Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Sasha Stewart Miller
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.
November 10- December 16
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
Thursday, December 13th at 7 pm (Followed by Q & A)
No Performances November 23-25
1316 Cabrillo Ave. Torrance, CA 90501
General Admission: $30
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Phone: (424) 243-6882 (Please leave a message, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.)
The Torrance Theatre Company is a program of the Cultural Services Division of the Torrance Community Services Department.www.TorranceCA.Gov. Sponsored in part by Friends of Torrance Theatre Company, a recognized 501c3.
Silent Sky is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc, New York.