We are so excited to continue our 19/20 Season AN AMERICAN DREAMSCAPE with the witty, luminous SILENT SKY. Here are our top three reasons you should come see this inspiring true story:
1. One of America’s most produced playwrights, Lauren Gunderson’s work returns to American Stage during the holiday season.
Gunderson also wrote MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, which was presented during our 18/19 season.
2. Inspiring story that shines a light on a real, trail-blazing American woman.
The story of Henrietta Leavitt explores powerful and timeless themes of science, faith, family, and love.
3. Features beautiful, original music and soundscape composed by Jeremy Douglass.
Jeremy is a teaching artist at American Stage Improv and music director for their house team, DEFINITELY NOT MURDERERS. This is his first time composing for American Stage!
“There is good reason that playwright Lauren Gunderson is one of today’s most produced American playwrights. Her work consistently integrates compelling characters and timeless themes with a fresh, contemporary sensibility,” CEO/Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte said. “Last season American Stage audiences were enchanted by our production of Gunderson’s MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT THE PEMBERLEY. With SILENT SKY, we are proud to bring the work of Gunderson back to our stage with a beautiful story about one of American history’s inspiring ‘hidden figures.'”
“We are here to celebrate an astronomer’s scientific journey to map the stars and understand life on earth. It’s a dreamy and romantic look at her courageous path through a revered institution and the men who stood in her way,” Director Kristin Clippard said. “Gunderson writes about Henrietta’s pioneering spirit in a whimsical way that honors American curiosity and ingenuity. It also takes an honest look at work inequality in the early 20th century. Science, history and romance all blend together to tell this story.”
SILENT SKY runs Nov. 20 – Dec 22