How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did)

 by Jennifer Wynne Webber

WITH GLOWING HEARTS is the rousing true story of a group of hard rock miners’ wives who came together in 1941 to stand up for better conditions for their families. They became the heart and soul of a union movement that ultimately changed their lives — and the world.

Scirocco Drama recently published WITH GLOWING HEARTS.  Please ask your local library and bookstore to carry the book. You can also order copies at online booksellers (such as Amazon) or from the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Canadian Play Outlet,
or direct from the publisher here: https://www.jgshillingford.com/shop-books/with-glowing-hearts/

Women’s March, Kirkland Lake, 1941 (Photo: City of Greater Sudbury Heritage Images, Solski Collection, ID# MK2344)

Your heart will glow with pride in our history and fill with hope for our future. A ‘must see’ for everyone – whether you are a social activist or not. Go celebrate this true story and leave inspired and challenged.”Barb Byers, Member of the Order of Canada, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress

This play is just what you’ll need to lift your hearts and your spirits! What an inspiring story. . .” — Lori Johb, Secretary-Treasurer, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour


(L-R) Linda Pollard, Tamara McCarthy, Michelle Lieffertz, Amber Landry TheatreOne, April 2018

Upcoming & Recent Events. . .

        • With Glowing Hearts” wins the 2019 SATAward for “Outstanding Original Script
        • Dancing Sky Theatre‘s stellar production of “With Glowing Hearts” is nominated for 7 SATAwards, winning the 2019 SATAward for “Outstanding Production.”
        • With Glowing Hearts” was recently published by Scirocco Drama and will soon be available in local bookstores and libraries. If you don’t see it, please ask for it!
        •  Follow me on Twitter for up-to-date news of upcoming readings & book launch events.
        • With Glowing Hearts” Book launch and Author Reading event as part of Kirkland Lake’s 100th Anniversary, June 28th, Museum of Northern History.
        • Dancing Sky Theatre in Saskatchewan mounted an all-new production of “With Glowing Hearts” in the spring of 2019 — with plans to remount and tour the show in 2021. Stay tuned.
        • New York’s Urban Stages, an Obie Award-winning Off-Broadway theatre, hosted a staged reading of “With Glowing Hearts” in 2018. The reading took place Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 pm with a fun pre-reading reception. (Urban Stages is at 259 West 30th St. (between 7th & 8th Avenues)
          The reading was directed by Kim Sharp, and the New York cast included Stephanie Cozart, Lauren Schaffel, Stephanie Stone, and Valerie Terranova.
          The reading was part of Urban Stages’Words by Women” Week which ran April 23-26th, 2018.
        • A premiere of the new full-length version of “With Glowing Hearts”  played as part of TheatreOne’s 2017-18 MainStage Series in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. Directed by David Mann, the cast featured Amber Landry, Michelle Lieffertz, Tamara McCarthy, and Linda Pollard.
        • In June, 2017, a shorter “lunch hour”version of With Glowing Hearts was part of Lunchbox Theatre’s new play festival: The Suncor Stage One Festival of New Work.  The festival workshop culminated in a public staged reading on June 23rd. Directed by Valmai Goggin, the cast featured Amy Burks, Cheryl Hutton, Kristen Padayas, and Val Planche.


Response to With Glowing Hearts, Saskatoon Fringe 2016

The biggest winner was WITH GLOWING HEARTS” . . . a triumph Ned Powers, SaskatoonExpress

BEST OF THE FEST” — 2016 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival, Saskatoon

“…spare, sensitively written and beautifully paced” — Ian C. Nelson

“…I laughed and cried. I got angry. I gained courageI am more hopeful than ever that together we can make our lives, our communities, our country and our world a better place for all.” — Barb Byers, Member of the Order of Canada, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress

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Background. . .

The original one-act version of “With Glowing Hearts” was commissioned by Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan at the University of Saskatchewan and was based on her historical and sociological research.

Performed by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Drama students and alumni, the play had a preview performance in Waskesiu, SK on June 13, 2016 at the SGEU Prairie School for Union Women, before being mounted at the Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival from July 28- August 6th, 2016. There it enjoyed a highly successful run, garnering enthusiastic reviews and consistently sold-out houses.

(Pictured below: (L-R) Nadia Mori as Cécille Gauthier, Erin Carson as Dorothy Macfarlane, Rachelle Block as Poppy Chytuk, and Caitlin Zacharias as Kay Carson.) By the end of the Fringe, after a run of sold-out performances, WITH GLOWING HEARTS had earned the largest box office receipts of the festival, and officially won the title, “Best of the Fest.”

Original Student/Alumni production – Saskatoon Fringe, 2016: (L-R) Nadia Mori, Erin Carson, Rachelle Block, and Caitlin Zacharias

Video about the making of With Glowing Hearts… 

“With Glowing Hearts: Academic Page to Popular Stage”:

Promo Videos… 

TheatreOne promo video:

Vintage typewriter promo – for TheatreOne’s April 11-14th run on Vancouver Island:

Video teaser for the upcoming run at TheatreOne on Vancouver Island:

Video teaser from the 2016 U of S student/alumni Fringe production of the original one-act version play. (Video by S.E. Grummett)