“Religion and science are Truth on opposite sides of the same coin.”Yosef Lopez
I just recently watched a TED talk by a Certified Psychopath Finder who met with scientologist Tony at Broadmoor, a psychiatric clinic in Berkshire, England. Tony had faked madness to prevent a 5-year prison sentence, but had been stuck in Broadmoor for 12 years by then. Speaker and journalist Jon Ronson realized that humans have this need to put people in boxes: “you shouldn’t define people by their maddest edges. [Tony] is a gray area in a world that doesn’t like gray areas where you [actually] find the complexity, the humanity, [and] the truth [in humanity].” In Act 1, Silent Sky shows an obvious divide between science versus religion, homebound versus unconfined realities, and the coldness of a computer versus the heat of emotion. In Act 2, playwright Lauren Gunderson then pushes her characters to enter the gray areas instead of staying in their defined boxes and starts to find TRUTH in BOTH science and religion, computer and emotion, home and leaving your comfort zone. The show even quotes the “German physicist” Albert Einstein who “says that mass and energy are just different forms of the same thing”!
My husband and I had a great conversation after the show about meaning. We discussed the concepts of souls, finding truth, and being okay with peoples’ different perceptions of meaning. Henrietta’s struggle is “where do we fit in the universe.” Henrietta Leavitt starts with a set frame of reference to which she looks at the universe; unfortunately, an introduction of doubt shakes her very foundation (i.e. axiom) that questions if anything actually matters, challenges her, and helps her to find new truths. After viewing the show in its entirety twice, I have learned that ‘legacy’ is not an ending but is the beginning of an idea’s journey whether through scientific discovery or living life.
During my final view of Silent Sky, I have to appreciate the finesse of the professional actors. Firstly, sitting on the right side of the house, viewing stage left, I had the great opportunity to see Veronika’s facial expressions, to watch her excellent acting, and to appreciate Henrietta’s character development. During the preview, I commented on her robotic movements and line-giving, and I voiced my disappointment on her lack of leadership as the LEAD of an un-harmonious ensemble. This time, she showed me that professional actors only get better with time, their research of their narrative, and the advancement of their character. It took the importance of changing my perspective. A job well done, Veronika!
B’hatzlacha, Silent Sky!!