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silent sky
by lauren gunderson

 

jan 25 - feb 11, 2024

Directed by Levi Gore

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.

 

The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Roles:

Henrietta Leavitt – 30s - brilliant, meticulous, excited - almost always wearing a period hearing-aid.

Margaret Leavitt - 30s - homebody, creative, sweet, sister.

Peter Shaw - 30s  - the head astronomer's apprentice ... and the man.

Annie Cannon - 40s – the leader, terse and sure, grows into a firebrand.

Williamina Flemming - 50s - smart as a whip and fun, Scottish.

meet the team

lauren gunderson
  -playwright


 

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Lauren Gunderson is an American playwright, screenwriter, and short story author, born in Atlanta. She lives in San Francisco, where she teaches playwriting. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Emory University in 2004, and her Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2009, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.

Lauren Gunderson's works heavily focus on female figures in history, science, and literature. She is one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country, She has had over twenty plays produced including, I and You, Émilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, Parts They Call Deep, and Background.

She is married to virologist Nathan Wolfe and has 2 sons.

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levi gore
  -director


 

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Levi Gore is an Actor and Director and a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association (AEA). He grew up in Amarillo, Texas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from West Texas A&M University. Following graduation, Levi honed his skills by working with various theatre companies in Austin, Atlanta, and New Jersey before relocating to Albuquerque in 2020.

 

A founding member of The Stage Austin, he moved to Albuquerque in 2020 with his wife, Kaylee. He made his acting debut in Albuquerque during the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival's 2021 production of Hamlet and subsequently in the Festival's 2022 production of As You Like It. As a director, he directed The Tempest and As You Like It for the City Theatre in Austin, Lovers, and Madmen A Midsummer Night's Carnival for The Stage Austin, and most recently Constellations at The Vortex Theatre in Albuquerque, and is co-directing the anticipated revival of All Is Calm with Mother Road Theatre.

 

With a profound passion for Theatre and extensive knowledge of Shakespeare's works, Levi is eager and excited to collaborate and grow with as many outstanding artists as he can

Aislinn Schroeder
    - Stage Manager

Aislinn Schroeder is Senior at Volcano Vista High School. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she enjoys working as a mentor in JROTC and in her high school's theater program, The Dragons. The AS66 production Copenhagen is her first show outside high school productions. She extremely excited to learn and work in the

New Mexico theater industry, including Actors Studio 66

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designers & crew

Riley Lewis
    - Lighting Designer

Rikki Lowder
  - Props Designer

Mattie Roos
    - Set Designer

kaylee silcocks
    - costume Designer

banx tenario
    - sound Designer

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