True Story Resounds in ‘Silent Sky’

Published on Sep 10, 2022

This fall season, Sierra Madre Playhouse (SMP) presents its production of Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky,” live on stage this fall, opened Friday, Sept. 9. 

“Silent Sky” is the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, directed by Barbara Schofield. 

After being postponed in 2020, SMP is ready to launch “Silent Sky” this 2022! 

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Leavitt, 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 her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. 

“Silent Sky” 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. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way people understand both the heavens and Earth. 

At the moment, proof of vaccinations against COVID-19 and the wearing of face masks are still required at all events at Sierra Madre Playhouse. All county COVID-19 protocols in effect at the time of opening will be followed. 

To purchase tickets, visit Tickets are $25 to $45. 

For more information, call (626) 355-4318. 

Sierra Madre Playhouse is at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre.

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