Montana Western & Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series Presents “Silent Sky”

The University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Department is pleased to present “Silent Sky” February 24-26 and 28 as part of the 2021-22 Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series.



Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night as well as a matinee performance to be held on February 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Beier Auditorium located in Main Hall on the Montana Western campus.

“Silent Sky,” written by Lauren Gunderson, is directed by Instructor Larry Brazill and features the talents of UMW students, faculty, and community members.

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.



The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.



“Stars… light…time…space…human rights, and dignity for all. We’re so excited to present the story of Henrietta Leavitt here on the stage of the University of Montana Western. Our hope is that this story will live in your hearts long after the performance, and you’ll be inspired to live your life as she did, with passion, giving attention to all it was meant to be. Thank you to Lauren Gunderson for this beautiful play! And thank you actors, crew, and faculty for your diligent work on this show and every show that I’ve been a part of for the last 20 years here at the University of Montana Western,” said Director Larry Brazill.

Tickets for “Silent Sky” are $10 for adults, $5 for youth under 18, and free for UMW students.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor of Theatre, Stephen Seder: stephen.seder@umwestern.edu or 406-683-7038.

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