Performance Photos by Aline Forastieri: SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson, Bastrop Opera House, February 19 - March 6, 2021

(performance photos by Aline Forasteiri)

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. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt 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. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Directed by Stephen Fleming

Silent Sky
by Lauren Gunderson
Bastrop Opera House

February 19 - March 06, 2021
Bastrop Opera House
711 Spring Street
Bastrop, TX, 78602

Show Dates:  February 19-28/March 5-6, 2021

Show opens February 19th and runs three weekends.For live theatre or live stream tickets, visit:

Photo credits: Aline Forastieri

(Bastrop Opera House)