by Gaslight Baker Theatre
Mar. 17 - Mar. 18
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn't allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. But she and a group of women "computers" do the actual work of charting the stars, even though the renowned astronomer they work for calculates their time in "girl hours" and takes credit for their ideas. This true story explores a woman's place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women's contributions were often dismissed. Henrietta and her peers believed in both social and scientific progress, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and the Earth.
Directed by Lori Cordova
Sponsored by Carolyn Bryant
Sunday, March 17, 3-5 p.m.
Monday, March 18, 7-9 p.m.
Cast of Characters:
Henrietta Leavitt: 30s, brilliant, meticulous, excited--wears a period hearing aid
Margaret Leavitt: 30s, Henrietta's sister, conventional, creative, sweet
Peter Shaw: 30s, the head astronomer's apprentice, smitten with Henrietta
Annie Cannon: 40's, the lead "computer," terse and sure, a firebrand
Williamina Flemming: 50s, smart and fun, Scottish (accent required by show time)
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
216 South Main Street