‘The Sun’s Disappearing Act’ Explores the Stories and Myths of Solar Eclipses

On August 21st, parts of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. It’s the first time in a century that the path of totality will be visible from the west coast to the east. Milwaukee isn’t in the totality path but it will still be darker than normal as the sun will be 86% eclipsed.

As might be expected, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton is excited about this rare astronomical event. She and her staff at the Manfred Olson Planetarium have been preparing special programming leading up to the actual eclipse, which begins on July 21st.

The origin of the play goes back to an ongoing discussion between Creighton and Robin Mello, a professor in UWM’s Theatre Department, surrounding a singular question: “What could we do that would be really out of the ordinary,” Creighton explains.

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