A Story of Scientific Genius and Individual Triumph to Grace the Elizabethtown Stage
February 26, 2020   //   By:   //   Arts & Culture, Campus & Community

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Students in the Elizabethtown College Theatre Program will perform a production of Lauren Gunderson’s cutting-edge play, Silent Sky.

This April, a cast of Elizabethtown College students will put on a production of Silent Sky in the Tempest Theatre, located within the Baugher Student Center. This will be the final Elizabethtown College Theatre production directed by Director of Theatre and Dance and Associate Professor of Theatre, Michael Swanson.

Silent Sky tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, who worked as a “computer” for the men running the Harvard Astronomical Laboratory in the early 1900s. Though women were forbidden to access astronomical technology, Henrietta’s dedication led her to the discovery of the connection between a star’s brightness, its rotational period, and its distance from Earth.

This play explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. It is a story of determination amidst the struggles of both social and scientific progress that challenges the traditional roles of women of that era.

Director Michael Swanson explains, “Henrietta expands the universe; she expands our take on it, expands our perceptions and our knowledge of it, which I also think will shape our poetic, metaphoric imagery of it.”

Dates and showtimes for this production include:

  • April 16 – 18 at 8 p.m.
  • April 23 – 24 at 8 p.m.
  • April 26 at 2 p.m.

“I hope our audience will appreciate the story,” said Swanson. “I hope they will appreciate the acting and design as well.”

Tickets are $7 and can be reserved by contacting boxoffice@etown.edu or by calling 717-361-1170. Additionally, the box office, located next to the Tempest Theatre in the Baugher Student Center, will be open starting April 14 to pre-purchase tickets for the show.

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