Genre: Drama
By Melanie Marnich and Directed by Bridget Leak

1920'S Chicago, over 1000 women worked at The Radium Dial Factory.The higher ups wore masks as the women were encouraged to work with harmful products. Victimized by their employers, these women rose to become heroes. Based the true story of Catherine Donohue and her friends who sued the factory and changed labor union laws for generations to come. "These Shining Lives" is a story of change, friendship, love, loss and the courage to persevere.

About the Company: Infinite Variety Productions

Infinite Variety Production's mission is: To create opportunities for female artists. To voice the words of unnoted storytellers. To broaden the public purview one audience at a time.


Infinite Variety Productions was started by Ashley Adelman and Maria Makenna, who have been working in the New York theatre scene for several years.
After finishing prestigious acting programs at The Actors Studio Drama School, NYU TISCH and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, they eagerly entered the scene, hoping to become a part of something that would have a real impact on the world around them. They soon discovered that the best way to be a part of something important is to create it.
Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit", their first production, opened to great acclaim in June of 2011 at Theatre For The New City. It was theatre that incited real conversation! The ladies were inspired to tackle their next project, Shirley Lauro's "A Piece of My Heart". The play,based on true stories of women who served in Vietnam, opened on Veteran's Day 2011 at The Tank Theatre to sold out performances.  The Living Theatre, after seeing the show asked the women of IVP to bring the play to their theatre in February!

IVP was even honored by several women who had served in the war, who graciously agreed to a talkback following the show. The stories these women told reinforced what Ashley and Maria had begun to understand: too many of these stories have gone unheard. IVP is looking forward to telling many more.

Cast: Ashley Adelman, Maura Zooey Barry, Holly Kay Benedict, David Herigstad
Open:   05/24/13
Close:   06/02/13

Friday May 24th @ 7:00PM
Saturday May 25th @ 7:00PM
Sunday May 26th @ 3:00PM
Friday May 31st @ 700PM
Saturday June 1st @ 7:00PM (Including Talkback)
Sunday June 2nd @ 3:00PM
Theater:   The Tank @ 46th Street
Address:   151 w. 46th St. (b/t 6th and 7th Av
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$16.00 Online/ $20.00 (Door)
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
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JAKE CULLENS is honored to be a part of the 2012 cohort of ASDS.  Jake has performed in film, television, and theatre in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

Theatre credits include Ms. Prism in Oscar Wilde, "Importance of Being Ernest" at Tribeca Performance Arts Center, Lorraine in Bonnie Wright's "Underneath the Pain" at the Producers Club, Miss Green in "Intern Fest" at the Ensemble Studio, Wincey Terry's "Extreme Truth"; Gender Matters/Black Wax/Tables Turned and Sarah in Debra Conn's "Clinically Speaking/Jesus Loves me in Waco" at Theatre on Three. She is currently a student at BMCC.