Silent Sky

by Lauren Gunderson

April 5 – June 23, 2018

With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being allowed to touch a telescope, Henrietta and her coworkers at the Harvard Observatory made ground-breaking discoveries about the universe that are still vital today, over a century later. If you liked the movie Hidden Figures, you won’t want to miss this “luminously beautiful play” that will change how you look at both the heavens and the earth.

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson
photo by Peterson Creative Photography & Design


Did you know that Lauren Gunderson is the most-produced playwright of the 2017-18 theatre season? Find out more about her at her own website: CLICK HERE.

Read the Post-Bulletin review: CLICK HERE.

Download a Study Guide for Silent Sky. CLICK HERE

Listen to an interview with director Adrienne Sweeney on WPR. (The audio file on the linked page contains two related interviews. To jump to Adrienne’s interview by Hope Kirwan, move the play head slider to 30:23): CLICK HERE.



In this video from South Coast Repertory, playwright Lauren Gunderson discusses Henrietta Leavitt and her lasting contribution to the science of astronomy:

This 18-minute documentary describes Henrietta Leavitt’s contribution to astronomy, as told by astronomers and scientists with a historical perspective on her life and work:

Here’s a brief (4-minute) synopsis of Henrietta Leavitt’s life and work:

Silent Sky was sponsored in part by:
Wisconsin Public Radio

Photos from Silent Sky:

Click any image below for a slideshow. Photos by Jason Underferth, except for performance photo (starlight fills the theatre) by Peterson Creative Photography and Design.