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November 27, 2016 (El Cajon) — Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre will present “These Shining Lives” in December.  The play recounts the true story of women workers exposed to radiation at the Radium Dial Company. Their fight for justice and their sacrifices created a legacy of better working conditions for future generations. 

The play is set in 1920s in Ottawa, Illinois. For a woman, good-paying work is hard to find, yet the assembly line is in full swing at the factory of the Radium Dial Company. Here, Catherine Donohue and her coworkers spend their days hand-adorning the hour markings on clocks and watches with glow-in-the-dark radium paint whose dangerously radioactive properties are unknown to the workers and downplayed by the bosses.  As the women begin suffering from mystifying and terrifying ailments, they suspect their job may be to blame and forge bonds of kinship as they pursue their quest for justice.

Directed by Beth Duggan, the show’s performance dates are December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m., and December 3 & 10 at 2:00 p.m.  (Tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for faculty, staff, seniors and Military, and $10 for GCCCD students.) Tickets are available at (619) 644-7234, at the Stagehouse Theatre Box Office 22A/200A1 at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, in El Cajon, or online at  

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