E. C. Glass High School will perform Lauren Gunderson’s award-winning play “Silent Sky” on Thursday, Jan. 25 through Saturday, Jan. 27. The show is based on the true story of deaf Harvard University astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and her female colleagues’ groundbreaking contributions to science’s understanding of the universe in the 1900s.
Friday’s 7 p.m. performance will be shadow interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) by StageHands Interpreters. This will be the 15th shadowed performance at E. C. Glass. The school’s longtime commitment to accessibility is particularly relevant in the context of “Silent Sky,” which celebrates the accomplishments of female scientists in a field that often undervalued them.
"Our deaf audience members travel from all over Virginia and surrounding states to see these performances, and our students grow in empathy by considering our deaf audience's perspective,” said E. C. Glass theatre director Allison Daugherty. “Our hearing audience is often fascinated and proud to be part of such a community.”