“This isn’t a fairy tale, though it starts like one. It’s not a tragedy, though it ends like one.” Melanie Marnich’s "These Shining Lives" is the story of four Depression-era women newly introduced to the working world at the Radium Dial factory, where they form friendships and build a shared life while painting tiny numbers onto watch faces. But their new found independence is rocked by the discovery that the paint they're using is radioactive. 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.
Performance dates are Nov. 30-Dec. 1 & Dec. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 & 9 at 2 p.m. Performances take place in the Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts. Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. Reservations can be made in person at the box office or by phone with MasterCard or Visa by calling 608-785-8522 during box office hours. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for senior citizens/non UW-L students and $4 for UW-L students with an ID. Assigned seating.