Science on Stage: SCR Presents the Premiere of Lauren Gunderson's Silent Sky
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Featured review from Carol Carranza
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We enjoyed Silent Skies and appreciated the added humor. We would have liked more details of her life in the script, but perhaps it isn't known. I especially liked the Purport of the Skies and The Astronomical Glossary in the program. Thank-you.
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First act slow, second act, dealing with interpersonal and philosophical issues, much more interesting. Some good aphorisms -- to her lover who is on a voyave to Europe, "We are afar, not apart." Read her Wikipedia bio first -- it deepens the...continued
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She stared at the heavens, and what she saw there changed the course of astronomy. But when Henrietta Leavitt arrives at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or even express an idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for an astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for Henrietta’s probing theories. But as she measures the light of distant stars, she must also take the measure of her life on Earth, answer questions of love, family and the hope of heaven in this exquisite new play—an homage to the beauty of the Earth and the glory of the skies.
Henrietta is the protagonist of Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky_, an SCR-commissioned work having its world premiere on the Segerstrom Stage in April. Gunderson has always had an interest in scientific subject matter, and wrote about an earlier woman of science in her play _Emilie, which had its premiere on the Argyros Stage in 2009.
A post show discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 13.