Thursday May 5, 2016
Yoh Theatre Players Rehearsal
Woodstock Union High School
"These Shining Lives" was performed by the Yoh Theatre Players this past weekend in Woodstock. The play was written by Melanie Marnich and is based on the true story of four women who worked in a watch factory in Ottawa, Illinois; the play dramatizes the danger women faced in the workforce in the 1920s, and the lack of concern by companies for protecting the health of their employees.
Remember those glow-in the dark watches and clocks, well you probably never gave the "glow" a second thought.
After years of search, they find a doctor who is willing to put his name on the line and diagnose the women with radium poisoning (Dr. Dalitsch played by Eli Larabee). This in turn helps the four main characters decide to file a lawsuit against Radium Dial. An attorney, Leonard J. Grossman (Ian Dupont), agrees to take the case for free with Donohue as the lead plaintiff. They win, but Donohue dies as a result of the radium's effects. The real Catherine Donohue died on July 27, 1938, shortly after testifying before the Illinois Industrial Commission. The play premiered in 2008 at the Head Theater at Centerstage in Baltimore, Maryland under the direction of David Schweizer.
More images from the rehearsal: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Yoh-Theatre/These-Shining-Lives/