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Williamston opens 13th season with Lauren Gunderson ‘Silent Sky’ September 28

Preview September 14, 2018 Encore Staff

WILLIAMSTON—Williamston Theatre opens their 13th season with the Michigan Premiere of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson.

Astonishing discoveries await Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. This brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle, though, for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place. A stunningly beautiful tale, based on the true story and science of early 20th century female “computers” at Harvard Observatory.

The cast of Silent Sky consists of two newcomers to the Williamston stage, Katherine Banks and Annie Dilworth, along with Sarab Kamoo (boom, Panache), Michael Lopetrone (Out of Orbit, Beau Jest) and Karen Sheridan (Memoir, Chapatti). Williamston Theatre’s artistic director, Tony Caselli (Doublewide, Beau Jest), is the director of Silent Sky. The production team includes scenic design by Kirk Domer, lighting design by Daniel Huston, costume design by Karen Kangas-Preston, sound design by Quintessa Gallinat, props design by Michelle Raymond and projections design by Bradley Branam. The stage manager is Stefanie Din.

Performances begin Thursday, September 20 and run through Sunday, October 21. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can for the preview on Thursday, September 20. Remaining preview tickets are $19.00. Starting Thursday, September 27 tickets prices are $28.00 for Thursday evenings, $33.00 for Friday and Saturday evenings and $30.00 for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Senior citizens (65 and older) and members of the military receive a $2 discount on all tickets. Student tickets (with a valid student ID) are $10 for all performances.  Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more (booked at least 1 week in advance through the Box Office). Tickets can be purchased Tuesday – Friday from 12-6pm by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the box office and ordered on-line up until 1 1/2 hours prior to the performance by visiting www.williamstontheatre.org. Payment is required at the time the reservation is made.The first four performances of Silent Sky, September 20 -23, are preview performances where audience members will have the opportunity to take part in the process of creating a show by participating in a talkback session with the director following each performance. The official opening night is Friday, September 28 and the Conversation Sunday for Silent Sky is Sunday, October 14.

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