The Women Who Mapped the Stars by Joyce Van Dyke

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Astronomy - Performance

Date & Time: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, March 21, 2019 - March 30, 2019
2:00 AM-4:00 AM, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult, Elders
Location: Online
Cost: $25 Adults, $22 WHM members/Seniors, $10 Students
Description: This play is inspired by five women astronomers who
worked at the Harvard College Observatory, starting in the late 19th
century when modern astrophysics was just coming into being. The new
technology of photography was transforming how astronomy was done -
and it also created new opportunities for women. At Harvard and other
observatories, women were hired as computers, a job seen as womens
work, to classify the enormous quantity of data generated by thousands
of new photographic plates of the stars. The women computers were
hired to work, not to think, in the words of astronomer Cecilia Payne.
But these five women made discoveries that proved to be transformative
for astrophysics. This play is about their struggle to do their work.
Performances: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings: 3/21, 3/22,
3/23, 3/28, 3/29, 3/30, at 6:30 PM; Also Saturday matinees on 3/23 and
3/30 at 2 PM
Tickets: $25; $22 for Seniors and Museum members; $10 for Students.
Performed at the
Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm Street, Worcester MA
Directed by Barbara Guertin
Produced by 4th Wall Stage Company
Tickets may be purchased at the door or on-line
The Astronomers:
ANTONIA MAURY (1866-1952).
ANNIE JUMP CANNON (1863-1941).
CECILIA PAYNE (1900-1979).
Setting: The womens workroom at Harvard College Observatory, late 19th to
early 20th centuries. Inside the room is the universe.
For additional information contact Barbara Guertin at or at
More Information: Website:
Entered by: 4th Wall Stage Company

Created: February 18, 2019 at 11:21 PM

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