Guest artists partner with PC for These Shining Lives production
Under the direction of a local guest artist, Providence College students will turn back the hands of time to perform the production These Shining Lives.
These Shining Lives is a play written by Melanie Marnich that follows the story of four women during the 1920s. It explores their lives as they work painting watch faces in a factory, unknowingly exposing themselves to the harmful, radiant paint.
For this production, PC’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film is working for the first time with Rachel Walshe, a local director and teaching artist whose works have been seen across New England, Chicago, and the United Kingdom.
Walshe, the recipient of a 2002 Rhodes Scholarship, directed These Shining Lives in Chicago as part of the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. Now, she brings that experience to PC’s Angell Blackfriars Theatre.
Eight PC students are working with Walshe, all of whom are theatre majors or minors, though cast positions for Department of Theatre, Dance and Film productions are open to all students. These four actors and four actresses are joined by 10 other students working as crew and stage managers, and more than 20 students building the sets and costumes in the Smith Center workshops.
In addition to Walshe, PC welcomes Sara Ossana, Marilyn Salvatore, Jen Rock, and Dave Rabinow, four guest artists who will design scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound, respectively, and help set the tone of the play.
“When selecting plays, we try to find material that will provide student actors with an opportunity to stretch their abilities and grow as artists. It’s also our goal to find plays that will benefit the PC community by telling stories that demonstrate the resiliency of the human spirit even in the face of conflict and suffering,” said John P. Garrity ’73, associate professor of theatre and managing director of the Blackfriars Theatre.
“This play, set in the 1920s and 30s, focuses on the relationships of four women in the workplace. While there is some humor in this world,” he added. “The play deals with very serious issues at its core.”
These Shining Lives will be performed two consecutive weekends, February 7-9 and February 14-16. Showings will be at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.providence.edu/theatre or at the box office in the Smith Center for the Arts. Hours are Monday through Friday from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., as well as an hour before shows.
To purchase tickets over the phone, call 401-865-2218. Tickets are $5.00 for students, $9.00 for senior citizens and PC faculty and staff, and $13.00 for the general public.
— Nick Tavares ’16
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