Silent Sky

Directed by Lauren Burgat

February 17 to February 26, 2023

The 5th production of the 2022-2023 Season

By Lauren Gunderson

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.

The Production Team

Lauren Burgat Director
Heather Skelley Production Manager and Stage Manager
Alexis Orth Set Designer
Jennifer Nageotte Costume Designer
Carson Duper Lighting Designer
Lauren Burgatt Sound Designer

The Cast

Jordana Wolf Henrietta
Amy Stringer Margaret
Pamela Ciochetti Williamina
Kim Seipel Annie
Omar Osoria-Pena Peter