HOPKINS, Minn., Apr. 5, 2019— Stages Theatre Company (STC) is excited to bring to stage the inspiring story of the young girls who grew up to become of the Black Women of NASA! Hidden Heroes is based on the book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris, whose grandmother was in the group of the first 11 black women recruited to work at NASA. The production takes audiences on a journey capturing the young girls’ brilliance, creativity, and imagination as they break barriers, accomplish the impossible, and become the courageous women who created opportunities that have influenced the industry of space exploration, mathematics & engineering. The world-premiere production will run in our Jaycee Studio from April 26 through May 19, 2019
Hidden Heroes is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission and is best enjoyed by children ages 7+. Tickets are on sale now! Visit www.stagestheatre.org for specific performance dates and times or call the Box Office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 pm at (952) 979-1111, option 4. Tickets are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, ages 60+ and children.
Adapted to stage by playwright Shá Cage & directed by Signe V. Harriday, Hidden Heroes encourages the audiences to dream big and imagine the unimaginable. “Centering the stories, voices, and experiences of Black women is part of what excites me about directing this production”, said Signe V. Harriday, Director. “Making unabashed space to create, play, and embody the fullness of ourselves is a healing journey and one I believe will touch the hearts of our audiences. Seeing reflections of ourselves in the brilliance and magic of our elders and ancestors is in part what this play and production is all about. Hearing and experiencing these dynamic stories helps us all see our interconnectedness and I hope inspires our audiences to dream.”
Hidden Heroes is based on the book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris, which discusses how in the 1950s, black women made critical contributions to NASA by performing calculations that made it possible for the nation’s astronauts to fly into space and return safety to Earth. “It is such an honor to bring Duchess Harris & Sue Bradford Edward amazing book to life for our audiences,” stated Sandy BorenBarrett, Stages Theatre Company Artistic Director.
“My hope is that this production sparks the imagination of our audience and inspires them to believe they can do anything!”
ABOUT THE CAST AND CREW
The cast for Hidden Heroes: The Black Women of NASA features: Celia Birgy (Katherine) Lynnea Doublette (Ella) Johannah Easley (Teacher) Natavia Griffin (Miriam) Saniya Long (Annie) Kennedy Lucas (Christine) Sadie Nelson (Ensemble) Alyra Nicholson (Ensemble) Jamela Pettiford (Big Grand) Lilie Rankin (Mary) Arianna Sanford (Ensemble)
The Creative & Production Team includes:
Artistic Director: Sandy Boren-Barrett Director: Signe V. Harriday Playwright: Shà Cage Costume & Make Up Designer: Samantha Fromm Haddow Set Designer: Jim Hibbeler, Sound & Video Design: Peter Morrow Lighting Designer: Soren Olsen Technical Director: Alan Pagel Props Designer: Holly Peterson Stage Manager: Bridget Gustafson Design Fellow: Maxwell Collyard
Stages Theatre Company was founded in 1984 and since then has grown to become one of the largest professional theatres for young audiences in the country. We engage young artists with themes relevant to their lives and involve them in creating magical works featuring young people in meaningful roles. Through on-stage productions, education programs and other outreach opportunities, Stages Theatre Company annually serves more than 150,000 young people and their families. For more information visit stagestheatre.org
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The Black Women of NASA
APRIL 26 – MAY 19, 2019 (AGES 7+)
A HIDDEN HISTORY COMES TO LIFE
HIDDEN HEROES is based on the book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. By Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris. Published by ABDO Publishing, Minneapolis, MN. Copyright © 2017
Written by Shá Cage
Directed by Signe Harriday
“It doesn’t matter what you look like, what your size is, what your color is. You can be anything you want to, but you do have to work at it,” says Annie Easley’s mother to her young daughter. In the 1950’s and 60’s the black women of NASA fought against racial and gender discrimination for a place on the leading edge of math, science and technology. Be inspired this spring, as we tell the stories of how these women were influenced as young girls to eventually make critical contributions that launched US astronauts into space and returned them safely back to Earth.
RUN TIME: Approximately 70 MINUTES with no intermission. Check back closer to opening night.