (TOB) and Mary Staudenmaier present These Shining Lives, a play by Melanie Marnich on Nov. 11 – 13 and Nov. 18 – 20 at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre on the campus of UW-Marinette.

These Shining Lives is set in Ottawa, Ill., in the 1920s and 1930s and concerns four women who work for Radium Dial, a company that produces watches and clocks with state-of-the-art glow-in-the-dark technology using radium-based paint. When the women become ill from working with the radium, they must take their employers to court to prove that their work is the cause of their illness. The play is based on the true story. UW-Marinette graduate Brittany Welch plays Catherine Donohue, who was the center of what became a landmark case in workers’ rights litigation.

These Shining Lives is directed by TOB artistic director Rebecca Stone Thornberry. The production staff includes set and sound designer John Thornberry, lighting designer Chris Weber, and costume designer Annalisa Mines.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. on the Nancy Gehrke Stage. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and free to current UW-Marinette students with ID. Tickets for reserved seats are on sale at All seats are reserved through the theatre’s ticketing system, and season ticket packages are available at a discounted price. Tickets may also be purchased at the theatre box office one hour before every show. For additional ticket information, contact Pamela Olson at 715-735-4300, ext. 4301.

Theatre on the Bay is located on the UW-Marinette campus, 750 W. Bay Shore St., Marinette. 


Brian Becker