Measuring in Light.
The true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt plays out against a landscape of fierce sisterly love, early feminism, universe-revealing science, and a time when humans were called “computers.” This beautiful play from Lauren Gunderson (author of Know’s Toil and Trouble and Cincinnati Playhouse’s The Revolutionists) reveals how a group of extraordinary women found a way to measure the universe, providing a glimpse of the light within us all.
In collaboration with the Cincinnati Observatory, Know Theatre is inviting students from all over the tri-state to two special performances of Silent Sky. Before these shows, there will be a panel featuring several Greater Cincinnati women working in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fields, who will share their experience with the students in attendance. Know Theatre and the Observatory are proud to collaborate on this important project to highlight brilliant women in science of the past and present in hopes of inspiring the future generation of women in STEM.
directed by Tamara Winters
scenic & lighting design by Andrew J. Hungerford
costume design by Noelle Wedig
sound design by Doug Borntrager
props design & scenic art by Sarah Beth Hall
Annie Fitzpatrick* as Annie Jump Cannon
Justin McCombs* as Peter Shaw
Miranda McGee as Margaret Leavitt
Regina Pugh* as Williamina Fleming
Maggie Lou Rader as Henrietta Leavitt
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association under a Special Appearance Agreement.
Here’s more info on the show from our blog!
“there’s something about the story – and, in this case, the Know Theatre’s production – where the senses are heightened to a level that defies conventional description.” – David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer
“Silent Sky is a charmer of a biographical fantasy and Know’s production is a crowd pleaser.” – Jackie Demaline, River City News
Critic’s Pick “a rapturous portrait of a real woman, Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring astronomer from a century ago” – Rick Pender, CityBeat
|Production Sponsors||Education Sponsor||Education Partner|
|The Rodenberg Family Foundation
and a coalition of additional donors led by
Priscilla O’Donnell and
|Duke Energy||The Cincinnati Observatory|