By Lauren Gunderson
Directed By Patrick Nims & Melissa Riley
Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
November 30th - December 15th
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman's place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women's ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. When she starts work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, Henrietta isn't allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women "computers," charting the starts 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 dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.
BEYOND THE PAGES OF THE SCRIPT
Sunday November 18th • 1pm - 2pm
Beaverton City Library • Grades 3 - 8 with family
Astronomy: The Science of Silent Sky - Meet cast members and learn about astronomy, history, and women in science at this event, co-hosted with the Beaverton City Library Youth Services Division.
Wednesday November 28th • 7pm
Beaverton City Library Auditorium
Join us for a special 50-minute preview event for the upcoming production of Silent Sky. Meet the cast and explore the night sky and the women who made critical, groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of space with guest presenter Dr. Kathy Kornei, astronomer and member of the Rose City Astronomers.
Sunday December 9th
Immediately following the 2pm performance
Join us for a brief talkback with the cast and crew of Silent Sky and engage in an informal, moderated discussion about the production design, rehearsal process, creating characters, and more.
HENRIETTA LEAVITT - Karen Moore
MARGARET LEAVITT - Nicole Rayner
PETER SHAW - Les Ico
ANNIE CANNON - Sara Beck
WILLIAMINA FLEMING - Lalanya Gunn