What: Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson
produced by Immediate Theatre Project
Where: North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane, downtown Asheville
Dates: March 13-April 7, 2019; Wednesday-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. & Sundays at
2 p.m. with additional Saturday matinees on March 30 and April 6.
Tickets: $17-$34, $10 for students with ID 828-239-0263 ncstage.org
Special Theme Nights:
Wednesday, March 13: Pay What You Wish Night
Choose your own price on a sliding scale of $6-$20 for this preview performance.
Thursday, March 14: Preshow Hors d’Oeuvres
Arrive early to this preview performance to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by
Friday, March 15: $1 Beer Night and Post-Show Q&A
Love Beer City? Beer is $1 all night long at our concessions bar. After the show, join us for a
discussion with the cast to get an insider’s look at the creative process.
Saturday, March 16: Opening Night Champagne Toast
Join us for a complimentary champagne toast to the cast and crew following the performance.
Immediate Theatre Project’s ‘Silent Sky’ takes on sexism, scientific discovery
in early 20th century; at NC Stage Company March 13-April 7, 2019
ASHEVILLE, NC — Explore history, humanity and the cosmos in Immediate Theatre
Project’s “Silent Sky,” under the spotlights at North Carolina Stage Company from
March 13-April 7.
In the early 20th century, one of the most powerful telescopes on earth, the Great
Refactor Telescope, could be found at the Harvard Observatory. Some of the brightest
minds of the day peered through its lenses, surveying the heavens and assigning our
planet a place in the universe. But some of the brightest minds of the day were
forbidden from even looking through the telescope. Because, of course, some of the
brightest minds of the day were women.
Written by playwright Lauren Gunderson, “Silent Sky” is a fictionalized biography of
early 20th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. After leaving her conservative family in
Wisconsin to join cutting edge researchers at the Harvard Observatory, Leavitt finds
that, being a woman, she is not allowed to pursue her own scientific ideas — or even
use the telescope. Though her quest for knowledge is complicated by family, illness and
the possibility of romance, Leavitt makes breakthroughs both mundane and profound,
scientific and personal, together with the other women in her department.
“It’s a play about the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacies of human connection,”
says Willie Repoley, producing director of Immediate Theatre Project. And, he says,
“the themes of this play echo strongly in our own time. The struggles the characters
face feel agonizingly familiar, yet also firmly rooted in their own era. Playwright Lauren
Gunderson has pulled off a remarkable balancing act in writing a historical play that
feels vibrant and alive in 2019. That we are presenting this play in March – National
Women’s Month – was both accidental and perfect.”
Throughout the play, real-life scientists Leavitt (played by Rebecca Morris), Williamina
Fleming (played by Callan White) and Annie Cannon (played by Katie Langwell) grapple
with a changing world — from the newly founded Theory of Relativity to the Suffragette
movement — and marvel at the wonder of the human experience. “Silent Sky” also
stars Trinity Smith-Keel as Henrietta’s sister, Margaret Leavitt, and Repoley himself as
astronomer Peter Shaw. Directed by Hans Meyer, the production will feature original
compositions by local pianist Jan Powell.
Presented in partnership with Malaprop’s Bookstore and the Asheville Museum of
Science, “Silent Sky” is also supported by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council
and the Asheville Area Arts Council. For the month of March, Immediate Theatre Project
is the featured nonprofit of the month at Chiesa restaurant in Montford.
“Silent Sky” runs from Wednesday, March 13 to Sunday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. on
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays at North
Carolina Stage Company. Two additional 2 p.m. matinee shows will be added on March
30 and April 6. Tickets are on sale now for $17-$34, depending on seating section, and
special $10 tickets are available for students under 25 with a valid student ID. Tickets
can be purchased online at ncstage.org or by calling 828-239-0263.
Immediate Theatre Project is dedicated to telling stories that illuminate the experience
of living here and now — striving to awaken in artists and audiences alike the possibility
of sharing a simple and profound experience in real time. Immediate Theatre Project is
the official partner company in residence at North Carolina Stage Company, bringing quality content to NC Stage audiences in one MainStage production per season. Learn
more about Immediate Theatre Project at immediatetheatre.org.
North Carolina Stage Company is located at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville
and has been producing professional theatre in its 125-seat playhouse since 2001. It
continues its commitment to artistic excellence, intellectual exploration, and education
during the 2018/2019 Season. For information on season passes, upcoming
productions, educational opportunities and much more, call the theatre’s box office at
(828)239-0263 or visit ncstage.org.