KENOSHA — The Carthage College Theatre Department will present its main-stage production, “Silent Sky,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 22-24, in Wartburg Theatre of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences at the north end of campus, 2001 Alford Park Drive.
A poignant tale of empowerment written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Carthage theater professor Herschel Kruger, “Silent Sky” is based on the life of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. It explores women’s role in society and the social progress that accompanied the scientific discoveries at the dawn of the 20th century.
Leavitt’s work at the Harvard University observatory is at first unnoticed and largely discredited by the university’s male scientists. Unable to express her ideas and denied access to technology to further her work, she fights alongside strong supporters to make her contribution known and to change the world’s perception of both the world around them and what lies beyond.
American Theatre magazine heralded Gunderson as the nation’s most produced playwrights of the 2017-18 season. Like many of her award-winning works, “Silent Sky” is inspired by great literature or real-life events. The female characters’ unrelenting strength is overlaid with playful nostalgia, rendering it a triumphant tribute to one of many exceptional women in history.
Tickets cost $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. They can be purchased at www.carthage.edu/tickets or call 262-551-6661.