A part in the play
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Location: Local (Cleveland Area)
Show Dates: March 9 – 31, 2018
SILENT SKY presents the real-life story of Henrietta Leavitt and the women working behind the scenes at the dawn of modern astronomy. Henrietta leaves her family in Wisconsin to join a group of women “computers” at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, where she is not even allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Balancing her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love, she makes a breakthrough discovery that enables astronomers to calculate the distance between Earth and remote galaxies and stars. A celestial romance and true story of discovery.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Henrietta Leavitt –30s, brilliant, meticulous, excited. Works at Harvard Observatory charting stars for the male astronomers.
Margaret Leavitt – 30s, homebody, creative, sweet. Henrietta’s sister in Wisconsin.
Annie Cannon – 40s/50s, terse, confident. Henrietta’s co-worker and the leader of the “girls” at the Observatory.
Williamina Fleming – 40s/50s, smart as a whip, fun, Scottish. Henrietta’s co-worker.
Peter Shaw – 30s, handsome, a bit bumbling. Head astronomer’s apprentice at Harvard Observatory.