Silent Sky

Written by Lauren Gunderson

February 23 - March 17, 2024

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 2pm

Monday, March 4 at 7:30pm - Pay What You Can

Post-show audience discussions - February 24 and March 10

Set in the early 20th century, the play tells the inspiring true story of the astronomer Henrietta Leavitt.  It explores the struggles and triumphs of a woman whose passion for astronomy challenged societal expectations and changed the way we understand the universe. With music and math bursting forth onstage, “Silent Sky” is an uplifting and thought-provoking theatrical experience. Appropriate for ages 10+.

Run time:  2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission
Content Warning:  NA
Audio Described performance:  Sunday, March 17 at 2pm
Post Show Discussions: Saturday, February 24th – Women in Astronomy Panel; Sunday, March 10 – Discussion with Cast, Director and Special Guest Dr. Roberta Humphreys



Henrietta Leavitt – Eva Gemlo
Margaret Leavitt – Clare Rolinger
Peter Shaw – Ben Qualley
Annie Cannon – Rachel Postle
Williamina Fleming – Wini Froelich


Director – Gretchen Weinrich
Stage Manager – Sarah Schmitt
Set Designer – Sadie Ward
Lighting Designer – Peter W. Mitchell
Costume Designer – Colleen O’Dell
Prop Designer – Mark Steffer
Sound Designer – Warren Sampson
Assistant Stage Manager – Katy Humnick
Assistant Costume Designer – Madee Weisner
Assistant Prop Designer – Chris Goddard
Light Board Operators – Katie Dismang/Molly Leone
Sound Board Operators – Laura Doty/Jessie Fanshaw

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February 24: Women in Astronomy Panel

Join us after the production for a moderated discussion with a panel of women from the Astrophysics Department at the University of Minnesota.

March 10: Audience Discussion with Cast and Special Guest

Join us after the production for an audience discussion with the cast, director, and special guest, Dr. Roberta Humphreys, observational stellar astrophysicist and Professor Emerita at the U of M.


Photo by Tom Taintor
Photo by Tom Taintor
Photo by Aaron Mark
Photo by Aaron Mark
Photo by Anya Magnuson