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BSC Theatre tells the story of a young astronomer ahead of her time in “Silent Sky”

Published: Nov 01 2021
Bismarck State College Theatre opens its season with a historical, biographical drama Nov. 4-7. “Silent Sky,” directed by BSC Professor Emeritus of Theatre Dan Rogers, runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Sidney J. Lee Auditorium on the BSC campus.
 
With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, playwright Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. The production follows her as she leaves her family home in Wisconsin for a job at the Harvard Observatory.
 
“The women of the Harvard Observatory were tasked with interpreting the observations their male counterparts made via telescope. The project was to map the night sky... all of it,” Rogers says.
 
Despite being limited to a desk job and not being allowed to touch a telescope herself, a curious and observant Henrietta decides to make the best of her day job and begins pursuing a personal project at night after her officially assigned tasks are completed. The result – ground-breaking discoveries about the universe that are still vital today.

Reserved seat tickets can be purchased in advance online at bsctheatre.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Questions about the production can be directed to bsc.theatre@bismarckstate.edu.