Submission Title

From Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson: Scene Performance and Discussion

Location

Ford Hall: Marshall Theatre

Subject Area

Theatre

Description

The full cast from Linfield College Theatre’s recent production of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson presents three scenes from the play. Following the performances, the actors and director participate in a brief discussion with the audience about themes featured in the play. These three scenes illustrate the collaborative scholarly and creative ventures theatre students and faculty engage in regularly.

Silent Sky is a fictional account of the historical "star finding fiend" Henrietta Leavitt, one of Harvard Observatory's handful of women tasked with "bookkeeping" the stars for male astronomers, most notably Edward Charles Pickering, in the early 1900s. Gunderson's witty dialogue and interesting female characters, who try to make their own contributions to science and history in a male-dominated field, shed light on the forgotten women scientists who have become a staple of Gunderson's playwriting.

Professor Janet Gupton directed the play. The design staff included Professor Tyrone Marshall, scenic and lighting designer. Laurel Peterson (’07) created the costume, hair, and makeup designs, assisted by senior Rosalie Olson. Rob Vaughn (’97) was the technical director and created the sound design. Professor Lindsey Mantoan served as the dramaturg. The stage manager was senior Christina Godinez.

The scenes were presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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From Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson: Scene Performance and Discussion

Ford Hall: Marshall Theatre

The full cast from Linfield College Theatre’s recent production of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson presents three scenes from the play. Following the performances, the actors and director participate in a brief discussion with the audience about themes featured in the play. These three scenes illustrate the collaborative scholarly and creative ventures theatre students and faculty engage in regularly.

Silent Sky is a fictional account of the historical "star finding fiend" Henrietta Leavitt, one of Harvard Observatory's handful of women tasked with "bookkeeping" the stars for male astronomers, most notably Edward Charles Pickering, in the early 1900s. Gunderson's witty dialogue and interesting female characters, who try to make their own contributions to science and history in a male-dominated field, shed light on the forgotten women scientists who have become a staple of Gunderson's playwriting.

Professor Janet Gupton directed the play. The design staff included Professor Tyrone Marshall, scenic and lighting designer. Laurel Peterson (’07) created the costume, hair, and makeup designs, assisted by senior Rosalie Olson. Rob Vaughn (’97) was the technical director and created the sound design. Professor Lindsey Mantoan served as the dramaturg. The stage manager was senior Christina Godinez.

The scenes were presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.