Silent Sky

For many years I’ve felt that the theater is the closest thing to a church most people will ever encounter. It is one of the last places that exist where a person is invited in, with open arms, and asked - just for an hour or two - to put away what they carry with them and actively practice empathy. A practice that is so deeply, unfathomably important. One that opens us up to a world that is so much larger and more loving and incomprehensible than the one we’re told we live in.


I grew up in a church like the one presented on stage… I walked into a familiar landscape tonight and was so beyond touched to see such a real struggle in front of me. One I’ve had. One my mother confronted as her father was dying. One exceedingly difficult to grapple with.


This is the kind of work that sits with you for years, sneaking up unexpectedly to make you reconsider, long after the show has closed. This is the kind of work that I want to be a part of. Tonight made me feel just how much I miss the theater and how much I appreciate the work that you are bringing to us. It is a gift to create this kind of show. It is a gift to all of us who get to sit in the question and the hurt and the struggle.


Silent Sky

by Lauren Gunderson

April 17 - May 4, 2024

Run Time: ~110 minutes

A true story exploring a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries and the women’s suffrage movement. When 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt joined a group of women “computers” at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours,” women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Like Scientific progress, social progress can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications. Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers’ dedication forever changed how we understand the heavens and Earth.

Commissioned and first produced by South Coast Repertory with support from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

“In our troubled days, it is good to have something outside our planet, something fine and distant for comfort.” -Annie Jump Cannon

Donna Jean Fogel* (Annie)
David Kepner (Peter)
Tess Makena* (Margaret)
Marissa Price (Williamina)
Tiara Thompson (Henrietta)

Production and Design Team:
Tracy Sunderland, Director
Rachel Kaufman,* Production Stage Manager
Kelly Edwards, Assistant Stage Manager
Seth Ashley, Lighting Designer
Erin Davidson, Scenic Designer
Chanté Thornton Hamann, Costume Designer
Luke Santy, Original Music, Sound, and Projection Designer
Nicholas Jules Hewitt, Technical Director
Chaz Gentry, Master Electrician
Lily Kennedy, Props Artisan & Scenic Painter
Brayden Buckley, Sound Engineer & Board Op
Cassie McCarty, Wardrobe Crew
Abbie Fickinger, Light Board Op
Joe Golden, Dialect Coach
Jen Gorman, Intimacy Choreographer
Daisy Erskine, Directing Intern

*Member of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.




“…SILENT SKY could act as a simple reminder of what a pleasant, thought-provoking evening at the theater ought to look like. It’s a lively, funny, accessible play that’s alive with interesting ideas.”

Did you catch director Benjamin Burdick on Idaho Matters? Listen to Gemma Gaudette on Boise State Public Radio:

Donna Jean Fogel* (Annie)

David Kepner (Peter)

Tess Makena* (Margaret)

Marissa Price (Williamina)

Tiara Thompson (Henrietta)

Play Sponsor

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Show Times

Wednesday & Thursday – 7:00 pm

Friday & Saturday – 8:00 pm

Saturday Matinee – 2:00 pm

Special Performance Dates

Preview Nights:
Wed, Apr 17, 2024 – Fri, Apr 19, 2024

Pay What You Want Night:
Wed, Apr 17, 2024

Opening Night:
Sat, Apr 20, 2024

Educators’ Night:
Wed, Apr 24, 2024

Post-Show Convo:
Sat, Apr 27, 2024, & Fri, May 3, 2024

First Thursday Happy Hour:
5:30-6:30 pm, Thu, May 2, 2024

Closing Night:
Sat, May 4, 2024

Content and Stage Effects Advisory

BCT does not proactively offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 208.331.9224 or

Ticket Prices

Preview Performances

(First Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday prior to Opening Night)

               All Seats – $28

Regular Performances

               Section A – $45

               Section B – $38

               Section C – $32

Student Tickets

As part of our commitment to keeping theater accessible to everyone, we will continue to offer discounted student tickets to anyone with a valid Student ID. Student tickets are valid in any available seating area.

               All Seats – $15

*Prices do not include applicable taxes and fees.

Seating Map

Seating prices are based
on where you sit.

Seats are divided into 4 sections:
Section A, Section B, Section C,
and the BCT BOX.

All seating prices will be based on the Section where your tickets are located regardless of day.

Click on the seating chart below to see the seating sections.

*Preview performances and student tickets are priced at a single discounted rate and not seated according to section.



Ben Voris@bwvoris
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The 5x5 was wonderful—with one rehearsal! Loved the chance to listen to the Q&A with the actors and to shake their hands. Looking forward to Sweat.
Kris Clegg@kris.clegg.10
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What an incredible show! Thank you!! You, the cast and the play were amazing!
Edna Shochat@Edna.Shochat
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Thank you for this show. And what a performance that was.
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