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. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt 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.
Don’t miss this great collaborative evening of local theatre! This special production is a fundraiser to support both organizations. Your ticket includes dessert service and a full cash bar is available. After you purchase your ticket, we will be in touch via email to confirm and see if you have a seating or table preference.
Please consider a donation on top of your ticket purchase so that we can make free tickets available to others in the community who might not otherwise be able to attend this special show.
Free parking for theatre patrons is available through the generosity of Lutheran Health Network/Lutheran Downtown Hospital. The lot is located north of Main Street at Rockhill, approximately one-half block from the theatre.
All proceeds from this production will be shared equally between Arena Dinner Theatre and The Literacy Alliance.