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  Silent Sky at Ford's Theatre

Silent Sky

Ford's Theatre
511 Tenth Street, N.W. Washington

A decade before women gained the right to vote, Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow women “computers” transformed the science of astronomy. In the Harvard Observatory, Leavitt found 2,400 new variable stars and made important discoveries about their fluctuating brightness, enabling fellow scientists to map the Milky Way and beyond. This inspiring drama explores the determination, passion and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of the cosmos. Director Seema Sueko (Arena Stage’s The Heiress) makes her Ford’s Theatre debut with this compelling story dubbed “sheer magic” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Thru - Feb 23, 2020

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 11:00am & 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Box Office: 202-347-4833

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MetroWeekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...The Scottish immigrant housekeeper-turned-astronomer Williamina Fleming breezes onstage in Silent Sky, quickly establishing herself as the warm, cantankerous, shrewdly observant comic relief and sage advisor who stirs the plot, defining moral and dramatic support. Fully formed through Holly Twyford’s vibrant performance, Fleming isn’t the main event in Ford’s Theatre’s production, but she is among the leading pleasures of Seema Sueko’s otherwise starchy staging of this biographical chronicle of pioneering female astronomer Henrietta “Henry” Leavitt."

André Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...The city lights of Washington may typically obscure the night sky, but a portal to the cosmos has opened in downtown DC. Playwright Lauren Gunderson has gifted us a corner of the galaxy through the telescopic lens of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt's life and scientific discoveries. Leavitt's work may have been rooted in facts and figures, but SILENT SKY is bursting with imagination."
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Kelle Long

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...What Silent Sky lacks in nuance, it makes up for in spunk and charm. These women were out to rock the world. They helped push the boundaries of knowledge light years beyond what their male colleagues thought was possible. For that, we are immensely grateful. In this Year of the Woman, Ford's Theatre gives us another set of heroines to admire."
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Amy Kotkin

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...If Silent Sky is an example of what has led Lauren Gunderson to be (as the program for the production states) the "most produced living playwright in America," it is easy to understand why she would be such. Human beings are hard-wired to consume sweet things. And Silent Sky is a masterwork of a confection. There is a good deal more than a spoonful of sugar in this show. And although you know you shouldn't, like all proper, well-made confections its deliciousness makes you to want more!"
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Gregory J. Ford

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