Williamston Theatre to Present SILENT SKY

Williamston Theatre to Present SILENT SKYMid-Michigan's award-winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre, located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston, kicks off Lucky Season 13 with the Michigan Premiere of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson. Performances for this stunningly beautiful play begin Thursday, September 20 and run through Sunday, October 21. Tickets are now on sale.

Astonishing discoveries await Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. This brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle, though, for recognition in the man's world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place. A stunningly beautiful tale, based on the true story and science of early 20th century female "computers" at Harvard Observatory.

The cast of Silent Sky consists of two newcomers to the Williamston stage, Katherine Banks and Annie Dilworth, along with Sarab Kamoo (boom, Panache), Michael Lopetrone (Out of Orbit, Beau Jest) and Karen Sheridan (Memoir, Chapatti). Williamston Theatre's Artistic Director, Tony Caselli (Doublewide, Beau Jest), is the Director of Silent Sky. The production team includes Scenic Design by Kirk Domer (Doublewide, Our Lady of Poison), Lighting Design by Daniel Huston (The Lion in Winter), Costume Design by Karen Kangas-Preston (Memoir, Our Lady of Poison), Sound Design by Quintessa Gallinat (Doublewide, The Taming), Props Design by Michelle Raymond (Memoir, Doublewide) and Projections Design by Bradley Branam. The Stage Manager is Stefanie Din (Doublewide, Beau Jest).

Performances for Silent Sky will run from September 20 through October 21 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at eight o'clock and Sunday afternoons at two o'clock. Starting September 29th three o'clock performance will be added to the remaining Saturdays of the run. The first four performances of Silent Sky, September 20 -23, are Preview performances where audience members will have the opportunity to take part in the process of creating a show by participating in a talkback session with the director following each performance. The Official Opening Night is Friday, September 28 and the Conversation Sunday for Silent Sky is Sunday, October 14.

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can for the Preview on Thursday, September 20. Remaining Preview tickets are $19.00. Starting Thursday, September 27 tickets prices are $28.00 for Thursday evenings, $33.00 for Friday and Saturday evenings and $30.00 for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Senior citizens (65 and older) and members of the Military receive a $2 discount on all tickets. Student tickets (with a valid student ID) are $10 for all performances. Flex Passes for the 2018-2019 Season are $176 and provide you with 6 Passes that can be used in any combination for any of the 6 shows in the 2017-2018 Season. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more (booked at least 1 week in advance through the Box Office). Tickets can be purchased Tuesday - Friday from 12-6pm by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the Box Office and ordered on-line up until 1 1/2 hours prior to the performance by visiting our website www.williamstontheatre.org. Payment is required at the time the reservation is made.

This production is made possible in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the Williamston Sunrise Rotary. The Production Sponsor is Plante Moran.

The Williamston Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional live theatre company, dedicated to producing plays that excite, engage and entertain our audiences. The theatre opened its doors in 2006, is the winner of a 2014 National Theatre Company Grant from The American Theatre Wing and has received a number of local awards including the 2008 Robert Busby Award for extraordinary overall contribution to theatre in the Greater Lansing Area.

Williamston Theatre patrons will find ample parking on the street and in several municipal lots throughout the city. The theatre is located in downtown Williamston (exit 117 off of I-96) just south of Grand River Avenue. Additional information about the company and the 2018-2019 Season is available online at www.williamstontheatre.org or by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469).

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