• by Lauren Gunderson
    Commissioned and first produced by South Coast Repertory with support from the Elizabeth George Foundation.
Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Theatre Department is excited to open the 2018/2019 season with Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson. This drama tells the  forgotten story of a stellar woman in astronomy, Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

What do you do when you are the most brilliant person in the room and are seen but not heard? As Henrietta works as a “computer” all day long she longs to be recognized and is challenged to bring her theory of Cepheid Variables to light.  How do you balance your passion for astronomy while being pulled by your family, science, faith, and romance?  Experience the incredible true story of Henrietta Leavitt, the American astronomer who paved the way for modern astronomy’s mapping of the universe.

Please Note: Weather permitting, the Williamson County Astronomy Club will be on hand for telescope viewing just outside the theater after all Friday and Saturday performances; and at 2:00 p.m. before Sunday performances, Physics professor and Fountainwood Observatory Director Dr. Mark Bottorff will host a lecture titled “A Heartbeat in the Heavens: Henrietta Leavitt’s Grand Discovery.”  

September 28-30 and October 12-14

Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets range from $12-18, with discounts available to patrons under the age of 16 or over the age of 63. Admission is free to Southwestern University students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased by phone, online or in person with the Mathers Box Office, located in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. The Mathers Box Office is open 12:30-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as one hour prior to performance times.  (512) 863-1378