When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth. (www.dramatists.com)
STAGED READING SERIES
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are unable to present in-person performances at this time for the safety of our audience and company. However, we are pleased to offer four live online-only performances, featuring the cast members performing from home. Livestreaming will be provided by Grise AV. However, the livestream is private and access is limited to those who make a donation (of any amount) for that night’s performance. We will honor the “pay what you can” pricing of our staged reading series, with a minimum donation of $1 required.
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CAST & CREW:
Henrietta Leavitt: HANNAH RICHARDSON*
Margaret Leavitt: EMMA RICHARDSON*
Peter Shaw: ZACH HOFFMAN
Annie Cannon: CHAR NEWPORT
Williamina Fleming: JUDY STOW
Narrator: ROBIN RASTATTER*
*Denotes first-time Dramashop performer
Director: BRITTY LEA
Stage Manager: BRITTNEY SHAW