DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Loras Players, the theatre production arm of Loras College’s Division of Communication & Fine Arts, present Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, Thursday–Saturday, October 31–November 2 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
“I’m very excited to share this fictionalized biography with our community,” says Ryan M. Decker, assistant professor and director of theatre. “As these women explore the unknown, they must reexamine – and, in some instances, upend – the ‘known.’ Science and poetry, math and music, light and darkness dance in a combination of heart and humor that is irresistible.”
The cast includes senior Amber Krieg (as Henrietta Leavitt), senior Caroline Breitbach (Margaret Leavitt), senior Morgan Muenster (Annie Jump Cannon), senior Brigid Flaherty (Williamina Fleming), and junior Sam Martin (Peter Shaw). Decker directs and designs with stage management by junior Amelia Foley, assistance by sophomore Jake Heelein, and costume design by guest artist Michelle Blanchard.
Silent Sky runs Thursday–Saturday, October 31–November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Auditorium, Hoffmann Hall on the Loras College campus. General admission is $15; Loras-affiliated admission is free.