UTC Theatre Co. presents Lauren Gunderson's brilliant play Silent Sky, an inspiring and provocative exploration of the life of Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s whose discoveries and research in variable stars laid the foundation for understanding how to measure the universe. Known as "computers", Leavitt and her coworkers, Annie Jump Cannon and Williamina Fleming, were members of a select group of women whose careful research and study of photographic plates, mapped the sky. According to American Theatre magazine, Lauren Gunderson will be the most produced American playwright in the 2017-2018 season. In an article in The New Yorker titled "You've Probably Never Heard of America's Most Popular Playwright", Daniel Pollack-Pelzner wrote that "Gunderson has built a national reputation with works that center on women's stories. A typical Gunderson protagonist resembles her author: smart, funny, collaborative, optimistic – a woman striving to expand the ranks in a male-dominated profession."
UTC Theatre Co. presents Silent Sky in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre located in the UTC Fine Arts Center. The play runs Nov. 14-18 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Tickets can be purchased at the UTC Fine Arts Center box office in person or by phone at (423) 425-4269, or by visiting www.utc.edu/theatre-speech/productions. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students (with proof of student ID) and seniors.
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