By Bertolt Brecht

“Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero.”  

“No, unhappy is the land that needs a hero.”


Pictured: L to R. Shane Strawbridge as Sagredo and Bruce DuBose as Galileo in Undermain Theatre’s Production of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht.

Directed by Katherine Owens

February 8 – March 5, 2017


The setting is the dawn of the age of reason in the early 17th century when Galileo was teaching young students the incredible account of how the earth moves around the sun, rather than the other way around. His heretical announcement, that both the moon and Jupiter only reflect the sun’s light, is brought to the attention of the church and Galileo is summoned to the Vatican. His friends abandon him and his appeal to the Pope is intercepted by the inquisitor.  Galileo recants, but even while imprisoned, continues his writings surreptitiously. Throughout his life Galileo is pitted against an institution that claims the truth as its own commodity and threatens torture and death to those who would offer an opposing vision.


After emigrating to the United States from Hitler’s Germany, Brecht translated and re-worked the first version of his play in collaboration with the actor Charles Laughton. The result of their efforts was the second ‘American version’ of the play, which to this day remains the most widely-staged version in the English-speaking world.


Bertolt Brecht Playwright

Bertolt Brecht

Katherine Owens -director

Katherine Owens

John Arnone

John Arnone
Scenic Designer

Amanda Capshaw Costume Designer

Amanda Capshaw
Costume Designer


Bruce DuBose Galileo

Bruce DuBose

Rhonda Boutté
Mrs. Sarti

Christopher Dontrell Piper

Justin Duncan

David Fenley
Philosopher/Old Cardinal Matti

Lauren Ferebee

Gelacio Eric Gibson
Mathematician/Medici Chamberlain

Edna Gill
Medici Lady/Chorus

Parker Gray
Prince Medici/Little Monk

Christopher Lew

Landon Robinson
Young Andrea/Guiseppe

Jeremy Schwartz
Priuli/Barberini/The Pope

Shane Strawbridge
Sagredo/Cardinal Inquisitor Bellermin

Photo Archive

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