Sep 09 - Oct 09 , 2022

Silent Sky

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When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she doesn’t begin by looking through a telescope. She joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars as a vital part of the world’s first study of the sky done from photographs. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she also takes measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. Based on the life of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries. 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. 

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This show is 2 hours long, with one 15-minute intermission.

THE SILENT SKY LECTURE SERIES

In conjunction with our production of Silent Sky, Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting The Silent Sky Lecture Series, in which distinguished speakers from the worlds of science and academia will provide fascinating historical and scientific insights into Henrietta Leavitt’s work and profoundly impactful discoveries. Learn more about each of our 4 events below, and donate to support the costs of these special free events here!

Saturday, September 17 at 5 pm
The Game-Changer: How Henrietta Leavitt Made Modern Astronomy Possible with John Mulchaey

Join us for the first event of this lecture series, where John Mulchaey, director of Carnegie Observatories, will speak on Henrietta Leavitt. RSVP here!

Dr. John Mulchaey is Director of the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, a world-famous center for research on the evolution of the universe. He was a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow before joining the scientific staff in 1999, and was named Director in 2015. Today he leads the Pasadena campus as well as the Carnegie's large-telescopes site in Northern Chile. In addition, Dr. Mulchaey is Science Deputy of the Observatories’ parent organization, the Carnegie Institution for Science, where he oversees the Institution’s 5 departments in the physical sciences and life sciences. Dr. Mulchaey’s research focuses on many key areas in astronomy, including dark matter and black holes; he is also a consultant to NASA and the National Science Foundation.  In addition, he has created educational programs that reach audiences throughout Southern California and beyond.  These include the highly popular Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series each spring, and special programs for gifted high school and undergraduate science students, among many others.  Dr. Mulchaey has also made Carnegie Observatories the world’s leading destination for top young postdoctoral fellows launching their careers in astronomy.  In 2020 he received the RHSTAR Humanitarian Award for his service to scientific education.

Saturday, September 24 at 5 pm
Women Astronomers at Mount Wilson: The Early Years with Dr. Eun-Joo Ahn
Join us for the second event of this lecture series, where Dr. Eun-Joo Ahn, historian from UC Santa Barbara and Mt. Wilson, will be talking about women scientists at Mt Wilson. RSVP here!

Eun-Joo Ahn is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of California Santa Barbara. She researches on how astronomers in Southern California interacted with their natural and socio-economic environment during the early twentieth century. Previously, she received her PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Chicago, and was postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Sunday, October 2 at 5 pm
Women in the Background: Astronomy History's Deep Field with Kit Whitten
Join us for the third event of this lecture series, where Kit Whitten, archivist and librarian, Carnegie Observatories, will be speaking on women in astronomy. RSVP here!
 

Saturday, October 8 at 5 pm
Exploring Space in Cyberspace with George Djorgovski
Join us for the fourth and final event of this lecture series, where George Djorgovski, Professor of Astronomy and Data Science, Director, Center for Data Driven Discovery, Caltech, will be speaking on the Virtual Observatory. RSVP here!

S. George Djorgovski is a Professor of Astronomy and Data Science, and the Director of the Center for Data-Driven Discovery at Caltech.  He worked on a broad range of topics, including studies of the very distant galaxies and quasars, fundamental properties of nearby galaxies, globular star clusters, gravitational lenses, cosmic gamma-ray bursts, etc., and he is the author or a coauthor of over 600 scientific publications.  He led three large digital sky surveys, and he is one of the founders of the global Virtual Observatory framework, and of the vibrant new field of Astroinformatics.

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Cast Members
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Ann Marie Wilding

April Elize

Candida Celaya

Aubrey Saverino

Jack Menzies

Madi Bready

Madelyne Heyman

Gloria Tsai

Chris Granlund

Credits

A play by

Lauren Gunderson

Directed by

Barbara Schofield

Set Design

Barbara Schofield

Costume Designer

Shon LeBlanc

Lighting Designer

Derek Jones

Projection Designer

Fritz Davis

Scenic Painter

Orlando de la Paz

Sound Design

Jeanne Marie Valleroy

Stage Manager

John Dimitri

Assistant Stage Manager

Dori Jurican, Jeanne Marie Valleroy

Production Manager

Jeanne Marie Valleroy

Technical Director

Todd McCraw

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