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Whitworth Theatre to stage "These Shining Lives" for spring 2015

February 10, 2015

The spring Whitworth Theatre production will feature These Shining Lives, based on the tragic story of the ill-fated “Radium Girls” in 1920s Illinois. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on March 6, 7, 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. on March 8. All showings will take place in Whitworth’s Cowles Auditorium. General admission is $10; $8 for students and seniors aged 62 and over.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at For more information, please call 509.777-4374.

The “Radium Girls” were a group of women employed by a local factory to hand-paint watch faces and were exposed to radium poisoning as a result. The play follows the events of four of the women who face public discrimination, the consequences of corporate greed, and the unknown dangers of the “wonder chemical” radium. The story explores one of the earliest struggles for worker rights in the U.S.

Professional guest director Susan Hardie is thrilled to join Whitworth Theatre for These Shining Lives. “It is a privilege to share this transcendent, true story of four working women who had the courage to stand up to the company that knowingly poisoned them.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Kim Dawson, Whitworth Theatre program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3707 or

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