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If we're not finding the largest truths then

what have we spent our lives doing?

What's the point of all this?


Director... Lara Toner Haddock

Assistant Director... Jess Hughes

Set Designer... Mike Toner

Costume Designer... Diana Huckaby

Lighting Design... Don Day

Sound Designer... Joel Mercado-See


Lauren Gunderson

directed by Artistic Director

Lara Toner Haddock

September 23 - October 16, 2016


At the dawn of modern astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt leaves her home and beloved sister to work in Harvard’s male-driven observatory and map the night sky. She forms a new sisterhood with her fellow star “computers,” Annie and Williamina, and begins to fall in love with her supervisor, Peter Shaw. As Henrietta makes a revolutionary discovery about where the Earth is in time and space, she must fight to be heard in a world where women’s ideas are dismissed until men take credit for them. A celestial romance and a true story of determination, Silent Sky invites you to revel in the magic of the universe on this historic journey of love, family, feminism and science.


Molly Karrasch*

Babs George*

Claire Grasso

Sam Knowlton*

Cyndi Williams

*Member Actors Equity Association


"Under Lara Toner Haddock's sensitive direction and the five performances that form a lovely constellation, this lyrical tribute to Harvard's women astronomers and their calling succeeds in being for the glory of the skies." - Austin Chronicle, Full Review Here

"Playwright Lauren Gunderson has provided a funny, moving, and strong script with SILENT SKY, and the cast beautifully embodies the personalities of these scientists with grit and joy... on rare occasions, a production comes along that feels magical. SILENT SKY is one of those productions." - BWW Austin, Full Review Here

“SILENT SKY reminds us of the important, largely unheralded, role women have played in the history of science, and Austin Playhouse’s new production solidly provides that reminder with strong performances and a dash of scientific poetry."  

- Austin American-Statesman, Full Review Here

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