By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – The Emporium Stage in downtown Woodville is hosting three performances of “Silent Sky” beginning on Friday, July 21.
The play, which was written by San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson, is being directed by Meg Standley. According to the Emporium, it will feature the Emporium Stage Players, and is based on a true story.
The play tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, a 19th century astronomer, who is “ahead of her time.”
Leavitt finds herself appointed to work at Harvard as “a human computer,” but receives no scientific credit for her work.
Gunderson’s website describes the play as a showcase of “music and math bursting forth onstage,” with the protagonist “and her female peers [changing] the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.”
The play’s director, Standley, is a Tyler County native who is currently studying theatre education at Sam Houston State University. She made her directorial debut last summer with an Emporium Stage production of Don Nigro’s “Paganini.”
The cast includes Adrianna Stark; Scott Eddins; Jessica Gutierrez; Lindsey Dobbins and Rachel Gressler.
The performance schedule for “Silent Sky” will see the Friday and Saturday shows starting at 7 p.m. and the Sunday, July 23 performance slated for 2:30 p.m.
Tickets for each show are $15 at the door, or $20 for reserved seating. Patrons can reserve seats by calling 409-200-4759 or 409-283-3832.