“Insignificant” Hits the Mars Black Box Theater Nov. 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8, 2017

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The Sheridan College Theater Department presents “Insignificant”, written by Sean Michael Welch and directed by Dannylee Hodnett, Theater Faculty. The play will run Nov. 16, 17, & 18 at 7:00 pm and Nov. 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mars Black Box Theater. Tickets are available at the WYO Theater Box Office or at www.wyotheater.com.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, Edward Charles Pickering, director of the Harvard Observatory, employed a group of women to photograph and catalog the entire night sky. These women helped revolutionize the field of astronomy, but got virtually no recognition at the time because of their gender. Sarcastic and bittersweet, this play is about the true stories of women who broke the rules – and made history – with their astounding but uncelebrated triumphs.

“I wanted to produce this play because it is a compelling story about real women who made monumental contributions to the field of astronomy,” says Hodnett. “But also because of how Mr. Welch tells the story. He pairs the historic material with a general playfulness with the theatricality of theater that results in a series of delightful surprises.”

A reading of this version of the play first took place during the Wyoming Theater Festival in 2016, but this is the first time it has been produced on the stage.

“New works, and new versions of works, are always a challenge because there is no template,” Hodnett explains. “The students have risen to that challenge, trying new choices, molding their characters into models that future productions can draw from.”