The Life of Galileo

His heretical announcement, that both the moon and Jupiter only reflect the sun’s light, is brought to the attention of the church and Galileo is summoned to the Vatican.

Play title:  The Life of Galileo

Author (s):  Bertolt Brecht (Intimate Version by David Hare)

Publisher: Samuel French

Publication Date: 1994

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Astronomy

Secondary Discipline: Cosmology

Scientist (s): Galileo Galilei

Source Texts:

Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler

Galileo by Bertolt Brecht and Charles Laughton

Character Breakdown: 27 Men, 4 Women

Galileo Galilei, Andrea Sarti (two actors at different ages), Virginia, Signora Sarti, The Little Monk/ Fulganzio, Federzoni, Sagredo, Ludovico Marsili, The Chancellor/Signor Priuli, Cosimo de Medici (two actors at different ages), Chamberlain, Philosopher, Mathematician, First Monk, Second Monk, Astronomer, Very Old Cardinal, Clavius, The Cardinal Inquisitor, Cardinal Barberini/ Pope, Cardinal Bellarmin, First Clerk, Second Clerk, The Rector, Vanni, An official, A man, A monk, A peasant, A frontier guard

Setting: various locations in Renaissance Italy

Time Period: 1600’s

Synopsis of Play: His heretical announcement, that both the moon and Jupiter only reflect the sun’s light, is brought to the attention of the church and Galileo is summoned to the Vatican. His friends abandon him and his appeal to the Pope is intercepted by the inquisitor. Galileo recants, but even while imprisoned continues his writings surreptitiously. https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/734/the-life-of-galileo-hare-trans

First Performance Date: February 7th, 1996

First Producer: Berkeley Repertory Theater

Performance History: The Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht (Intimate Version by David Hare) performed in February 7th 1996 at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Set design was by  Douglas Stein; costumes were by Meg Neville; lighting design was by Christopher Akerlind; sound was by James LeBrecht; music was by Ken Hat Trio; production design was by Alexander V. Nichols; dramaturg was by  Luan Schooler the production stage manager was Michael Suenkel. The artistic director was Tony Taccone. https://variety.com/1999/film/reviews/the-life-of-galileo-1200459303/

Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/feb/13/life-of-galileo-review

https://variety.com/2006/legit/reviews/the-life-of-galileo-2-1200514802/

https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/reviews/life-of-galileo

http://www.curtainup.com/galileo.html

https://scottishstage.wordpress.com/2006/07/15/review-the-life-of-galileo-national-theatre-london/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-the-life-of-galileo-remy-bumppo-ent-0330-20160330-story.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-life-of-galileo-olivier-national-theatre-london-6095820.html

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/drama/3653633/Classic-with-a-star-at-its-heart.html

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/RNTgalileo-rev

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                   

2006, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company,                                         2006, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company,

Photo: Johnny Knight                                                                      Photo: Johnny Knight

                                         

2006, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company,                                        2009, Central Square Theater

Photo: Johnny Knight                                 

1996, Berkeley Repertory Theater   

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