Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Alison Walters-Short
Stage Managed by Molly Scrivens
Produced by Myla Haan
Theatre III, 250 Central Street, Acton, MA
April 19, 2024 through April 28, 2024
(Contact Box Office for Exact Times)
ABOUT THE SHOW
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.
ABOUT THEATRE III
THEATRE III is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts through bringing high quality performing arts to the surrounding community; by giving meaningful opportunities for involvement in theater production to the skilled local artists and talented production staff who participate in all aspects of bringing performances to the stage; and by engaging with the surrounding community with support for other local organizations and projects.
250 Central Street
West Acton, MA.