Stages Theatre Company (STC) is presenting the inspiring story of the young girls who grew up to become 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 and engineering.
The world premiere production is in Jaycee Studio at Stages Theatre Company from April 26 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.”
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 and Sue Bradford Edward amazing book to life for our audiences,” said Sandy Boren-Barrett, 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!”
Stages Theater is at 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343.
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 6pm at (952) 979-1111, option 4. Tickets are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, ages 60+ and children. For more information - http://bit.ly/STC-HiddenHeroes. Hidden Heroes is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission and is best enjoyed by children ages 7+.
The cast for Hidden Heroes: The Black Women of NASA features:
Celia Birgy (Katharine)
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
Assistant Stage Manager: Joya Horne
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