By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Tom Dugdale
Henrietta Leavitt wants to study the stars, but when she begins working at the Harvard Observatory in the 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope, much less engage in academic discourse. A celebrated astronomer hires her as a “computer”, to do the math required to chart the stars photographed on glass plates. Attempting to balance family, romance, and her obsession with the stars, Henrietta tries to figure out how to measure the light and distance of star in her spare time, only to have her discovery dismissed by the men working at Harvard. This touching drama, based on a true story, explores a woman’s place in society and science, scientific and social progress, and the mathematical discovery that would change astronomy forever.
Award-winning Lauren Gunderson (I and You; Parts They Call Deep and Background; We Won’t Sleep; The Taming; Natural Shocks) is one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country and has been recognized by American Theatre magazine as America’s most-produced living playwrights more than once in its annual review. Her works frequently address female figures in history, science, and literature.
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