Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

September 28 – October 22, 2017

Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s: grave men peer through their giant telescope. Behind the scenes, Henrietta Leavitt and her female “computer” partners map the distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. Fueled by insatiable curiosity, Henrietta’s brilliant work will pave the way for ground-breaking discoveries and modern astronomy. But she struggles for recognition in a man’s world. In this magical story of science, history and love, a passionate young woman maps her own passage through a society determined to keep her “in her place.”

“This play, as staged by this cast, is bound to make heavenly music. Hear it while you can…”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“This play is a beautiful story told with sensitivity and delight and the kind of thing that Next Act does as well, or better, than any other company in town.”Dave Begel On Theater

“…not only a history of a forgotten chapter in science but a lesson in the art of the theater…”Urban Milwaukee Dial

“Even though it deals with the dark mysteries of the universe, there’s something positively sunny about SILENT SKY…” – Milwaukee Magazine

“Next Act brings the earthbound realities of early 20th century astronomy into a cozy, little studio theatre space.” – The Small Stage

“…this remarkable Next Act ensemble is sowing their own sort of legacy right here in Milwaukee.” – Planet Kelsey


David Cecsarini, Director

Deborah Staples as Henrietta Leavitt
Karen Estrada as Margaret Leavitt
Reese Madigan as Peter Shaw
Carrie Hitchcock as Annie Cannon
Kelly Doherty as Williamina Fleming



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