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Silent Sky

October 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


A play by Lauren Gunderson

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.

$20 at the door | $15 for Seniors & Faculty | $7 for children 12 and under | Marshall University students admitted FREE with a valid ID.
Call 304-696-ARTS (2787) for tickets and more information.


October 10, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Joan C. Edwards Preforming Arts Center
1655 5th Ave
Huntington, WV 27501 United States
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