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October 8, 2019

Asbury University’s Theatre Department works to tell stories of the underdog through its annual productions each year. Some productions make you laugh, cry or both.

This week, audience members will find themselves doing both at the University’s Greathouse Theatre as the department puts on “Silent Sky.”

The show is being directed by Professor Jeff Day and the cast is made up of students from the Theatre & Cinema Performance major.

Written by Lauren Gunderson, “Silent Sky” tells the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, who worked at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s and faced the gender discrimination of the times, and shares an empowering message of gender equality in the workplace.

The show is both a celestial romance and true story of discovery set at the dawn of modern astronomy. Playgoers will enjoy taking a trip back in time as they learn about the real women “computers” who worked at the Harvard Observatory during this time.

Asbury’s production opened last weekend, and will be showing October 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase here. Admission is $5 for students and $8 for adults.

“Silent Sky” is one of many phenomenal Asbury-produced plays that will run this academic year. Later in the semester, Asbury Theatre will put on “An Inspector Calls,” a British drama that takes place in 1912. The show will run Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-22 and is directed by Asbury faculty member Carol Anderson. Asbury theatre students will finish out the academic semester with a production of Friday Night Live, a hilarious sketch comedy written by Asbury students for Asbury students.

The spring semester brings a bevy of productions ranging from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” to the Worship Arts Album Recording. Check out a full schedule of Asbury productions here.

Learn more about the Theatre & Cinema Performance major at Asbury.