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Parkland Theatre Presents "Silent Sky"
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Parkland Theatre Presents "Silent Sky"

"Silent Sky" comes to the William M. Staerkel Planetarium March 7-10.

"Silent Sky", written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Diane Pritchard, comes to the William M. Staerkel Planetarium March 7-10. 

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 Leavitt, 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; Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.
 
Diane Pritchard directs a cast that includes Sophie Accardo, Spencer Baker, Braedon Arnett, Li Reichlin, Macy Hamm, and understudy Jera Sotero.

Performances take place in the William M. Staerkel Planetarium March 7, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 9, 10 at 3 p.m.  

There will be a talk back with the cast and crew after the opening night performance on Thursday, March 7, and a Q&A session featuring a representative of the local astronomy community after each matinee on Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10. Talkbacks and Q&A sessions are free to attend and included with your ticket.

This show is rated Teen for adult content and language.

Tickets: All tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.parkland.edu.  

Parkland Theatre wants all our guests to have an enjoyable experience. The William M. Staerkel Planetarium is wheelchair accessible and has accommodations for patrons with limited mobility. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please indicate when purchasing tickets. 

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