___These Shining Lives received its World Premiere at Baltimore Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland on April 30, 2008 – Irene Lewis, Artistic Director, Michael Ross, Managing Director.
It was developed at Baltimore Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland, as part of their First Look Festival; The History Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, as part of their Raw Stages Festival; The Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois; Primary Stages as part of their Primetime Reading Series; and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California, as part of their New Works Festival.
It was commissioned by Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois.
Facts from the book “Deadly Glow” by Ross Millner were used with permission of the author. This version of the play has been written especially for the 2013 production at Park Theatre. The play takes place in Illinois, USA during the 1920s and 1930s.
Alec trained at LAMDA and NYT.
Theatre includes: King Lear (Donmar), Dantons Death (NT), The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Hampstead Theatre), The Soldiers Fortune, Andorra (Young Vic), Plenty (Albery), Certain Young Men (Almeida), Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello), The Recruiting Officer (Chichester Festival), The Glass Menagerie, Translations (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh) and The Revengers Tragedy (Orange Tree).
TV includes: Waterloo Road, Dracula, Silent Witness, Hope Springs, The Reichenbach Falls, Spooks, Children Of Dune, Frankenstein, Enterprise, Dark Shadows, Tru Calling, Angel, Nightflight, Dune, Murder Rooms, Judge John Deed, The Rag Nymph, Blonde Bombshell, Peak Pactice, Dangerfield, Taggart and Casualty.
Film includes: Greyhawk, A Lonely Place To Die, Blackwater, The Gene Generation, Moonlight Serenade, The Fifth Patient, Constellation, Staring At The Sun, Four Corners Of Suburbia, Bright Young Things, The Principles Of Lust, The Death Of Klinghoffer, Long Time Dead and G:MT.
Nathalie trained at LAMDA.
Theatre includes: The Little Prince (Lyric Theatre Belfast), Viva Forever (Workshop), 24hr Plays (The Old Vic), The Boyfriend (Her Majesty’s West End).
Radio Includes: BBC Radio 4’s A Change In The Willows.
Theatre whilst at LAMDA includes: Celia in As You Like It, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Arcadia, Gloriously Mucky Business, The Seagull, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Innocent Mistress, Tartuffe and The Changeling.
Melanie has a BA in Theatre & English from the University of South Carolina and an MA in Theatre from the University of Hull. She has just returned from shooting Portait
Theatre includes: Romantic Comedy (UK tour), Misconceptions (Hong Hong Arts Centre), A Season in South Africa (Old Vic), Simpatico (White Bear), The Rainmaker and Independence (Tabard Theatre).
Television includes: Portrait (dir. Ridley Scott). Radio includes: Serious Money, Trying and a number of BBC dramas. Film includes: The Bourne Ultimatum and Super Storm.
She is also a dancer and choreographer. Choreography credits include Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson, Oxford) and Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse).
Melanie is co-founder of Transmission – a weekly workshop for professional actors, writers and directors, where the emphasis is on sharing creative concepts and developing skills.
David began acting in New York and New Jersey.
UK credits include: The Event (UK tour, Edinburgh Fringe First winner), Americana Absurdum (Menier Chocolate Factory, Edinburgh Fringe First winner), Horse Country (Riverside Studios, Traverse Theatre, UK tour and Edinburgh Fringe First winner). Since 2000 he has performed in 7 Fringe First winning plays in Edinburgh (including The Exonerated and Fatboy, screwmachine/eyecandy – both with Mike McShane) in addition to roles in Guy Masterson’s production of 12 Angry Men (with Bill Bailey) and Assembly Theatre’s Midnight Cowboy.
Since 2009 he has toured John Clancy’s The Event (theeventplay.com) in Adelaide and Perth Australia, Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow (The Citizens) and many other cities worldwide. He was The Stage Best Actor Award winner in 2002 for Horse Country in Edinburgh and the Best Theatrical Performance Award winner at the Adelaide Fringe Festival for The Event in 2010.
Trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Rob’s designs include Ignition for Frantic Assembly, Rigor Mortis (Finborough Theatre), Misery (Bournemouth Pavillion). As Associate Lighting Designer his credits include; Peter and Alice (West End), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time (NT and West End), The Audience (West End), Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty (UK Tour), Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour) to name a few.
Ben trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.
His credits as production manager include: Grounded (Gate Theatre), Mydidae (Soho Theatre & Trafalgar Studios), ‘Where the Mangrove Grows’ (Theatre 503), Mudlarks (Bush Theatre), Dance Umbrella, Dance United and 20/20 LIFT (Platform Theatre). As deputy production manager: Children of the Sun and Port (National Theatre). As assistant production manager: Wild Swans (Young Vic).
___Everyone knows what life was like in the Roaring Twenties. We’ve read Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway. We’ve listened to Scott Joplin and Louis Armstrong. We’ve laughed at the slapstick of Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin. We’ve tapped our toes to the Foxtrot, the Camel Walk and, of course, the Charleston. It was just one continuous party, wasn’t it?
Well, it could have been, provided you had plenty of money. But, if you had to go out to work, especially, in the rapidly expanding field of manufacturing, life was very different. You slaved away for long hours. Your pay was a pittance. And, as for job security – or health and safety – well, forget it!
Supporting the American Dream
Life was getting better and better – and labour-saving developments, such as the vacuum cleaner and the washing machine, were making life easier for the new, emerging middle class that had surplus money and a compulsion for spending it. This fuelled the demand for consumer goods, including cars, such as the Chrysler Imperial and the Ford Model T. The new technology led to an unprecedented need for new infrastructure. Road construction, of course, was crucial to the motor industry. At the same time, electrification progressed rapidly – with more and more of the U.S. and Canada being added to the electric grid.
Meanwhile, telephone lines were being stretched from one side of the continent to the other. Indoor plumbing and modern sewer systems were installed in many new regions, as urbanisation reached a climax. The nation was fascinated with its great metropolitan centres that contained about 15% of the population. New York and Chicago vied in building the greatest number and height of skyscrapers.
The economy was booming – and, as the stockmarket continued its apparently inexorable climb, more and more people bought stocks and shares. Riches were there to be grabbed in both hands. There was no hint of the Great Depression that was to arrive a decade later.
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