These Shining Lives
Based on the true story of four women in the 1920's, "These Shining Lives" follows Catherine Donohue and her coworkers in a watch factory, as they paint the hour markings onto different sized watch dials using a radium compound which glows in the dark. Radium Dial, the company, assures them that there is no evidence that radium is harmful, and even claims that it has health benefits. After a few years, the workers notice that their hands start glowing in the dark. The women begin to develop ailments, including jaw infections and bone pain, but several doctors tell them that all they need is aspirin, which, of course, does not help. After years of searching, they find a doctor who is willing to put his name on the line and diagnose the women with radium poisoning. This in turn helps the four main characters decide to file a lawsuit against Radium Dial, exposing the danger women faced in the workforce and the lack of concern by companies for protecting the health of its employees. Performances through Oct. 13
Event url: www.cascadestheatrical.org/2019-2020-season
148 N.W. Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701