Heather says: "I fell head over heels in love with this script and knew immediately that I had to direct it and Richie had to design it. It is a really great fit for our space. I love, love a good historical fiction book. I read them all of the time and I think that might be one of the many reasons I love this script. I also went to Space Camp in the 80s and have been obsessed with all things space and astronomical since I was little and made my parents cart my little red beginner telescope down the street to the Coldwell Banker building so I could view a lunar eclipse from their parking lot. AND the central character and I almost share a birthday. This story is about Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer at Harvard College Observatory in the beginning of the 20thcentury. She was a “computer”. The female computers there couldn’t use the refracting telescope. They had to rely on glass plates instead. She established a system that helps astronomers measure stellar distances. Don’t fret though, this story has more to do with Henrietta as a person than period-luminosity. It’s about the balance between ambition and relationships (work-life balance even). Love and discovery and accomplishment. There’s also some magic scripted (the story is about stars) and I cannot wait to see what Richie does to make that happen. I don’t like to pick favorites but the science-obsessed middle-schooler in my soul is jumping up and down about this one. (So is the all-business Heather version of me.)"
120 minutes, one intermission
“…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.”
“[SILENT SKY] is a startling, entertaining true story of a brilliant, history-making woman—hitherto unknown to many of us.”
“Lauren Gunderson’s luminously beautiful play SILENT SKY is an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Bottom line: Heavenly.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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