The show runs from Tuesday to Saturday September 28-Oct. 2, at the Burtness Theater. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.
Brad Reissig, associate chairman of the department, describes the play as “a heartfelt, historic story of a woman who shot for the stars.”
In the lead role, Erin Chaves, a graduate in musical theater, plays Henrietta Leavitt. Production is directed by Emily Cherry Oliver, with additional direction by Emily Wirkus. The other cast members are Stevee Wittlieb, Kyle Mason, Piper Sommer and Anissa Oveson.
Tickets, $ 20 for adults and $ 10 for students, are available online at https://burtness.und.edu or by calling (701) 777-2587.
At the Burtness Theater, members of the public are required to wear masks, due to UND policy on the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Silent Sky,” written by Lauren Gunderson, explores the universal themes of romance, history, feminism and bigotry.
When Henrietta began working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she was not allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea, Reissig said. Instead, she joins a group of “computer” women, plotting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for polling theories of women.
While Henrietta in her spare time attempts to measure the light and distance of the stars, she must also take the measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility. love, he said.
The true story of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt “explores a woman’s place in society at a time of immense scientific discovery, when women’s ideas were rejected until men claimed credit”, said Reissig.
In partnership with the Northern Sky Astronomical Society and the International Dark Sky Association, the UND Theater Arts Department invites members of the public to join the cast and crew of “Silent Sky” to exit the Burtness Theater after the performance. NSAS members will have telescopes to see the night sky and the universe through Henrietta’s eyes, Reissig said.
A campaign to turn off the lights in this part of the UND campus after the show will also be organized to help reduce light pollution and promote further immersion, he said. “It’s an experience not to be missed.
Members of the production team are: Camilla Morrison, costume, hair and makeup design; Brad Reissig, stage design and lighting; and Patrick Reading, technical director and sound design.
The other members of the production team are: Dylan Merritt, Otto Lieder, Alex Rice, Tacy Crawford, Tyler Hebert, Skyler Mack, Alex Rice, Ariel Long, Kyle Mason, Amy Hahn, Jessie Grabouski, Daniel Jung, Anne Mitchell, Anissa Oveson, Camilla Morrison, Morgan Shambaugh, Olivia Stewart, Zachary Murphy, Brigitte Froslee, Grace Henneman, Gyu Ri Kim, Robert Cooper, Michael Toenies, Gretchen Osweiler, Teagan Leusink and Marilyn Gregoire.