REQUIREMENTS / NOTICE: All actors will be fully vaccinated. To keep our audiences, actors and crew safe, we strongly suggest ALL who attend be fully vaccinated. Only exception are for kids under the required age who should wear masks. For extra safety, we will follow all CDC guidelines.

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THE STORY: 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.


“…sheer magic [is] in Lauren Gunderson’s SILENT SKY…Gunderson [writes] economically and with bursts of smart, infectious humor.” —San Francisco Chronicle.

“…SILENT SKY could act as a simple reminder of what a pleasant, thought-provoking evening at the theater ought to look like. It’s a lively, funny, accessible play that’s alive with interesting ideas.” —ArtsAtl.com.

“[SILENT SKY] is a startling, entertaining true story of a brilliant, history-making woman—hitherto unknown to many of us.” —AtlantaInTown.com.

“Lauren Gunderson’s luminously beautiful play SILENT SKY is an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Bottom line: Heavenly.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Silent Sky is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Produced by: Deborah Burke

Production Team

Director : Tanya Feduik Smith

Auditions

When:
Sunday & Monday, November 14 & 15
Where:
Powerhouse Theatre, Waveny Park
Roles:
Henrietta Leavitt: starts in her 30s, ends in her 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: starts in her 30s, ends in her 50s. A homebody, creative, genuine, sweet-natured, realist. Henrietta’s sister. (Ability to sing and pretend to play the piano a plus.)
Peter Shaw: starts in his 30s, ends in his 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 : 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: starts in her 50s, ends in her 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.)
theater set of a living room

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