Current Season

Current Theatre Season

Silent Sky

2019 Silent Sky CoverFeb 28 - March 10, 2019

SILENT SKY
by Lauren Gunderson

THE STORY OF STELLAR WOMEN WHO MADE ASTRONOMICAL DISCOVERIES

Bradley University Theatre proudly opens its spring season with Silent Sky, Lauren Gunderson’s, acclaimed play about Henrietta Leavitt, the early 20th-century astronomer whose discoveries forever changed the way that we understand the universe. Featuring freshman performance major Emma O’Mahoney as Henrietta, the play is directed by BU senior Trevor Baty, only the second student ever to direct on the Bradley Theatre Mainstage. He is joined by student designers, senior Zavier Simmons (Lighting), sophomore Cierra Conrad (Sound) and junior Stephanie Begalke (Hair and Makeup). Faculty members Chad Lowell and Becki Arnold design scenery and costumes, respectively. Performances run from February 28th to March 10th, 2019 at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts.

Henrietta Leavitt, invited to join a staff of women “computers” at the Harvard Observatory, left her home and family in Wisconsin and distinguished herself in the shadow of male superiors who not only forbade her to touch a telescope but often took credit for her pioneering work. At a time when the Milky Way was commonly believed to comprise the entire universe, Leavitt and her female colleagues studied photographic plates of the stars, laboriously cataloguing them, calculating luminosity and searching for patterns. Leavitt’s unwavering examination of blinking stars, or Cepheids, led her to discover that light could be used to determine the distance and size of the stars in our galaxy—and tell us not only that the universe is infinitely larger than we believed, but also exactly where in its vast reaches we live. These crucial discoveries provided the foundation for the work of later, better-known astronomers, including Edwin Hubble.

Set against the backdrop of both the women’s suffrage movement and the First World War, Silent Sky poetically explores the contributions of bold, brilliant women whose passion for discovery brings them into conflict with the male-dominated science establishment of the time and comes at the cost of family ties, romantic attachments, and financial security. As Henrietta’s relations with her distant family become strained, and as she as she reckons with the demands of a budding romance, she finds deep solidarity and validation among her female colleagues.

“Lauren Gunderson is one of the most acclaimed and frequently produced American playwrights of the last decade,” says BU Theatre department chair Scott Kanoff. “In Silent Sky she eloquently brings us the compelling story of an American giant who, although largely unacknowledged during her lifetime, provided a critical turning point in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. Leavitt’s discoveries vastly expanded not only what we know about the universe but also the way we think about the limits of human understanding. Her story speaks eloquently to the current moment, and, through this compelling play, we are very excited to introduce it to the Bradley community.”

About the Playwright

Lauren M. Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America of 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more. She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued By A Bear, The Taming, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was be released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017.

February 28 - March 10, 2019

Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm

The Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts

1423 St. James, Peoria, IL 61625

TICKETS and INFO:
Bradley University Cultural Events Box Office
309-677-2650 or
www.bradley.edu/theatre

CAST
ROLE NAME
Henrietta Emma O’Mahoney
Margaret Bailey Stockhecke
Wiliamina Caitlyn Dixon
Annie Grace Sergott
Peter Susan Falk

Sense And Sensibility

April 25 - May 5, 2019

Sense And Sensibility
Adapted by Kate Hamill from the novel by Jane Austen

Never out of print since its 1807 debut, Jane Austen’s classic first novel comes to vibrant life in this acclaimed stage adaptation. Facing bleak prospects, the disinherited young Dashwood sisters discover love, endure heartbreak, and achieve triumph as England swerves between the reason (“Sense”) of the late 18th century and the surging romanticism (“Sensibility”) of the 19th. An indelible gallery of lovers, rogues, greedy in-laws, generous friends, and witless twits, are rendered with Austen’s spectacular language and benevolent humor, and staged with ingenious theatricality and style.

She Kills Monsters

2018 She Kills Monsters CoverNov 8-18, 2018

She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen

This high-octane journey of discovery romps through the 1990s world of fantasy role-playing games. Agnes Evans has tragically lost her parents and little sister, Tilly. When she discovers Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook and learns that her nerdy young sibling was a celebrated D&D master, she embarks on a quest to discover Tilly’s secret world: a girl-geek’s paradise of woman warriors, bloodthirsty cheerleaders, and myriad monsters who provided Tilly’s refuge and offer Agnes a release from her grief.

November 8-18, 2018

Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm

The Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts

1423 St. James, Peoria, IL 61625

TICKETS and INFO: 309-677-2660 or
www.bradley.edu/theatre

CAST

ROLE NAME
Agnes Alicia Vazquez
Tilly Grace Sergott
Miles Devon Swafford
Chuck Laurel Burrington
Kaliope Susan Falk
Lilith Mia Katz
Orcus Jake Winkle
Vera Haley Rapisarda
Steve Joe King
Evil Gabbi Claire Sullivan
Evil Tina Ashleigh Owens
Farrah Africa Hill
Ensemble Joe Parker
Ensemble Zach Daly
Ensemble Britian Peal

PRODUCTION STAFF

POSITION NAME
Director Scott Kanoff
Assistant Director Maggie Sturm
Stage Manager Katie Wilson
Assistant Stage Managers Bailey Stockhecke, Maggie Sullivan, Maggie Page
Fight Choreographer Justin jVerstraete
Asst Fight Choreographe/Fight Captain Trevor Baty
Scenic/Lighting Design Chad Lowell
Assistant Lighting Designer Zavier Simmons
Technical Director Johanna Miller
Media Designer Sam Conkin
Technical Direction Jo Miller
Assistant Technical Direction Will McDermith
Master Electrician/Asst Tech Direction Kendra Drew
Light Board Operator Robert Spencer
Sound Designer Thomas Dixon
Assistant Sound Designer Cierra Conrad
Sound Board Operator Sarah Dove
Prop Master Lucy Silva
Assistant Props Masters Abby Hill, Sarah Coughlin, Anthony Roselli
Costume Designer Nicki Wheeler
Assistant Costume Designer Alyssa Pietrzyk
Hair & Makeup Designer Nicki Wheeler
Asst Hair & Makeup Designer Stephanie Begalke
Dramaturg Camille Sanders
Publicity Sophia Fishkin, Jody Holtz, Alyson McKie
Wardrobe Head Abby Krock
Dressers ATirzah Christopher, Allie DeFelice, Jody Holtz
Make Up Run Crew Tyler Figuero
Run Crew Chief Karlee Frewert
Run Crew Jeremiah Lee, Brianna Joyce, Emma O'Mahoney, Jamie Yerkes
Media Operator Barbie Brown
Follow Spot Operators Onyea Cummings, Michael Hanson

Eric Petersen Sings Broadway with the Bradley Jazz Ensemble

2018 She Kills Monsters CoverNov 30 and Dec 1, 2018

Bradley’s Eric Petersen Sings Broadway

Bradley’s own Broadway Star and Department of Theatre Arts alum, Eric Petersen, starred in Shrek, Elf the Musical, School of Rock, Escape to Margaritaville, and many more. Join this dynamic performer and thrilling band for an unforgettable night of music.

Live at the Hartmann Center for Performing Arts

Friday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Tickets: 309-677-2650