Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO

PlayMakers Repertory Company What: "Life of Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht. Adaptation by Joseph Discher. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. When: February 27 to March 17, 2019. Opening Night & Press Opening Saturday March 2, 2019. Where: Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, 120 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, NC Tickets: Start at $15; Students tickets start at $10

(Chapel Hill, NC, February 18, 2019) PlayMakers Repertory Company presents the theatrical event of the 2018/19 season, Bertolt Brecht's "Life of Galileo," adapted by Joseph Discher. PlayMakers' Producing Artistic Director, Vivienne Benesch, directs the production, which runs from February 27 to March 17, 2019.

The tale of Galileo Galilei is as much a study of one man's dogged determination, as it is the battle between science, reason, and faith. When his chance discovery leads to evidence of a seismic shift in scientific thinking, Galileo sparks a dangerous dispute with authority. To challenge the idea that the earth is the center of the universe is to challenge the all-powerful Roman Catholic Church. In this powerful adaptation of a classic tale, we are asked to confront our responsibility to the "truth" in the digital age, where truth feels malleable and no longer a fixed point.

"Over the last two years, I have found myself drawn again and again to the story of Galileo, and the notion that 'truth' is a negotiating point between factions, not something rooted in science, or history," said Benesch. "Brecht wrote the original 'Life of Galileo' in 1938, and another version just after the atom bomb drop in 1945. In 2019, the themes he grappled with resound with eerie clarity for yet another set of critical circumstances. Jim Findlay has designed a visually arresting, immersive set that, combined with haunting original music by Justin Ellington, puts the audience unexpectedly inside the tortured, impassioned world of the father of modern science. Our cast and creative team have really pulled out all the stops for this production, and I hope audiences will leave the theatre having been both entertained and inspired by the story of one of history's original ground shifters."

"Life of Galileo" features Ron Menzel as Galileo, in his PlayMakers debut (Broadway credits include Les Liaisons Dangereueses and Parisian Woman). Also featuring David Adamson as Federzoni ("She Loves Me", "Bewilderness"), Geoffrey Culbertson as Ludovico ("Bewilderness," "Sense and Sensibility"), Rishan Dhamija as Little Monk ("Tartuffe," "Dot"), Ray Dooley as Cardinal Inquisitor ("Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood," "My Fair Lady"), Samuel Ray Gates as Bellarmin ("Skeleton Crew," "Leaving Eden"), Alex Givens as Andrea ("The Christians," "Skeleton Crew"), Brandon Haynes as Cosimo de Medici ("Tartuffe," PlayMakers Mobile "Macbeth"), Ashlei Hefferman as Clavius (PlayMakers debut), Kathryn Hunter-Williams as Sagredo ("Trouble in Mind," "Into the Woods"), Sarah Elizabeth Keyes as Virginia ("She Loves Me," "Sense and Sensibility"), Anna Longenecker as Guiseppe (PlayMakers debut), Christine Mirzayan as Ballad Singer's Wife ("The Cake," "The Christians"), Sarita Ocón as Sarti ("The Crucible," "Leaving Eden"), Tristan Parks as Ballad Singer ("Leaving Eden," "My Fair Lady"), and Dan Wilson as Mucius ("Illegal Helpers," and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Stockholm's Stadsteater).

The Creative Team of "Life of Galileo" includes: Vivienne Benesch (Director), Jim Findlay (Scenic & Projections Designer), Tracy Bersley (Choreographer), Grier Coleman (Costume Designer), Kate McGee (Lighting Designer), Justin Ellington (Composer & Sound Designer), Adam Versenyí (Dramaturg), Christopher Combermale (Assistant Director), Tara Elliott (Assistant Director), and Charles K. Bayang (Stage Manager).

For information and to purchase tickets, call 919.962.7529 or visit www.playmakersrep.org. Individual ticket prices start at $15.

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Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
The company Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO adapted by Joeseph Discher

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
Rishan Dhamija as the Little Monk with Alex Givens as Andrea Sarti

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
Ron Menzel as Galileo

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
Sarah Elizabeth Keyes as Viriginia with Ray Dooley as the Cardinal Inquisitor

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
Ron Menzel on the screen as Galileo with David Adamson as Federzoni

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
Kathryn Hunter-Williams as Pope Urban VIII with Ray Dooley as the Cardinal

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
Ron Menzel as Galileo and Tristan Parks as Vanni

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
Tristan Parks as the Ballad Singer

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
Ron Menzel as Galileo and Geoffry Culbertson as Ludovico

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
Alex Givens as Young Andrea with Ron Menzel




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