SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson

Director: Tanya Feduik Smith

SHOW DATES: Feb. 11-27 (Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm)
approx. 2 hour show.

AUDITIONS: at Powerhouse Theater, Waveny Park, New Canaan

Sunday, November 14 7pm through 8:30 pm
Monday, November 15 7pm through 8:30 pm

If you have resume/headshot please bring to audition, but not necessary.  Please arrive within the first 30 minutes of audition start time. THANK YOU!

REQUIREMENTS: All actors must be fully vaccinated and be able to show proof.  We will follow all CDC guidelines.


The cast requires four females and one male, all of whom should be able to realistically portray the characters over the course of the 20-year span of the plot. The characters are:

• Henrietta Leavitt, age starts in 30s, ends in 50s. Brilliant, determined, meticulous, excited, a dreamer, hard of hearing (wears a period hearing aid), has never much cared for the “status quo.”

• Margaret Leavitt, age starts in 30s, ends in 50s. A homebody, creative, genuine, sweet-natured, realist. Henrietta’s sister. (Ability to sing and pretend to play the piano a plus.)

• Peter Shaw, age starts in 30s, ends in 50s. The apprentice to the head astronomer at Harvard, reserved, his views have never really been challenged prior to the events of the play. He is the supervisor of the women at the observatory and in love with Henrietta, as she is with him.

• Annie Cannon, age starts in 40s, ends in 60s. A leader of the group of women in the observatory, tough, terse, sure of herself, grows into a firebrand for the suffrage movement.

• Williamina Fleming, age starts in 50s, ends in 70s. a Scot, intelligent, witty, warm and outgoing, the first of her kind, smart as a whip and fun. (This role requires a Scottish accent.)

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In this true story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th century astronomer hampered in her passions because she was born into an age where women didn’t pursue such things, the struggle for equality is brought to vivid life.  The play blends humor and romance in a riveting exploration of her life and how she fearlessly asserted herself in the male-driven, turn of the century world of science and academia.