by Lauren Gunderson
January 24 - February 18, 2018
Director Susan Myer Silton
Based on the true story and science of early 20th century female "computers" at Harvard Observatory, astonishing discoveries await Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. But this brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man's world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place.
"Sure and lyrically expressive"– Boston Globe
This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:
Susan Myer Silton (Director). Silent Sky is the eighth play Susan has directed for Jewel; others were A Streetcar Named Desire (2016), Saint Joan (2014), Arcadia (2013), Mary Stuart (2012), House of Blue Leaves (2011), Clouds (2010)––all season openers––and Master Class in Jewel's 2015/16 season. Susan was dramaturge for Always … Patsy Cline, All My Sons, The Dance of Death, The Book Club Play, Next to Normal, Talley's Folly, The Price, Woman in Mind, Three Days of Rain, What the Butler Saw, and Arcadia, as well as the dramaturgy associate for Fallen Angels. A visual artist her entire life, she took her first theatre class in 1990, and went on to study with the National Shakespeare Conservatory under a Merit Scholarship. Susan acted with, among others, Pacific Repertory, Central Coast Theatre Works and Actors Theatre. In 1999, she co-founded Pisces Moon Productions, Inc., where she was Artistic Director for 12 years. A producer and director, Susan has served on the advisory committee for the Arts Council's Arts in Education program, is a Rydell Visual Arts and Gail Rich Awardee, and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Michelle Drexler (Henrietta) is honored to be stepping into the role of Henrietta in her first appearance with Jewel Theatre! Previous credits include Rags and Emma (Theatreworks), Imaginary Comforts (u/s Berkeley Rep), Company, Into the Woods and Camelot (San Francisco Playhouse), Hedda Gabler and Avant GardARAMA! (Cutting Ball Theater), Harry Thaw Hates Everybody (Shotgun Players), Spelling Bee (Berkeley Playhouse), Julius Caesar (SF Shakes on Tour), Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing (Kingsmen Shakespeare Company), King Lear (Great River Shakespeare Festival) and Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera (American Repertory Theatre). She played sold out houses in San Francisco and New York with her twin sister Lily in A Very Drexler Cabaret and they are currently in production for an original comedy web series! BFA Acting, Emerson College. www.MichelleDrexler.com. Special thanks to Susan for trusting her with this incredible role! This performance is dedicated to women throughout history who persist.
Marissa Keltie* (Margaret) is very excited to be returning to Jewel Theatre where she was previously seen in Harper Regan. Also seen in Trouble Cometh and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest with San Francisco Playhouse, Uncle Vanya (which she co-adapted and performed as a benefit for Doctors Without Borders) and Carnival Round the Central Figure with Symmetry Theatre, Terminus at Magic Theatre, Circle Mirror, Transformation and Bellwether at Marin Theatre Company. Other theatrical productions with Cal Shakes, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire, Custom Made, Central Works, California Theatre Center, North Bay Shakespeare, Berkeley Playhouse, & Impact Theatre. Love you Archie.
Marcia Pizzo* (Annie) is delighted to return to the Jewel Theatre where she was last seen in Fallen Angels and prior to that as The Actress in Enter the Guardsman. Other Bay Area credits include Round and Round the Garden, Rock'n'Roll, and A Mother with Olympia Dukakis at A.C.T; The Country House and the West Coast premiere of The Pitman Painters at TheatreWorks; Restoration Comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and The Tempest at California Shakespeare Theater; Wilder Times and Eccentricities of a Nightingale at Aurora Theatre Company; An Ideal Husband, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Servant of Two Masters at Marin Shakespeare Company. She has also performed at the Magic Theatre; Center REP; Marin Theater Company; SF Playhouse; Pacific Repertory Theatre; and in many musicals for the Mountain Play including The King And I, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, and Annie. Marcia received her MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre.
Diana Torres Koss* (Willamina) For Jewel: Always . . . Patsy Cline (Louise), All My Sons (Sue), A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice), Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely), Master Class (Manny), Fallen Angels (Saunders), Woman in Mind (Muriel), Enter The Guardsman (Dresser), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta), Mary Stuart (Queen Elizabeth), Blithe Spirit (Madame Arcati – co-directed with Julie James), House of Blue Leaves (Bunny), Company (Joanne), Starting Here Starting Now (Woman), Peggy the Musical (Peggy Guggenheims' Mother). She directed the comedy hit Sylvia, and was music director/vocal director for many Jewel shows like I Do!, I Do!, has created original music for Arcadia, Streetcar, and Silent Sky, and often co-designs sound for shows with her husband, John Koss. Other Regional: Theatreworks (Sweeney Todd, Civil War Christmas, Being Earnest); Palo Alto Players (Light in the Piazza); Marin Theatre Company (Cowgirls); Willows (Nunsense, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Radio Gals). When not in a Jewel show, Diana is often coaching performers, teaching music, and directing plays and musicals for the non-profit Starting Arts. Proud member of Actors Equity.
Aaron Wilton* (Peter) is elated to be working with Jewel Theatre! Local Credits: San Jose Rep, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Stage Company, Pacific Rep, Theatre Rhinoceros, Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, Cinnabar Theater, B Street, Brava Theater, Shakespeare Napa Valley and PlayGround. Regional: George Street Playhouse (w/Oscar nom. Amy Irving & Emmy nom. Peter Scolari), Hudson Stage Company, Shakespeare in the Wild, The Beckmann Theater, Curan Repertory Company and Greenwich Street Theatre, where his co-created show Happy Mundanes performed at the New York City Fringe Festival. He has numerous Film, TV and video game credits (including voices on the new Watch Dogs 2) and has done commercials with Blue Shield, Chase, Taco Bell, Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, Cisco, Adobe and Xfinity. He has won a Shellie and been nominated for a Perry, a TBA and three BroadwayWorld SF awards. Proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
*Member, Actors' Equity Association.