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"

The performance is May 4, 2019 at 7pm at 25 & 39 Manton Ave. Park across the street at the Atlantic Mills parking lot. Free.

The entire performance is outside, because the mill is not currently safe. We will ask you to move from one place to another throughout the evening, but you will not climb stairs or move in unpaved areas. Please bring your own chair, as needed and appropriate clothing for the weather.


About the performance

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 mill at the Earnscliffe Woolen Mill/Paragon Worsted Co. on Manton Ave in the Olneyville neighborhood in Providence, RI.

On the evening of May 4, 2019 we will encounter a large community chorus, led by Chrissy Wolpert, singing melodies dedicated to the women at the very place they labored. Join us as we endeavor to sing the songs to unsung labor, while remembering that we are all but tomorrow’s ghosts.

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

Directors: Jed Hancock-Brainerd & Rebecca Noon

Composer & Choral Director: Chrissy Wolpert

Choral Asst & Associate Artist: Clara Weishahn

Textile & Costume: Priscilla Carrion

Sound & Light Consultant: Andy Russ

Fabrication & Space Consultant: Emily Shapiro

Historian: Evelyn Sterne

Thanks to Rhode Island College for support

Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.