The Life of Galileo

by Bertolt Brecht
translated by David Edgar
directed by Blanka Zizka

April 11 – May 19, 2007

The epic story of Galileo comes to life in the Wilma’s vibrant re-imagining of Brecht’s masterpiece! In a simple study in Padua, Galileo raises his telescope to the skies and transforms hypothesis into proof that Earth is not the center of the universe. Word of his discovery radiates from the streets of Venice to the palaces of Rome, shaking the age-old core beliefs of his society. Galileo is ultimately brought before the Holy Inquisition and forced to make a decision that fuels passionate debates over science, politics, religion, and ethics – even to this day. An ambitious production in every aspect, The Life of Galileo brings to the stage many of Philadelphia’s most esteemed actors in a sparkling new translation from Tony® and Olivier-winning playwright David Edgar (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby).