This fall season, Sierra Madre Playhouse (SMP) presents its production of Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky,” live on stage this fall, opening Friday, September 9th.

“Silent Sky” is the true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, directed by Barbara Schofield.

After being postponed in 2020, SMP is ready to launch “Silent Sky” in 2022!

When Henrietta Leavitt began working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she was not allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of “computer” women, mapping the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for women’s polling theories. While Leavitt, in her spare time, tries to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take the measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her devotion to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.

“Silent Sky” explores women’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discovery, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be difficult to see when one is ensnared in earthly complications; Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication has changed the way people understand both Heaven and Earth.

At this time, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and the wearing of face masks are still required at all events at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. All county COVID-19 protocols in effect at the time of opening will be followed.

To buy tickets, go to Tickets cost between $25 and $45.

For more information, call (626) 355-4318.

Sierra Madre Playhouse is at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in the Sierra Madre.

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