Described as “sheer magic…with bursts of smart, infectious humor” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Silent Sky is the true, startling, and entertaining story of a brilliant history-making woman told on an intimate scale.
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. In her free time, Henrietta attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.
"I am excited to direct Silent Sky because I am always fascinated with stories about people that are lost to history," says Director Anne Byrd. "Unearthing these stories and making them come to life for an audience is deeply satisfying and makes me feel like I"m doing my small part in preserving history. Silent Sky is a lovely homage to these women who worked in the shadows in order to shine light on humanity's place in the universe."
Director Anne Byrd:
Anne Byrd is a director, playwright, and educator. Local directing credits include productions with the Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Table Salt Productions, Daleko Arts, Hardcover Theatre, and Yellow Tree Theatre, where she was honored with an Ivey Award for her direction of The 39 Steps. Anne is also faculty member in the nationally recognized Department of Theatre at Normandale Community College in Bloomington where she teaches performances classes and recently directed Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House, which was honored with an invitation to perform at the 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival held in the Twin Cities and hosted by Normandale.