Silent Sky

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by
Hjalmer Anderson

How a woman with determination, passion and sacrifice redefined our understanding of the cosmos

Coming February 10, 2023!

Henrietta Leavitt changed astronomy forever, before women were even allowed to vote.

When Leavitt moved to Massachusetts to work at the Harvard Observatory, she was told the Great Refractor was reserved for the men only. Drawn to understand the stars and fierce in her conviction, Leavitt used the data she had, the photographic plates of the observations, and pioneered a new way to observe patterns in the images over time.

Silent Sky is the poignant tale of a woman’s relentless sense of inquiry, the weight of a world working against her, and the very human constellation surrounding her heart.

We are still in the unfortunate rut of under-opportunity and under-representation for women in the sciences and tech … women aren't asking for special treatment, we are showing how special we already are and always have been. We're not asking anyone to let us participate, we are exclaiming that we have participated in discoveries, breakthroughs and wild achievement all along.

— Lauren Gunderson, playwright

Silent Sky is a literary marvel. Gunderson crafted a play that is deeply emotional and affecting while also snappy and interesting, rife with humor, and featuring characters that are layered and complex.

Colin Fleming-Stumpf, BroadwayWorld