She Died for Our Convenience

A new performance at paragon mill in olneyville on may 4, 2019

“That seems like it should be the end of the story, but it isn’t.”
— Sarah Zhang's article in The Atlantic, "A Century Later, the Factory That Poisoned the ‘Radium Girls’ Is Still a Superfund Site"

We are surrounded by ghosts. We hear their stories through the objects, buildings, and traditions they’ve left behind. She Died for Our Convenience is a one-night-only choral haunting concerning the women who worked from 1898-1960 in the textile mills at the Earnscliffe Woolen Mill/Paragon Worsted Co. on Manton Ave in the Olneyville neighborhood in Providence, RI.

Through group songs, mysterious projections, stark lighting, and true stories, on the evening of May 4, 2019 we will listen to the stories of the women who worked in the mills at the very place they worked, endeavoring to sing songs to their unsung labor, while remembering that we are tomorrow’s ghosts. Whose song should we be singing today?


We are looking for at least 100 people to sing and perform who:

  • are women or AFAB nonbinary

  • have a desire to sing & move

  • can rehearse in Providence from 6:30-8pm March 18 & 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29 + 6-10pm April 30, May 1, 2, 3 + TBD the day of the performance Sat May 4

  • are all ages, all abilities, and any experience level


to attend She died for our convenience:

Because of mildew, mold, and neglect, the mill is no longer safe for people to spend time in, and so the performance will be outside. You do not need a reservation to attend, as there is no real limit to the number of people who may attend. We will, however, have a limited number of chairs available, and so you are encouraged to bring your own. There will be times when you are asked to move from one place to another, but you not be asked to climb stairs or move in places that are not unpaved.

The performance is May 4, 2019 at 8pm at 25 & 39 Manton Ave. Park across the street at the mill parking lot. Free.

Email Rebecca at for questions or information.

Developed as part of the Providence Preservation Society’s Sites & Stories Explored initiative, our creative team includes:

Directors: Jed Hancock-Brainerd & Rebecca Noon

Historian: Evelyn Sterne

Textile & Costume: Priscilla Carrion

Sound, Light & Video: Andy Russ

Fabrication & Space: Emily Shapiro

Composer & Choral Director: Chrissy Wolpert

Choruses cultivated with help from Jodi Glass