Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

November 14 - 18, 2018

UTC's second production of the 2017-2018 season presented the inspiring and provocative Silent Sky: an exploration of the life of Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s whose discoveries and research in variable stars laid the foundation for understanding how to measure the universe.

Known as “computers”, Leavitt and her coworkers, Annie Jump Cannon and Williamina Fleming, were members of a select group of women whose careful research and study of photographic plates, mapped the sky.

According to American Theatre magazine, Lauren Gunderson will be the most produced American playwright in the 2017-2018 season.

In an article in The New Yorker titled “You’ve Probably Never Heard of America’s Most Popular Playwright”, Daniel Pollack-Pelzner wrote that “Gunderson has built a national reputation with works that center on women’s stories. A typical Gunderson protagonist resembles her author: smart, funny, collaborative, optimistic—a woman striving to expand the ranks in a male-dominated profession.”

The creative team included:

Gaye Jeffers (director and sound design), Adam Miecielica (set design), Kimberly Davis (costume design), Alex Miller-Long (lighting design), and John R. Burgess (technical director).

The company of Silent Sky included:

Maya Abram (Annie Jump Cannon), Samantha Burns (Williamina Fleming), Cierra Dolata (Henrietta Leavitt), Rachel Shannon (Margaret), and Nick Sterling (Peter Shaw). Stage manager is Skylar Ramsey with Claire Johnson as the assistant stage manager.