"Astronomy wouldn’t be what it is today without an ability to measure distances. This was all made possible by the work of Henrietta Swan Leavitt...Through Ms. Leavitt and the other Harvard Computers, we know that we are but a small speck in the wide-open universe and are ever on a quest to understand it."
~ Upper School physics teacher Dr. Leslie Chamberlain
A decade before women gained the right to vote, Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow women “computers” transformed the science of astronomy with their innovation and determination. This, despite the fact that their groundbreaking contributions were often dismissed or stolen by the men they worked under.
Lauren Gunderson's Silent Sky explores the true story of Henrietta Leavitt. This inspiring drama reveals the brilliance, passion, and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of the cosmos. Silent Sky finally puts these women in the center.
"My young, starry-eyed cast and crew have put their hearts and minds into making this show come to life," Director Janette Fox Klocko wrote in her program note. "We have been trying to find our way through the darkness, and have been bumping into all the problems that rise up in the little universe that makes up the rehearsal process. COVID-19 has slowed us down, and even forced us to change how we make theatre, but it has never stopped us. It was no easy task going from rehearsing a live performance to making it a virtual one. Let’s just say we used the courage and tenacity of Henrietta Leavitt and her colleagues as our inspiration."
Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson will be streamed virtually premiering on November 19 at 6:30 p.m. If you cannot tune in live, visit HarpethHall.org to watch a video of the performance available through November 21.