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April 21-May 7, 2023

When Henrietta Leavitt began work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she wasn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joined a group of female “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculated projects in “girl hours” and had no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempted to measure the light and distance of stars, she also took measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. This true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt was written by the Bay Area’s Lauren Gunderson, who has become America’s most produced playwright. It 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.

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Henrietta Leavitt - Heather Buck
Margaret Leavitt- Andrea Dennison-Laufer
Annie Cannon - LC Arisman
Williamina Fleming- Titan Lish
Peter Shaw - TBD


Director: Dyan McBride
Stage Manager: Olivia Macloud
Scenic Designer: Barry Martin
Lighting Designer: April George
Costume Designer: Barbara McFadden
Properties Designer: Taylor Bartolucci