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Vokes Players Announce its Production of Silent Sky

The Vokes Players of Wayland present Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Celia Couture. Performances will be held at Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre, Route 20 in Wayland, MA from May 2 through 18, Thursday-Saturday evenings at 8pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturdays, May 11 & 18.  For tickets and information call 508-358-4034, or order online via our website www.vokesplayers.org.  Ticket prices are $19 for Thursday evenings and Saturday matinees; $22 for Friday & Saturday evenings.

The night sky has called out to many people over the years: poets, dreamers, and of course, scientists. But for millennia it kept its secrets to itself, until man built powerful telescopes to see what was going on in the heavens. One such enthralled person, taken in by the unknown depths in that blackness, was Henrietta Leavitt.  Her story is not well known, often the case with notable women. She was a gifted, passionate scientist at a time when there was no place for women with passion to be scientists, particularly in astronomy, as the sensitive and expensive equipment was housed in “shrines” run by patriarchal universities. And yet, working at the Harvard Observatory, initially relegated to doing “woman’s work” for the staff, Henrietta ultimately prevailed, and made a discovery critical to 20th-century astronomy. The night sky hasn’t looked the same since.

The cast for the show includes: Jennifer Shea (Lowell), Shawna Ciampa (Billerica), Lea Oppedisano (Hopkinton), Anne Damon (Medford), and Craig Ciampa (Billerica).  The director, Celia Couture, is from Tewksbury.

This production is supported in part by a grant from the Wayland Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

The historic Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre in Wayland is one of the truly unique cultural and historical resources in Metrowest.  The Vokes Players is a non-profit theatrical organization. Silent Sky is the third production of our 2018-19 season.  The theatre is wheelchair accessible.  For more information about the Vokes Players, visit our website – www.vokesplayers.org.

 

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