Written by: Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Diane Pritchard
Actors' Studio Production
Presented in the William M. Staerkel Planetarium
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; balancing her dedication to science with family obligations, and the possibility of love. This 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.
Venue: William M. Staerkel Planetarium
7:30 pm Performances
March 7, 8, 9, 10
3 pm Performances
March 9, 10
Rated Teen for adult language and adult content
Tickets: All Tickets $20
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Opportunities to attend callbacks with the cast and crew as well as Science Lectures will be available. More information to be announced in February 2024.