Stages Theatre Company’s “Hidden Heroes,” the inspiring story of girls who grew up to become the Black Women of NASA, 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 and engineering.
The world premiere production is in Jaycee Studio at Stages Theatre Company opened Friday, April 26 and runs through May 19, 2019.
Adapted to stage by playwright Shá Cage and 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. “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 are all about. Hearing and experiencing these dynamic stories helps us all see our interconnectedness and I hope inspires our audiences to dream.”
Stages Theater is at 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343.