Reine Productions, in cooperation with Repertory Philippines, brings the critically acclaimed play “Silent Sky” back to the stage for limited encore performances this February.
Written by America’s most produced playwright, Lauren Gunderson, “Silent Sky,” is a poetic and poignant retelling of the life of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the greatest unsung heroes in the history of science.
Leavitt was among the Harvard Computers: women hired by the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s to painstakingly analyze and catalogue every observable star in the heavens. She, along with Annie Cannon and Williamina Fleming, were among the first women to blaze a trail for themselves in the heavily male-dominated science of astronomy.
Leavitt battled with a disability, family tragedy, and tremendous societal pressure to give up her passion for science. Her grit and fire ultimately paid off when her personal research led to her discovery of a distinct mathematical pattern in the stars—a pattern that would, for the first time, enable humans to measure the very breadth of the universe itself.
Repertory Philippines’ production of “Silent Sky” premiered in March last year at the Onstage Theater in celebration of International Women’s Day. This re-staging at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium once again brings together the artistic team composed of Philstage Gawad Buhay awardees Joey Mendoza (production design), John Batalla (lighting design), and Jethro Joaquin (sound design).
Original cast members Cathy Azanza-Dy, Caisa Borromeo, Naths Everett, and Topper Fabregas, who also steps in as assistant director, will be returning to reprise their roles.
The 2019 production will also mark the much-awaited return to the Philippine stage of renowned actor-screenwriter, and producer Bibeth Orteza.
Orteza last featured in 2017, appearing as Roza in W!LD RICE’s “Boeing Boeing” at the Victoria Theatre in Singapore. In “Silent Sky,” she will be tackling the role of the brilliant and exacting astronomer Annie Cannon.
“The cast and I are delighted that Bibeth has agreed to join us,” says director Joy Virata, “Like us, she fell in love with the script upon first reading, and it will be wonderful to see her create the character of Annie.”
“Silent Sky” runs from February 1 to 10 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. Tickets available through Ticketworld at (02) 891-9999 or ticketworld.com.ph. Contact Ria Pangilinan at 0917-5378313 or email [email protected] for tickets and other inquiries.
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