WBC to stage “Silent Sky” April 5-6

The Williams Baptist College theatre department will close its 2017- 2018 season with Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky,” which will run April 5-6. The show is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Chapel at Williams.

“Silent Sky” is based on a true story and highlights the life of Henrietta Leavitt, who became the first person to map out the sky. Her groundbreaking discovery did not come easy, however.

Upon arriving at the Harvard Observatory in the 19th century, Leavitt is quickly confronted with the notion that men and women are not equal. She finds herself unable to use the telescope or focus on original research, which results in her settling for becoming a human computer. During her computing years, she works closely with Annie Cannon and Williamina Flemming, who encourage her to stay persistent in the pursuit of the heavens and the Earth, which eventually leads to her groundbreaking discoveries.

 

 

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