Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) is excited to open its mainstage season with Silent Sky, a powerful piece written in 2015 by Lauren Gunderson. This will begin the State Professional Theatre’s collection of 2022 shows.
Silent Sky tells the story of real-life astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and the work she and a group of female colleagues did…
Silent Sky tells the story of real-life astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and the work she and a group of female colleagues did to map out the night’s sky while working in the Harvard Observatory. The show mixes humor, wit, and human emotion while exploring the hardships of women breaking into the world of science in the early 1900s.
Women are still fighting for equal pay, respect, and recognition…
“Women are still fighting for equal pay, respect, and recognition. The play is a reminder of the historical devaluing of women’s intelligence and of women as citizens, and it offers us a deeper understanding of the contribution women have quietly made through history in spite of being considered less than,” said director Cathey Sawyer.
Starring in the production are GVT newcomers Amy Loui as Leavitt, along with Abel Garcia. Also featured in the production are returning actors Melissa Robinette (Shout!, Pride and Prejudice), Wendye Clarendon (A Comedy of Tenors, Nunsense), and Chrysten Peddie (Shout!, Into the Woods).
Along with Sawyer’s direction, the production will also feature scenic design by Evan Frank, costume design by Jenna Fawn Brown, lighting design by E. Tonry Lathroum, and sound and prop design by Arron Seams. Elizabeth Salisch will serve as the Production Stage Manager and Richard Crowell as Production Manager.
Silent Sky was originally planned to be a part of GVT’s 2020 season…
Silent Sky was originally planned to be a part of GVT’s 2020 season, prior to the theatre going dark due to COVID-19. It has been two long years since then, but the time is drawing closer for the lights to come up on Gunderson’s work.
Now entering its 55th season, GVT is a mainstay and theatre destination located in Lewisburg (Greenbrier County). The arts organization has been further recognized as a “West Virginia Jewel of the Hills,” awarded the Living the Dream Service Organization Honor Roll by The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, and is a multi-year recipient of Non-Profit Business of the Year. GVT boasts a robust series of year-round programing and educational offers with the goal to enlighten, enrich, and enliven throughout the region.
Silent Sky opens on Friday, May 20 and runs through Saturday, the 28th.
Silent Sky opens on Friday, May 20 and runs through Saturday, the 28th. Tickets are $32 for general seating, $29 for senior citizens age 60 and above, and $20 for students. 2022 season tickets are also on sale until May 23. For more information on tickets, shows, and the organization’s history, visit the theatre’s website: gvtheatre.org or call the box office at (304) 645-3838.