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Photo of actor playing Henrietta Leavitt in front of a starry sky, examining a paper

Silent Sky

Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 7:30 pm9:30 pm

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One event on Sunday | February 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm

One event on Friday | February 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One event on Saturday | February 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One event on Sunday | March 01, 2020 at 3:30 pm

One event on Friday | March 06, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One event on Saturday | March 07, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One event on Sunday | March 08, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Silent Sky, by Lauren Gunderson, will be presented by Theatre Pro Rata in partnership with The Bell Museum on February 22–March 8, 2020, in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium.


An image of Henrietta Leavitt from Silent SkySaturday, February 22, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 23, 3:30 pm
Friday, February 28, 7:30 pm* (Open Captioned)

Saturday, February 29, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 1, 3:30 pm
Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 8, 3:30 pm (ASL and Audio Description)

General admission tickets now on sale!

$30 Adults ($25 Bell members)
$15 Students, ages 10–21  ($12 student members)

About the play

In the early twentieth century, Henrietta Leavitt and a group of women “computers” pursued astronomical research at the Harvard Observatory under the supervision of a male scientist. Their work proved to be crucial to the development of the field. Henrietta herself had to balance her dedication to her work with the demands of her family, health challenges, and the possibility of personal relationships. The achievements and difficulties of a woman scientist in a challenging historical period combine in this thought-provoking and engaging play by Lauren Gunderson. Come listen to the music of the spheres, in the stunning and unique setting of the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium.

Theater Pro Rata is a nonprofit independent theater company based in the Twin Cities known for their feisty, approachable classics, as well as their taste in darker, gutsier, modern scripts. Their mission is to create theater where audience and artists share passion for the play. You’ll be part of moving, thought-provoking theater.

* If skies are clear, the Friday, February 28 performance will be followed by telescope observation


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Saturday | February 22, 2020
7:30 pm–9:30 pm
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Bell Museum
2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

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