THESE SHINING LIVES, by Melanie Marnich
Directed by Julie Hauwiller
Audition Dates: Thursday, January 27th at 7pm and Sunday January 30 at 3pm
Performance Runs April 1-10
It’s the 1920s, and Catherine Donohue and her female co-workers enjoy their jobs at Radium Dial Company where they paint the numbers on watch faces using luminescent radium powder. But when the girls fall ill, their concerns are snubbed by their employer. A trusted doctor assures them they do indeed have a fatal condition due to radium poisoning. The girls have two choices: die quietly, or take Radium Dial to court. These heroic women choose to fight! They win their case, resulting in changes in worker safety in Illinois factories. Based on the true story.
Catherine Donohue, 20s – 30s Actress must be on the slender side. Happy wife and mother of twins. Excited to work, bringing home a bigger income than her hubby. (Plays only herself.) *She and hubby Tom share several kisses and general physical affection.
Charlotte, 20s – 40s Wisecracking, blunt. Puts up a bravado front. Loves her job and co-workers, and is a top-notch worker. (Also plays Reporter 1.)
Pearl, 20s, Joke-telling (all corny!) member of the troupe. Loves her job and her co-working friends. (Also plays Daughter & Judge.)
Frances, 20s, The “moral conscience” of the troupe. Loves her job and her co-working friends. (Also plays Reporter 2 & an Official.)
Tom Donohue, 20s – 30s Works high above Chicago, riveting skyscrapers. Loving hubby and father of twins. Supports his wife Catherine in her employment, and during the trial proceedings. (Also plays Dr. Rowntree & Dr. Dalitsch.) *He and wife Catherine share several kisses and general physical affection. Also, must be willing to be clean-shaven by performance time.
Mr. Reed Mid 20s – 50s: The Girls’ boss at Radium Dial Co. Strictly business, but congenial, pleasant. Actor must have a strong range, as he also plays lawyer Grossman, Radio Announcer, Company Doctor, & Son. *Must be willing to be clean-shaven by performance time.
Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Headshots/resumes helpful, not required!
Come at least 15 minutes early to take headshots and fill out the audition form.