Commanding Space – The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket

Syracuse Stage

By Stephanie Leary
Directed by Joann Yarrow
Performed by Daisha Abdillahi
Produced by Syracuse Stage – Syracuse, New York
Costume and Prop Design by Kate Laissle
Sound Design by Kevin O’Connor

In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, young Annie Easley knows she can be something more. In this true story of dreams, hardships, and self-determination, Annie becomes one of the first African American human computers at NASA. Initially working on airplanes, she soon realizes her destiny is to be on the team of mathematicians that launch the Centaur Rocket into the Space Race. Commanding Space – The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket is an important story about a persistent and intelligent woman whose desire to succeed in science and technology proved stronger than the prejudice that would have denied her.

Best for grades 3+
Run time – 40 minutes plus a 20 minute Talk-Back
Sensory Friendly or Relaxed Performances available

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