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


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


DirectorNick Sandys

Stage Manager- Christa van Baale

Scenic Designer- Joe Klug, USA

Lighting DesignerMike 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 

DramaturgAlexandra Garfinkle

Set Construction/Technical Direction- Jason Kingsley, Means of Production

Wardrobe Supervisor- Breena Cope

Sound Operator/Electrician- Morgan Lake

Master Electrician- Cody Ryan


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