March 2021 | Volume 201
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 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 her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman's place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries.
Silent Sky stars Jenna Hill as Henrietta Leavitt with Anna Bui, Rebecca deBoer, Kartjik Kadam, and Rhona McCallum Lichtenwald. It is directed by Laura McLean, with original music by Jenny Giering, lighting design by Mark Carter, projection design by Nico Dicecco & Jonathon Paterson, sound design by Nico Dicecco, set design by Todd Parker, costume design by Julie White, props & set dec by Vanessa Jones, stage management by Jonathon Paterson, technical direction by Leighton Taylor, and is produced by Fran Burnside.
Silent Sky runs on-line from March 26 – April 18, Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm, Sundays at 2pm. Should we be permitted to do so, we will also run in-house at the Jericho Arts Centre on those dates.
Tickets for any performance are regular $30, seniors & students $26, available on line at www.unitedplayers.com. Ticket holders can make a reservation on-line or by phoning 604 224 8007, ext. 2.
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