Next Up at WEPG: Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky

West End Players Guild’s 107th season continues with Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky, a riveting true story of a group of women astronomers whose fight to overcome gender discrimination revolutionized the way we view our universe. The play opens on February 9, 2018, and runs through February 18.

Henrietta Leavitt wanted to touch the stars, and when she was offered a job at the renowned Harvard Observatory she thought she was on her way. But her employer would not even let her touch the telescope – not because she was unqualified, but because she was a woman. Silent Sky chronicles her fight for equality and her discoveries that changed the science of astronomy forever.

Ellie Schwetye returns to our stage as director. Schwetye directed our 2016 production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, leading her talented cast to a Theatre Circle award for Best Ensemble in a Drama. In Silent Sky, she will direct an equally strong cast that includes Colleen Backer, Graham Emmons, Michelle Hand, Jamie Pitt and Rachel Tibbetts.

Silent Sky will be performed seven times over two weekends at 8 p.m. Thursday (second week only), Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. All performances are in the theatre at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard in the Central West End. Free parking and the theatre entrance are at the rear of the church. Tickets to the show are now on sale, as are tickets to the final show of the 2017-18 season, Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano(Apr. 6-15). Click here to buy tickets now.

Congratulations to our Theatre Circle Awards winners

West End Players Guild snagged two of the 2017 Theatre Circle Awards, presented by theatre critics for outstanding work by professional theatre companies in our area.

The cast of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia — Kristin Rion, Michael Cassidy Flynn, Scott De Broux, Andrew Kuhlman, Carl Overly, Jr., Ann Marie Mohr, Anthony Wininger, Nicole Angeli, Erin Renee Roberts, John Wolbers, Jaz Tucker and Mason Hunt — won for Best Ensemble in a Drama; Ellie Schwetye directed their performance.


Maggie Wininger took home the trophy as Outstanding Actress in a Comedy for her performance in the title role of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, directed by Jan Meyer.

Congratulations as well to actors from three West End shows also nominated for Theatre Circle Awards:

Tom Kopp earned a nomination for outstanding actor in a comedy for his work as Frank in Educating Rita.

Kristin Rion, who played Thomasina in our production of Arcadia, was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama.

And, Jeremy Goldmeier, Emily Johnson, Ariel Roukaerts and Zach Venturella were nominated for best ensemble in a drama for their work in Vladimir Zelevinsky’s Manifest|Destiny, directed by Steve Callahan.