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Ford's Theatre Society Announces Full Casting for Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY Ford's Theatre Society Announces Full Casting for Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019

Ford's Theatre Society announced full casting and the design team for Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, a captivating play based on the life of trail-blazing astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. The Ford's Theatre production is directed by Seema Sueko and features Laura C. Harris (Arena Stage's The Heiress, Signature Theatre's The Flick) as Henrietta Leavitt, Nora Achrati as Annie Jump Cannon, Emily Kester as Margaret Leavitt, Jonathan David Martin as Peter Shaw and Holly Twyford as Williamina Fleming. Performances are January 24 to February 23, 2020. A media performance is scheduled for January 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: SILENT SKY  at American Stage A Cosmic And Timeless Love Story, Where Powerful Women Take A Stance BWW Review: SILENT SKY at American Stage A Cosmic And Timeless Love Story, Where Powerful Women Take A Stance
by Drew Eberhard - Dec 2, 2019

An old fashioned hearing aid and a strong willed woman at its helm with dreams as big as the universe she wishes to discover is one of many centralized themes presented in this brilliant staging of Lauren Gunderson's Silent Sky at American Stage Theatre. At the center of the stage two desk faced by numerous books on shelves in a workspace for women at Harvard University, where women are paid a mere .25 cents on the hour to a?oecomputea?? and manually log the patterns of stars in the galaxy given on glass plates by their male counterparts. At this point in Harvard's history women were not allowed to work alongside the men no matter their prior education or status. Men had their place, and women had theirs and men liked to make sure the women knew their place in the hierarchy. It was one women's dream to be credited amongst the likes of men in the Astrology department, and through sheer will power she set out to prove just that. (more...)

BWW Previews: SILENT SKY IS STORY OF FEMALE ASTRONOMERS at American Stage BWW Previews: SILENT SKY IS STORY OF FEMALE ASTRONOMERS at American Stage
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Nov 18, 2019

During the holiday season, Lauren Gunderson's Silent Sky opens at American Stage. Sometimes described as the Hidden Figures of astronomy, like Katherine Johnson in the 2017 movie, Henrietta Leavitt received little credit for her discovery. (more...)

BWW Review: SILENT SKY at Detroit Mercy Theatre Company is Unexpectedly Brilliant! BWW Review: SILENT SKY at Detroit Mercy Theatre Company is Unexpectedly Brilliant!
by Katie Laban - Oct 23, 2019

Raise your hand if you have ever discovered something new, Googled it, found the Wikipedia page, which then made you go off on a flurry of related topics and suddenly time has just passed by? I'll raise both hands because I'm not ashamed to say that this happens to me often. Sunday was one of those days, all thanks to the fantastic production of Silent Sky at Detroit Mercy Theatre Company who educated me on Henrietta Leavitt. The Lauren Gunderson play is the fascinating true story about the 19th century astronomer who was hired to join a group of women a?oecomputersa?? and living in an age when women could neither vote nor express an original idea. Despite not being allowed to touch a telescope, Leavitt and her female colleagues at the Harvard Observatory made ground-breaking discoveries about the universe that remain vital more than a century later. The simplicity and elegance of this production of Silent Sky made the importance of Gunderson's words stand out to the audience and the cast of five worked seamlessly together to bring this impactful and moving production to life. It is a brilliant piece of Michigan theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: SILENT SKY at Des Moines Playhouse: Keep Looking Up BWW Review: SILENT SKY at Des Moines Playhouse: Keep Looking Up
by DC Felton - Jun 1, 2019

Growing up, I was fascinated with space. I loved looking up and learning about the stars. I still find myself occasionally looking up at the beauty of the stars. Watching Lauren Gunderson's 'Silent Sky' at the Des Moines Playhouse, reminded me of that fascination I had as a kid. The show did that by telling an amazing story, and accenting it with beautiful music and images. (more...)

Evergreen Players Presents SILENT SKY Evergreen Players Presents SILENT SKY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2019

Evergreen Players presents 'Silent Sky' March 15 through April 7 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO. Performances are Today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 Adults; $20 students/seniors (60+), Youth (12 and under) $15 by calling 303-674-4934 or online at www.evergreenplayers.org. Group discounts are also available. (more...)

Evergreen Players Presents SILENT SKY Evergreen Players Presents SILENT SKY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019

Evergreen Players presents 'Silent Sky' March 15 through April 7 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 Adults; $20 students/seniors (60+), Youth (12 and under) $15 by calling 303-674-4934 or online at www.evergreenplayers.org. Group discounts are also available. (more...)

Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY Shines A Light On Female Astronomers Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY Shines A Light On Female Astronomers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019

The play's director Claudia Billings says 'Gunderson in the most exciting playwright working today. She has made it her career focus to bring the stories of women who didn't get the recognition they deserved - to the forefront. The script has found huge success across the nation since it's release in 2011. We are beyond excited to bring it to the Las Cruces area. With NMSU's rich history and research in Astronomy, we feel like this is the perfect story to tell.' (more...)

Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY Shines A Light On Female Astronomers Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY Shines A Light On Female Astronomers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2019

The play's director Claudia Billings says 'Gunderson in the most exciting playwright working today. She has made it her career focus to bring the stories of women who didn't get the recognition they deserved - to the forefront. The script has found huge success across the nation since it's release in 2011. We are beyond excited to bring it to the Las Cruces area. With NMSU's rich history and research in Astronomy, we feel like this is the perfect story to tell.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SILENT SKY At NMSU Photo Flash: First Look at SILENT SKY At NMSU
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2019

Astronomer Henrietta Leavitt trades the comforts of her rural home for a job at the Harvard Observatory in Massachusetts. Her ambition leaves both her family and her new colleagues (women known simply as "computers") perplexed. But with a single discovery, their views of themselves, each other, and the universe itself will be upended for all time. An incredible story of bold love, boundless determination, and the vast grandeur of the cosmos-an unparalleled treat for the heart, mind, and senses. (more...)

Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY Shines A Light On Female Astronomers Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY Shines A Light On Female Astronomers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2019

The play's director Claudia Billings says 'Gunderson in the most exciting playwright working today. She has made it her career focus to bring the stories of women who didn't get the recognition they deserved - to the forefront. The script has found huge success across the nation since it's release in 2011. We are beyond excited to bring it to the Las Cruces area. With NMSU's rich history and research in Astronomy, we feel like this is the perfect story to tell.' (more...)

BWW Previews: Sinclair Theatre presents
Women Astronomers story with SILENT SKY BWW Previews: Sinclair Theatre presents Women Astronomers story with SILENT SKY
by Jenni Cypher - Jan 23, 2019

Sinclair Theatre will present SILENT SKY, February 8-16 in its Black Box Theatre, Building 2, on the downtown Dayton campus. (more...)

BWW Review: SILENT SKY at East Lynne Theater Company BWW Review: SILENT SKY at East Lynne Theater Company
by Donna Marie Nowak - Oct 9, 2018

SILENT SKY at East Lynne Theater Company is brilliant look at the big picture fueled by one woman's impassioned curiosity. It is the story of Henrietta Leavitt who helped determine the vastness and depth of the universe in an age when women at Harvard College Observatory, where she worked, were not even allowed to look through the telescope. (more...)

MRT Wins Four Major 2018 Irne Awards MRT Wins Four Major 2018 Irne Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2018

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) is proud to announce that it has won four 2018 Awards from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) in the large stage category (more...)

BWW Review: SILENT SKY Gathers Women With Requisite Blend of Grace and Ferociousness BWW Review: SILENT SKY Gathers Women With Requisite Blend of Grace and Ferociousness
by Robert Encila-Celdran - Mar 7, 2018

Chalk it up to antiquated gender politics that a woman must shatter a glass ceiling to validate her achievement. Despite a long history of injustice, the establishment is relatively unscathed and rarely accountable. (more...)

Merrimack Repertory Theatre Earns 15 Nominations In The 2018 Irne Awards Merrimack Repertory Theatre Earns 15 Nominations In The 2018 Irne Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2018

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) is proud to announce that it received 15 nominations from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) for its 22nd Annual IRNE Awards, including nominations in the Best Play and Best Director categories for Silent Sky and The Royale, and two nominations for My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend, including Best New Play. (more...)

New Stage Theatre Presents SILENT SKY New Stage Theatre Presents SILENT SKY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2018

New Stage Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson's Silent Sky February 13-25, 2018. Curtain times and dates for performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. (more...)

SILENT SKY Continues Clague Playhouse's 90th Season SILENT SKY Continues Clague Playhouse's 90th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2018

'Silent Sky' by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Curt Arnold presents the real-life story of Henrietta Leavitt and the women working behind the scenes at the dawn of modern astronomy. Henrietta leaves her family in Wisconsin to join a group of women "computers" at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, where she is not even allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Balancing her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love, she makes a breakthrough discovery that enables astronomers to calculate the distance between Earth and remote galaxies and stars. A celestial romance and true story of discovery. Featured in our cast are Brittany Nicole Gaul as Henrietta Leavitt, Jill Kenderes as Margaret Leavitt, Andrew Keller as Peter Shaw, Pam Matthews as Annie Cannon and Molly Clay as Williamina Fleming. (more...)

East Lynne Theater Company Announces Auditions in NYC, Philly, and Cape May East Lynne Theater Company Announces Auditions in NYC, Philly, and Cape May
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2018

East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) will have three Equity open-call audition days for its 2018 Season. Non-union actors will be seen, as long as no members of Actors' Equity are kept waiting. The theater is located in Cape May, NJ where all shows will be rehearsed. The company operates under an Equity SPT 3 Contract. (more...)

Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY to Shine a Light on Groundbreaking Female Astronomers at Merrimack Rep Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY to Shine a Light on Groundbreaking Female Astronomers at Merrimack Rep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) continues its 39th season with Silent Sky, the phenomenal work from playwright Lauren Gunderson, whose I and You charmed and stunned MRT audiences in October 2015 and later transferred Off-Broadway to become an audience hit and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee. (more...)

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