When astronomer Henrietta Leavitt began working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she didn’t start by looking through a telescope. She joins a group of women “computers”, mapping the stars as part of the world’s first study of the sky made from photographs. As Henrietta, in her spare time, attempts to measure starlight and distance, she also takes stock of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of life. ‘love. Based on the life of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, silent sky explores the place of women in society at a time of immense scientific discoveries.
“Lauren Gunderson’s piece of luminous beauty silent sky is an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Conclusion: heavenly. —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Lauren Gunderson is the playwright of 21 plays produced. She holds an MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts and is a Berrilla Kerr Prize winner. His previous works include A brief history of almost everything; The Cafe Van Gogh; The Happy Elf; The Incredible Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and His Dog!; Me and you (made into a movie starring game of thrones’ Maisie Williams); and much more. silent sky had its South Coast Repertory premiere in 2011.
Barbara Schofield directs. At the Sierra Madre Playhouse, she has directed productions of Incident in Vichy (LA Times Critic’s Choice), Evidence, Arcadia and The Fantastics. She is director-in-residence and literary manager at the Open Fist Theater Company. She is a board member of Sierra Madre Playhouse. She was a faculty member of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Additionally, Barbara has directed or starred in productions in New York, Kansas City, London, and Berlin. Dr. Schofield earned her Ph.D. in Theater from Tufts University.
The cast for silent sky includes Ann Marie Wilding, April Elize, Candida Celaya, Aubrey Saverino and Jack Menzies. Liners: Madi Bready, Madelyne Herman, Gloria Tsai, Cristiana Barbatelli and Chris Granlund.
PLEASE NOTE: Covid-19 safety protocols in effect on performance dates will be adhered to. At the time of writing, spectators must be masked and vaccinated. The Vax card or digital recording will be verified.
“silent sky” is the story of a real woman whose life and discoveries were extremely important for the exploration of the universe.
“Silent Sky” runs until October 9, 2022. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Saturday mornings at 2 p.m. on September 17, 24, October 1 and 8.
Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Ample free parking is available on the streets and adjacent lots. Tickets are $45. Seniors (65+) $40. Youth (21 and under) $25. Teen tickets (ages 13-19) are available for $5 through the TeenTix Pass program. Go to their website to find out more. Reserve your tickets at (626) 355-4318. SierraMadrePlayhouse.org