Audition Notice

These Shining Lives – by Melanie Marnich

If one woman were to tell the truth about her life, the world would split open. Muriel Rukyser

Location – Powerstories Theatre, 2105 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Audition Date – Wednesday, December 19 – 2 to 8 pm (an alternate date can be scheduled if necessary – preferably during the day)
Director – Fran Powers
To schedule an audition time, contact – Fran Powers at or call 813-205-3451
Rehearsals to begin January 14. Evenings and weekends.
12 Performances – February 7 – 24. Thursdays, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Non union. Small actor stipend.

Prepare 2 monologues, comedic and dramatic up to 1 minute each.

4 women – young adults – late teens to 30’s
2 men – one 20’s to 30’s. One can be older.

THESE SHINING LIVES chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. 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.

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 its employees.