The theatre at Spoon River College has announced the cast and crew for its Nov. 12-14 production of Lauren Gunderson’s 2015 drama Silent Sky.
Lauren Gunderson holds the distinction of being currently the most-produced living American playwright. The true story of early-20th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries in this “luminously beautiful play, an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Silent Sky “sheer magic…with bursts of smart, infectious humor.”
Director Douglas Okey, a member of the SRC faculty, said that Silent Sky “shows a historical figure in a dramatic light, highlighting the accomplishments of Henrietta Leavitt but really presenting her character in a human story.” Okey added that the play, while a drama, “has lots of light, comedic moments.”
SRC Theatre presents its plays in the Taylor Hall Theatre on the college’s Canton Campus. Silent Sky runs Nov. 12 and 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved using the reservations form on the Theatre page at SRC.edu or calling (309) 649-6257.
Members of the company for Silent Sky, comprising both currently enrolled students and community members, include: Lauren Avery, Kaitlynn Tutt, Kirsten Seeley, Sydney Munson, Hannah Zimmerman, Lily Rogers, Haiden Lee, Stacy Smith, Madelynn Wilcox, Ethan Tinsman, Aaron Haacke, Rachel Hickle, Hunter Martin, Aimee Kalb, Destiny Evans, Sienna Rader, and Keeara Virag.