Henrietta Leavitt, who made startling discoveries in the man's world of astronomy in the early 1920s, went through all of the challenges of her day.
She was a woman in the early 20th century workforce. She worked in a position that was controlled by men. Driven by the desire to follow her dream in discovering and researching the stars, she juggled family, declining health, and the struggles that came with her job.
TheatreWorks will present the regional premiere of Lauren Gunderson's "Silent Sky," a play about Leavitt's life, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. The show, directed by Meredith McDonough, combines history, science and romance.
The run previews on Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. and continues through Feb. 9. Tickets are $19 (for patrons 30 and under) to $73; savings available for educators and seniors. A $6 convenience fee will be assessed for online and telephone orders.
For more information and tickets, visit www.theatreworks.org or call 650-463-1960.
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