Silent Sky

13 May

04-28-2017 to 05-13-2017 – Pygmalion Theatre Company’s season continues with “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Mark Fossen, which plays April 28 through May 13. The show features Brenda Hattingh, Hannah Minshew, Elizabeth Golden, Michael Scott Johnson and Teresa Sanderson

“Silent Sky,” tells the true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, which plays out against a landscape of fierce sisterly love, early feminism, universe-revealing science, and a time when humans were called “computers.”

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.

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