Silent Sky

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, 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; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.


Show Dates

January 18, 2019 - February 10, 2019

Tickets for this show are no longer available.

Show Credits

By Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Nancy Bloom

Cast and Crew

Henrietta Leavitt

Monica Wolfkill

Margaret Leavitt

Natasha Gavin

Peter Shaw

Steven Meeks

Anne Cannon

Lizzie Martingayle

Williamina Fleming

Pam Good


Nancy Bloom

Assistant Director

Meg Murray

Stage Manager

Robin Martineau

Stage Manager

Lisa Bolen


George Horvath

Scenic Designer

Alex Mason


Donna Lawheed

Lighting Designer

Alex Mason

Light/Sound Operator

Cegan Hinson


Nancy Bloom & Jeff Seneca

Costume Designer

Lisa Bobotas

Costume Assistants

Kyle Jacobs & MaryLou Mahlman

Hair Designer

Marilyn Abernathy