Lipscomb Theatre: Silent Sky

Beginning Feb. 15 and running through Feb. 24, Lipscomb Theatre will bring award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” to Shamblin Theatre. Directed by Beki Baker, the play will feature a shadow-interpreted performance through a partnership with Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as a follow up to last year’s success with “The Miracle Worker.”

Based on the true story and science of early 20th century female “computers” at Harvard Observatory, “Silent Sky” follows the story of Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. This brilliant, headstrong pioneer struggles for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties and fragile love, a passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place. 

“‘Silent Sky’ will feature a small, intimate cast that will tackle some really dramatic material,” said Baker. “The play itself is very deep and profound and will be great for our students to stretch themselves in this capacity. The main character is also hard of hearing, so we are excited to feature our second shadow-interpreted performance at Lipscomb.”

During the shadow-interpreted performance, Lipscomb’s Scott Baker, who has served as a professional interpreter for the deaf for over 20 years, will serve as an American Sign Language consultant for the performance and will be on stage with the actors following them around and providing a much more dynamic interpretation.

Beginning Feb. 15 and running through Feb. 24, Lipscomb Theatre will bring award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” to Shamblin Theatre. Directed by Beki Baker, the play will feature a shadow-interpreted performance through a partnership with Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as a follow up to last year’s smashing success with “The Miracle Worker.”

Based on the true story and science of early 20th century female “computers” at Harvard Observatory, “Silent Sky” follows the story of Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. This brilliant, headstrong pioneer struggles for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties and fragile love, a passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place. 

“‘Silent Sky’ will feature a small, intimate cast that will tackle some really dramatic material,” said Baker. “The play itself is very deep and profound and will be great for our students to stretch themselves in this capacity. The main character is also hard of hearing, so we are excited to feature our second shadow-interpreted performance at Lipscomb.”

Performances are Feb. 15-16, 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for faculty/staff/alumni, and $5 for students. University Students receive one free ticket per show. For tickets, contact the Lipscomb Box Office at 615.966.7077.