The Life of Galileo

By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by David Hare
Directed by Nick Sandys
March 23 – May 1, 2016

Galileo knows the pleasure of discovery, the empowering nature of knowledge, and more than the powers-that-be would prefer. As he fights to share his discoveries with the common man, he is forced to consider what leaders owe to their followers – especially in the face of mortal danger. The past parallels the present in Brecht’s highly theatrical parable about the struggle between science and authority.


Three 1/2 Stars
-Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

– Ella Seet, Buzz On Stage

“clever direction…talented cast…quality theater, to be sure!”
– Al Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago

“Excellent Production”
– Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic

“supremely relevant…a powerful thought-provoking story”
– Nancy Bishop, Third Coast Reviews

“an extremely contemporary cautionary tale…We couldn’t need it more”
– Larry Bommer, Stage and Cinema


Production Photos


Director- Nick Sandys
Stage Manager- Christa van Baale
Scenic Designer- Joe Klug, USA
Lighting Designer- Mike Durst
Costume Designer- Rachel Lambert, USA
Sound Designer- Christopher Kriz, USA
Properties Designer- Christopher Neville
Projections Designer- John Boesche
Puppet Designer- Stephanie Diaz Reppen
Assistant Director- Beth Wolf
Assistant Stage Manager- Jacqueline Marschke
Production Manager- Ellen Willett
Dramaturg- Alexandra Garfinkle
Set Construction/Technical Direction- Jason Kingsley, Means of Production
Wardrobe Supervisor- Breena Cope
Sound Operator/Electrician- Morgan Lake
Master Electrician- Cody Ryan


Henry Bolzon- Chamberlain/ Cardinal/ Vanni
Kelsey Brennan- Andrea Sarti
Stephanie Díaz- Mrs. Sarti and Ensemble
Shawn Douglass- Galileo Galilei
Susaan Jamshidi- Virginia
Todd Michael Kiech- Federzoni/ Bellarmin/ u/s Galileo
Blake Montgomery- Priuli/ Barberini
Caleb Probst- Ludovico/ Guard
Kevin Matthew Reyes- Fulganzio
Stephen Spencer- Sagredo/ Grand Inquisitor