Silent Sky

Friday, March 25–Sunday, April 10

7:30pm Thurs/Fri/Sat evening | 2pm Sun

Silent Sky

a play by Lauren Gunderson
Because wonder will always get us there…

It is 1900, and Henrietta Leavitt is an astronomer ahead of her time. Working at Harvard University as a human computer mapping the stars without scientific credit, Henrietta has ambitions to make discoveries of her own. But when she is told the use of Harvard’s ‘Great Refractor’ telescope is only for the men of the department, her ambitions only double Pushing aside personal relationships for the sake of discovery, Henrietta makes profound contributions to science at great personal sacrifice. Silent Sky is the poignant tale of a woman’s dedication to the stars and the humanity that makes life under them beautiful and timeless.

The Friday, April 8 performance of Silent Sky will be ASL (American Sign Language) interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing

Cast of Characters
Henrietta LeavittClaire Yearman
Margaret LeavittLauren Schulke
Peter ShawZach Gibson
Annie CannonHeidi Swarthout
Williamina FlemingJean Austin
Creative Team
directed byKrystyn Wells
assistant directorNathan Dittemore
stage managerLinda Marie Spadlowski
production managerMike Boyna
set designerMike Boyna
master carpenterMike Boyna
costumerCindy Lonhart
hair & makeupMorgan Dietkus
prop masterErin Henkel
lighting designerJim Van De Velde
sound designerDebbie Ruzicka
AV specialistAndy Kanturek

Dramaturgical Guide

Our Dramaturg, Evan Cater researched the fascinating history of the characters and situations depicted in Silent Sky to better inform our production. We present his research here, as this is a little-known story, and audiences unfamiliar with the material may want to know more.

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Photos by Ken Beach