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.


Shawn Douglass, Galileo Galilei
Kelsey Brennan, Andrea Sarti
Henry Bolzon, Chamberlain/Cardinal/Vanni
Stephanie Diaz, Sarti
Susaan Jamshidi, Virginia
Todd Michael Kiech, Federzoni/Bellarmin/Galileo understudy
Blake Montgomery, Priuli/Barberini
Caleb Probst, Ludovico/Guard
Kevin Matthew Reyes, Fulganzio
Stephen Spencer, Sagredo/Grand Inquisitor



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


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