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The Women Who Mapped the Stars

FORT MYERS, FL (August 1, 2023) – The Alliance for the Arts will hold auditions for The Women Who Mapped the Stars, by Joyce Van Dyke, on Saturday August 19 from noon to 2PM at the Alliance. This show is scheduled for performances in the Planetarium at the Calusa Nature Center February 8 – 18, 2024. To make an appointment, please, email [email protected]. For more info call 239-939-2787 or email [email protected].

About the Show

In The Women Who Mapped the Stars, five women astronomers working together at the Harvard Observatory help to shape the development of astrophysics. Cecilia Payne, the central character, makes the revolutionary discovery while still a graduate student that the stars are made of Hydrogen. In this time-bending, non-linear play, we experience the rivalries and friendships of five very different women as they build on each other’s work, feed each other’s dreams, exult in the thrill of discovery, struggle for recognition, and open the doors for those who come after them. 

Character Information

Williamina (Mina) Fleming – 20s to 50, White, Female. Brusque, organized. Scottish accent. Smart, with a high school education. 

Cecilia Payne – 20s to 50, Female. Ardent, stormy, hungry, ambitious to discover a new theory in astrophysics. English accent. Trained in sciences at Cambridge University.

Antonia Maury – 30s to 50s,  Hispanic or White. Female Dreamy, prickly, idealistic, aggressive, aristocratic. College graduate and trained astronomer.

Annie Jump Cannon – 30s to 50s, Female, White. Charming, sociable, enthusiastic. Deaf. College educated, trained astronomer.

Henrietta Leavitt – 20-40’s White, Female. Reserved, meticulous, devoted. Deaf. College educated, trained astronomer.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1975, the Alliance has been committed to transforming lives and improving community through the arts. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information, please call 239-939-2787, visit us at, find us on Facebook or Instagram.


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