Silent Sky

by
Lauren Gunderson

Directed by
Roxana Bell &
Ryan Bergeron

Costumed by
Meghan Barylak

Technical Direction by
Tim Anderson

Co-Produced by
Tim Anderson &
Sarah Price

May 6–21, 2022

Broadview Heights Spotlights Cultural Arts Building


When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

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Cast

Katie Atkinson, Henrietta Leavitt

Tara Corkery, Margaret Leavitt

Andrew Keller, Peter Shaw

Theresa Pedone, Annie Cannon

Peggy Newton, Williamina Fleming

At this time, masks for audience members are strongly encouraged.

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Performances:

  • Friday, May 6 @ 7:30PM
  • Saturday, May 7 @ 7:30PM
  • Friday, May 13 @ 7:30PM
  • Saturday, May 14 @ 7:30PM
  • Sunday, May 15 @ 3:00PM
  • Friday, May 20 @ 7:30PM
  • Saturday, May 21 @ 7:30PM

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