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These Shining Lives

These Shining Lives

These Shining Lives

By Melanie Marnich
Directed by William Payne
Mar 1 - 3 & 13 - 17 @ 7:30pm
Mar 18 @ 2pm

Marshall Performing Arts Center - Dudley Experimental Theatre
General admission seating
Approximate run time: 90 minutes (no intermission)

Raised in Duluth, playwright Melanie Marnich spins this poetic love story/docudrama about strong women fighting for a safe workplace in the roaring 1920s and the Depression Era.


Talkback on Tuesday night, March 13, immediately following the performance, with Beth McCuskey (Duluth Central Labor Body President).

Talkback on Wednesday night, March 14, immediately following the performance, with Alyza Bohbot (owner of City Girl Coffee Co.) and Laura Weintraub (co-owner of AimClear). The topic will focus on the relationship between employers and employees, as well as the guests experiences as women in businesses that are often male-dominated.

About Melanie Marnich

Melanie Marnich
Photo: Kevin Mclaughlin

Melanie Marnich was born and raised in Duluth, Minn. Her plays include QuakeBlurTallgrass GothicCalling AllBeautiful AgainThese Shining Lives, and The Storm Coming. She has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2005. Her play, A Sleeping Country, premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as winner of the Mickey Kaplan New American Play Prize. Her play, Cradle of Man, received the 2007 Carbonell Award for Best New Work of the Year and was a finalist for the 2006 Weissberger Award. Tallgrass Gothic was recognized as “Best New Script” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2006. In 2005, her play, These Shining Lives, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Weissberger Award. Two of her plays, Quake and Tallgrass Gothic, have premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. Her adaptation of Katie Couric’s book, The Brand New Kid, premiered at the Kennedy Center in November 2006. Her awards include, two McKnight Advancement Grants and two Jerome Fellowships from The Playwrights’ Center, the Samuel Goldwyn Award, an Ohio Arts Council Grant, the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award and the Melvoin Award from Northlight Theatre (Chicago). Her plays have been produced or developed at New York’s Public Theater, London’s Royal Court Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, The Actors Studio, Geva Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre, American Theater Company, HERE and Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Commissions include, the Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage and South Coast Repertory. She is a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center and a writer on the Showtime series, The Big C.



Tuesday BOGO tickets for UMD Students, UMD Faculty and UMD Staff available at the MPAC box office.  Please present your university ID when ordering.

All ticket holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to the performance. Any open seats may be sold at that time. No late seating for performances in the Dudley Experimental Theatre.

Audio description is available upon request with a two week advance notice. For further information, please call 218-726-8561.

* All 2 PM Sunday matinees will be ASL interpreted.  Please inquire about details and seating locations.


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Contact us:
University of Minnesota Duluth
School of Fine Arts
Ticket Office
1215 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812-3041



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