A lavish and seamless production…Discher, the director, clears away the clutter at the right moments, letting the essential ideas land.
— The New York Times
One of the finest directors in the state…[Discher] stages the first act of the play with the urgency of a “Law & Order” episode. Then he shrewdly turns down the pace to mirror the more disappointing times in Galileo’s life.
— The Star-Ledger
…a flawless production...
— The Independent Press

By Bertolt Brecht

Translated by John Willett

Adapted by Joseph Discher

Directed by Joseph Discher

Scenic Design by James Wolk

Lighting Design by Matthew Adelson

Costume Design by Brian Russman

Sound Design by Richard M. Dionne

Original Music by Joseph Discher & Jay Leibowitz

Production Stage Manager - Jana Llynn*


Michael Stewart Allen* | Fulganzio

Darin Altay* | Signora Sarti

David Arsenault | Monk

Remy Auberjonois* | Federzoni

Jeffrey M. Bender* | Ludovico Marsili, Astronomer

Richard Bourg* | Senator, Cardinal Barberini/Pope Urban VIII

Bruce Cromer* | Sagredo, Cardinal Bellarmin

Edmond Genest* | Senator, The Cardinal Inquisitor

John Heath | Monk

Robert Hock* | Priuli, Cardinal

Sherman Howard* | Galileo Galilei

Victoria Hudziak

Nathan Kaufman | Mucius, Monk

Jay Leibowitz* | Ballad Singer, Duke's Chamberlain, Town Crier

Geraldine Librandi*

Joe Mancuso | The Doge, Prelate, Gaffone

Jessica Ires Morris | Ballad Singer's Wife, Lady, Peasant

Kevin Palermo | The Grand Duke Cosimo de' Medici aged 9

Michael R. Pauley | Monk

Michael Rossmy | Astronomer, The Grand Duke Cosimo de' Medici aged 21, Frontier Guard

Brian Schilb | Philosopher, Father Christopher Clavius, Clerk

Robbie Collier Sublett | Andrea Sarti, Scholar

Patrick Toon | Mathematician, Monk

Justine Williams | Virginia

Carnival Procession & Revelers: John Heath, Dawn Souza, Company

*member Actor's Equity


Galileo judged his Discourse on Two New Sciences "superior to everything else of mine hitherto published," containing "results which I consider the most important of all my studies." By his own reckoning, his conclusions on resistance and motion outweighed all the astronomical discoveries that immortalized his name. Surely Galileo prided himself on having been the first to build a proper telescope and point it toward the sky. But he believed his own greater genius lay in his ability to observe the world at hand, to understand the behavior of its parts, and to describe these in terms of mathematical proportions. Posterity agrees. As Albert Einstein noted, "Propositions arrived at purely by logical means are completely empty as regards reality. Because Galileo saw this, and particularly because he drummed it into the scientific world, he is the father of modern physics—indeed, of modern science altogether."


 “Leading Cardinal Redefines Church's View on Evolution”
By Cornelia Dean and Laurie Goodstein, excerpted from The New York Times July 9, 2005 edition.

An influential cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, which has long been regarded as an ally of the theory of evolution, is now suggesting that belief in evolution as accepted by science today may be incompatible with Catholic faith. The cardinal, Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna, a theologian…close to Pope Benedict XVI, staked out his position in an Op-Ed article in The New York Times on Thursday…"Evolution in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the neo-Darwinian sense—an unguided, unplanned process of random variation and natural selection—is not.

Opponents of Darwinian evolution said they were gratified by Cardinal Schönborn's essay. But scientists and science teachers reacted with confusion, dismay and even anger...Cardinal Schönborn, who is on the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education…said he believed students in Catholic schools, and all schools, should be taught that evolution is just one of many theories.

…Dr. Francis Collins, who headed the official American effort to decipher the human genome, and who describes himself as a Christian, though not a Catholic, said Cardinal Schönborn's essay looked like "a step in the wrong direction" and said he feared that it "may represent some backpedaling from what scientifically is a very compelling conclusion, especially now that we have the ability to study DNA. There is a deep and growing chasm between the scientific and the spiritual world views," he went on. "To the extent that the cardinal's essay makes believing scientists less and less comfortable inhabiting the middle ground, it is unfortunate. It makes me uneasy…."