WSU Performing Arts

Spring Series

turn-of-century woman examining glass plate with Large Magellanic Cloud in background

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Mary Trotter

Fridays & Saturdays, March 30 & 31 and April 6 & 7, 2018
7:30 p.m. nightly plus 2:00 p.m. Saturday matinees
Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall

Free admission to the March 31 matinee of Silent Sky is sponsored by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences. A dessert reception will follow with the director, cast, and crew. Seating is reserved, and tickets are available in advance through TicketsWest and the Beasley ticket office (see sidebar).

Season ticketholders and others who have already purchased tickets for this performance will receive a refund.

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.

"[L]uminously beautiful . . . an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale."
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Based on the true story of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky 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.

Silent Sky is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

The 2017/2018 season is presented with support from
Residence Inn by Marriott Courtyard by Marriott


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Reserved Seating

Prices apply to all shows except the March 31 matinee (2:00 p.m.) performance, which is free to all.

$10 Adults
$8 Seniors (60+)
$8 All Students & Youth

Buy Tickets

Tickets may be purchased in advance* at:

  • 800-325-7328
  • Any TicketsWest outlet, including the Beasley Coliseum ticket office (open Mon–Fri 10–2)

The Daggy Hall box office will open 2 hours before each performance for will-call and ticket sales (subject to availability).

*Service charges apply to advance ticket sales unless purchased at Beasley Coliseum.

Group Discount

Groups of 8 or more are eligible for a discounted rate of $6/person. Call 509-335-8522 for details.

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