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Astounding True Story Relayed in Drama Coming to Pepperdine

melanie-marnichThe Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division Theatre Department will present Melanie Marnich's drama These Shining Lives at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 through Saturday, Jan. 31, with a 2 p.m. matinee on January 31, at the Malibu campus' Lindhurst Theatre.

The drama recounts the true story of the strength and determination of the all-female dial painters who painstakingly and unwittingly applied radioactive radium paint to the numerals on watch and clock dials during the first quarter of the 20th century. These women refused to allow the dial company, which was more concerned with profit than safety, to kill their spirits. This is a play about survival and moral justice in the face of mortal peril.

Scott Alan Smith directs the Pepperdine student cast which features Billy Baker, Sarah Barney, Will Craig, Alexis Fitting, Karolina Keach and Grace Porter.

These Shining Lives is presented as part of Pepperdine's Mary Pickford-Stotsenberg Performances series. No late seating is allowed. There will be a talkback with the cast and director following the Wednesday performance.  These Shining Lives is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Tickets, priced at $15 for the public, $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, and $12 for Pepperdine faculty and staff, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or visiting the Center for the Arts website.