Galileo Galilei was a brilliant man who lived in dangerous times. He understood that the Earth passed around the sun at a time when others were condemned as heretics for questioning the Ptolemaic view of the universe favoured by the church.
Play title: Galileo
Author (s): Tom Stoppard
Publisher: Arte Magazine
Publication Date: 2003
Genre: Drama (Screenplay)
Funder: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Primary Discipline: Astronomy
Secondary Discipline: Cosmology
Scientist (s): Galileo: was an Italian astronomer, mathematician, physicist, philosopher and professor who made pioneering observations of nature with long-lasting implications for the study of physics. He also constructed a telescope and supported the Copernican theory, which supports a sun-centered solar system.
Giordano Bruno: An Italian philosopher, astronomer, mathematician, and occultist whose theories anticipated modern science.
Paolo Sarpi: An Italian patriot, scholar, and state theologian during Venice’s struggle with Pope Paul V.
Christoph Grienberger: was an Austrian Jesuit astronomer, after whom the crater Gruenberger on the Moon is named
Source Texts: The Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
Character Breakdown: 4 Women, 33 Men, Ensemble
Giordano Bruno, Maffeo Barberini, Robert Bellarmine, Galileo, Boy, Father, Grand Duke Ferdinand, Grand Duchess Christina, Cosimo, Two Guards, Marina, Professors, A Painter, A Physician, An Architect, Priest, Maria Celeste, Cremonini, Paolo Sarpi, Colome, Castelli, A Student, Mazzoleni, Franco, Students, Doge, Father Baccini, Grienberger, Monk, Elderly Cardinal, Clavius, Archduchess Maria Magdalena, Gonzaga, Boscaglia, An Old Bishop, Lorini, Secretary, Clerk, Riccardi, Urban
Time Period: Varies
Synopsis of Play: Galileo Galilei was a brilliant man who lived in dangerous times. He understood that the Earth passed around the sun at a time when others were condemned as heretics for questioning the Ptolemaic view of the universe favoured by the church. But Galileo, a charismatic figure with a firm grasp of the power politics of the era, stayed on the right side of the religious authorities for most of his life, succumbing only in his later years when he was forced to renounce his discoveries. https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/galileo-1-549047
First Performance Date: August 4th, 2004
First Producer: Collapsible Theatre Company
Performance History: Galileo by Tom Stoppard is an unpublished screenplay that was first performed at Collapsible Theatre Company (adapted and directed by Jaspreet Singh Boparai) at C+3 on the Edinburgh Fringe on August 4, 2004. http://www.sondheimguide.com/Stoppard/adaptations.html#Galileo
Entered by: Meaghan Yesford
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