Auditions Silent Sky

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Nancy Curran Willis

Sunday June 19 and Monday June 20 2019 at QP

Silent Sky tells the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a female astronomer, stuck in a man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy.  She refuses to simply log stars photographed by men and begins the process of recording the changes in Cepheid stars – a scientific discovery that has a profound and lasting impact on the field of astronomy.  Silent Sky is a powerful blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love where a passionate woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place. 

1 Male/4 Females

Cast of Characters: Ages listed below are approximate ages for the start of the play. We are in need of actors who can realistically portray these characters over the 20-year span of the play. Also looking for strong ensemble actors with a natural sense of humor and timing. The play is surprisingly funny we are looking for actors who find that rhythm in their performance.

HENRIETTA LEAVITT (F, 30-39): Brilliant, determined, a dreamer, hard of hearing (wears a period hearing aid), has never much cared for the “status quo.”

MARGARET LEAVITT (F, 25 – 35): A homebody, genuine, sweet-natured, realist. She plays in her father’s church and stays behind while her sister, Henri goes off to Harvard. (Ability to sing and play the piano a plus.)

PETER SHAW (M, 30 – 39): The head astronomer’s apprentice, reserved, his views have never really been challenged prior to the events of the play. After a rough start, he and Henrietta fall in love. A brilliant mind but socially awkward. Much of the plays humor comes from watching this rather bumbling soul deal with these strong women.

ANNIE CANNON (F, 40 – 49): A leader, tough, sure, grows into a firebrand for the suffrage movement.

WILLIAMINA FLEMING (F, 45 – 59): Scottish, intelligent, witty, warm and outgoing, the first of her kind, smart as a whip and fun. (Role requires a Scottish Accent.)


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