In 1912, astronomer Henrietta Leavitt provided the key to determining the size of the cosmos, which was a valuable stepping stone for others to be able to measure the distance of stars and galaxies. As a working woman, she balanced her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. Like many women, she was looking for her place in the universe.
East Lynne Theater Company presents the New Jersey premiere of “Silent Sky,” an exciting new work that moves quickly through time and space in telling Leavitt’s story. Written by Lauren Gunderson, it premiered at South Coast Repertory in 2011.
ELTC’s artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth is always looking for plays based on American themes. After reading “Silent Sky,” she wondered if Tom Byrn might be interested in directing it. Although this is his first time directing for ELTC, many will remember his “Mr. Lincoln” performance and other roles at ELTC.
Four of the five exceptional actors are new to the company: Kathryn Barnhardt, Pat Dwyer, Nikki Ferry and Mary Elizabeth Scallen. Veronique Hurley was in ELTC’s “Biography.”
“Silent Sky” runs from Sept. 19 through Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, except no show on Oct. 3, a show on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., and on Oct. 10 the show is at 2 p.m. Location is the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St. The opening night party on Sept. 19 is at The Merion Inn, across the street. For information and reservations, call (609) 884-5898, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org.