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Performance Dates: April 7-24, 2022

THE LIFE OF GALILEO by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by David Edgar, directed by Jerome Davis.

Performed outdoors at Dorothea Dix Park.

Tickets available for live & livestreamed performances.

THE LIFE OF GALILEO by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by David Edgar / April 7 – 24, 2022

Directed by Jerome Davis

Performed outdoors at Dorothea Dix Park

A peculiar bird, that one.  With odd ideas.  Working alone to all hours of the night.  Then, what’s this?  He has an idea?  An idea that will shake the foundation of science, of religion, of our place in the cosmos?  Well, by all means, let’s hear it!  After all, we are civilized men.

The Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by David Edgar, tells the story of a man of science who was willing to challenge the most powerful structures on earth … up to a point.  Was he right to do so?  Should he have gone further?  What are we to take from his story? 

“No, it isn’t possible for people to fly. It would need some kind of mechanical device, which doesn’t exist yet. Perhaps it never will. But of course, we can’t know that. We don’t know nearly enough, in fact. We’re really just at the beginning.”

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet known for being a leading theoretician of epic theatre, also called dialectical theatre, and the “distancing effect”. His prolific works include Mother Courage And Her Children and The Good Person of Szechwan, which were often used to express his opposition to the Nazi Socialist and Fascist movements.

David Edgar is a contemporary British playwright is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, former president of the Writers Guild of Britain, and has been an honorary associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1989. His works include the well-known adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, and three works set in Eastern Europe titled The Shape of the Table, Pentecost, and The Prisoner’s Dilemma – which Burning Coal performed in repertory as The Iron Curtain Trilogy.

Director                                            Jerome Davis

Technical Director                          Greg Osbeck

Scenery & LIghtingDesigner         Matthew Adelson

Costume Designer                           Stacey Herrison

Props Designer                               Elizabeth Newton

Sound Designer                              Juan Isler

PSM                                                   Leslie Castro

ASM #1                                             John Capetanos

ASM #2                                             Courtney Pisano

ASM #3                                             Emily Johns

ASM #4                                             Germona Sharp

Master Electrician                          Barry Jaked

Scene Painter                                  Meredith Riggan

Assistant Director                           Iliana Stavropoulou

Music                                                 Tommy Goldsmith

House Manager                               Carry Vaughan

Dramaturg                                        Eric Kildow



Sylvester Allen

Nikki Black

Preston Campbell

Dani Coan

Alexandra Finazzo

Kimmy Fiorentino

Simon Kaplan

Julie Oliver

Natalie Overton

Nash Tetterton

Laurel Ullman

Edward York

We highly recommend arriving an hour or two early to explore Dorothea Dix Park. The performance space is located between The Grove and the Sunflower Field, so we recommend the Rocky Branch Greenway. Learn more about the park and plan your adventure at

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