by Lauren Gunderson
November 5th - 22nd, 2015
Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray
A brilliant, headstrong pioneer at the dawn of modern astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt must leave her Wisconsin home to pursue her dream of studying the night sky. But she soon discovers that the distance to the stars is less than the distance to acceptance in the man's world of turn-of-the-century science. Family, music, love and history come alive beneath a blanket of stars in this magical story of a scientist's quest for the heavens in a society determined to keep a woman in her place.
Clare Arena Haden*, Michael Huftile, Colleen Madden, Carrie Hitchcock, Liz Cassarino
*Forward Theater Advisory Company member
"Silent Sky...is among the most exciting new plays I've seen in a long time: intellectually stimulating, emotionally moving and gorgeously written...it will forever expand your own universe."
- Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Cosmic perfection...whatever you do, don't let it pass you by."
- Laura Jones, Isthmus
"Lauren Gunderson has taken Leavitt's story of persistence and transposed it into a work of pure poetry."
- Amanda Finn, BroadwayWorld.com/Madison
"(Scenic Designer) Lawler delivers the stars for Forward's Silent Sky"
- Aaron Conklin, Madison Magazine