Immediate Theatre Project is especially known for shedding new light on classic American themes and ideas, from The Glass Menagerie to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to last season’s Burden. For the 2019 season, that “new light” will come from the stars themselves.
In the early 20th Century, one of the most powerful telescopes on earth was the Great Refactor Telescope at the Harvard Observatory. Some of the brightest minds of the day peered through its lenses, surveying the heavens, assigning our Earth a truer place in the universe. But some of the brightest minds of the day were forbidden from even looking through this telescope. Because, of course, some of the brightest minds of the day were women. But although they were not allowed to touch the telescope itself, their calculations were a significant part of what made the discoveries that the men took credit for possible.
Playwright Laura Gunderson creates stories that seem both magical and mundane, and that remind us that the line between ordinary and extraordinary is sometimes quite blurred. Immediate Theatre Project is proud to present, as part of the North Carolina Stage Company Main Stage season, a story of love, light, and a world with strict – though slowly crumbling – limits: the story of the extra-ordinary Astronomer Henrietta Leavitt in the play Silent Sky.
"Shines with ... luminous joy [and] an inner light of emotional honesty "
— Chicago Tribune
"Part biopic, part romance, part reflection
on what makes life worth living, it all adds up to an evening that’s simply stellar —
in all meanings of that word."
— Orlando Sentinel
Presented as part of the MainStage Season at North Carolina Stage Company.
This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the
Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, as well as the Asheville Area Arts Council, Malaprop’s Bookstore and the Asheville Museum of Science.