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Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 14 members
Review from saljo

Interesting woman astronomer early 1900s, actual biography, well acted and touching second act.

reviewed Apr 05 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Ellyn Conway Robbins Cole

This is an amazing play with an incredible cast! Do not miss this. Theater at its best. SCR is the premiere theater experience in Orange County.

reviewed Apr 15 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Ken Harms

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

reviewed Apr 12 2011 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

Read Lauren Gunderson’s essay on science and theater on The Huffington Post.
Learn more about Henrietta Leavitt contributions to astronomy.


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.

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