By Lauren Gunderson
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.
Recommended for general audiences
“…SILENT SKY could act as a simple reminder of what a pleasant, thought-provoking evening at the theater ought to look like. It’s a lively, funny, accessible play that’s alive with interesting ideas.” –ArtsAtl.com.
“[SILENT SKY] is a startling, entertaining true story of a brilliant, history-making woman—hitherto unknown to many of us.” –AtlantaInTown.com.
“Lauren Gunderson’s luminously beautiful play SILENT SKY is an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Bottom line: Heavenly.” –Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
April 2-19, 2020
Wed | 7 p.m.
Fri | 7:30 p.m.
Sat | 5 or 7:30 p.m.
Sun Matinées | 2 p.m.
Subscriptions on sale now!
Single tickets on sale July 25.
As a theatre patron you receive discounted admission to the museum on the day of your ticketed performance. Get access to all galleries at our membership rates. See what’s on view
|Standard Seats||Select Seats||Premium Seats|
|starting at $20||starting at $38||starting at $45|
We offer many convenient group sales options with special benefits and savings from 10-25% off single ticket prices! Details
FAC Member Tickets
Are you an FAC Member? Log in after clicking on ticket button, purchase by phone or in person to receive member discounts! Not an FAC member? Join today
Student Rush Tickets
Students can purchase rush tickets 1 hour before the performance at the FAC front desk for $15 (Colorado College students receive a FREE rush ticket). Tickets subject to availability; Must purchase in person; CC students must present a CC Gold Card.