The story of four women who painted the faces of watches with radium is told in the play “These Shining Lives,” which will be the second show of Eastbound Theatre’s 25th season starting Friday, Feb. 1.

Eastbound, a division of Milford Arts Council, will present what MAC is calling the first fully staged Connecticut production of the play by Melanie Marnich, directed by Rich Mancini.

The play chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, particularly four women who became sick from handling the glow-in-the-dark substance in Ottawa, Illinois. (There were “Radium Girls” in New Jersey and Waterbury, too.)

The company told them that there was no evidence that radium is harmful but the women ultimately developed radium poisoning. They go to legal battle against the company that stole their health. Director Mancini of Stratford, in a MAC release, describes the play as “a powerful, poetic, and moving piece of theater about an American tragedy… but one that elevates the strong and spirited women that inhabit its world far beyond the status of ‘victims.’”

Friday and Saturday shows are with cabaret seating and bring-your-own food and drink. Sunday shows are with theater row seating.

Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave. South, Milford. Feb. 1-17, Fridays through Sundays, 8 p.m. except Sundays, which are at 2 p.m. $20-$16. 203-878-6647 milfordarts.org