Thursday is MARKET DAY!!! We’ll be hanging out on the front lawn of the First Street Community Center with fresh veggies, baked goods, herbs, honey, novelty meat seasonings, homemade fruit jams, and more!!! Be sure to stop on by this Thursday, and every Thursday, from 4-6!!!!
Farmer’s Market is held: Thursdays 4-6pm, June-September
The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre is presenting These Shining Lives in the Uptown Theatre. Shows are March 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th @ 7:30 pm with a matinee March 8th @ 2 pm.
This isn’t a fairy tale, though it starts like one. It’s not a tragedy, though it ends like one.
Catherine Donohue’s opening line to the audience in These Shining Lives sets the tone for a play that is hard to categorize.
Based on the true story, it shows us the lives of the “radium girls” who painted dials with glowing radium-infused paint to create watches that could be read in the dark.
Catherine Donohue and her coworkers at Radium Dial in Ottawa, Illinois, were among the many women who worked in conditions that exposed them to a radioactive chemical that made them ill. Their fight for workers’ compensation even as they were suffering the crippling effects of the radium inspired a nation of workers to demand safe conditions from their employers.
Their efforts are described in historic accounts as heroic, but they saw themselves as ordinary people. As Catherine says: “But we’re just girls who wanted to work.”
With its simple set, small cast and Melanie Marnich’s poetic script, this story is one you will remember.
The show runs a little over an hour with no intermission; talkbacks will be held after the Saturday and Sunday shows for those who wish to stay.
We are pleased to announce that this Thursday, January 9th at 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for president Cory Booker will be available to discuss his vision for Iowa and the rest of the country as he campaigns for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
The meet and greet will be held in the Library at the First Street Community Center.
In America, our spirit is being tested by those who want to tear us apart. We have a choice to make: break into factions or rise in common purpose. Join our campaign, and we will rise together: corybooker.com/join.
Join Cory Booker in Mount Vernon where he’ll share his vision to empower Iowa by expanding opportunity and justice in every community. Doors open at 2:00.
Follow Cory as he travels from river to river reminding Iowans that together, we will rise. #IowaRise
Auditions for Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s spring production of These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich will be held on Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20 at 7 PM in the Uptown Theatre.
Roles are available for a range of ages but actors need to be at least 18 years old. There are main roles for four women and two men; smaller roles may be filled by three women and two men. No preparation is necessary. Kami Zbanek Hill is directing.
These Shining Lives is a fictionalized account of the real life “Radium Girls” of the 1920s and ‘30s who painted watch faces with radioactive paint that glowed in the dark. The play centers around four women who work in the Radium Dial Company factory in Illinois and are exposed to toxic and deadly levels of radiation. Their story of bravery and determination to create better workplace conditions and safety regulations is an important but not widely known chapter in the social history of our country.
American playwright and television writer Melanie Marnich is best known for her work on HBO’s drama Big Love and the Showtime series The Big C.
Catherine Donohue (F) a worker at the factory
Charlotte (F) a worker at the factory
FRANCES (F) – a worker at the factory
PEARL (F) – a worker at the factory
Tom Donohue (M) — Catherine’s husband
MR. REED (M) – The overseer of the factory
DR. ROWNTREE – He extols the benefits of radium to cure common illnesses
LEONARD GROSSMAN (M) – A brash lawyer
COMPANY DOCTOR – a pawn of the Radium Dial Company
RADIO ANNOUNCER –makes a performance out of selling radium to the public
DAUGHTER – Catherine’s daughter
SON – Catherine’s son
DR. DALITSCH – An incredibly honest doctor
JUDGE – Appears in the courtroom scene of Catherine’s trial versus the radium dial company
REPORTERS 1 & 2 – Speaks outside of the courthouse during Catherine’s lawsuit. They provide the opinion of the public