Fri07252014

Stepping Out

'Silent Sky' continues run in MV


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
Elena Wright stars as Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th-century woman whose startling discoveries changed the science of astronomy, in Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky.”

TheatreWorks presents the regional premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky,” which opened last week and is scheduled to run through Feb. 9 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

A blend of science, history and romance, the bio-drama tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th-century woman who made startling discoveries in the man’s world of astronomy.

Meredith McDonough directs a cast featuring TheatreWorks newcomers Elena Wright (as Henrietta) and Matt Citron, along with company veterans Jennifer Le Blanc, Sarah Dacey Charles and Lynne Soffer.

Henrietta leaves her Puritan family behind in 1893 when she heads to Harvard University to study the stars, eventually making a groundbreaking discovery that becomes the basis for the pivotal work of Edwin Hubble.

In an age of women’s suffrage and international uncertainty, she must balance her pioneering work with her family, a burgeoning romance and declining health, mapping her journey through a rigid society determined to keep a woman in her place.

Leavitt discovered more than 2,400 variable stars during her career.

Shows are slated 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 1, and 2 and/or 7 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $19-$73.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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