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March 20, 2012
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Theater at Mason


Bertolt Brecht’s “The Life of Galileo”

March 29 through April 7

Harris Theater, George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus


FAIRFAX, Va., March 20, 2012– Theater at Mason is pleased to announce that it will present “The Life of Galileo”by Bertolt Brecht, March 29 through April 7 in Mason’s 475-seat Harris Theater. Equity actor Matthew Vaky will portray the title role, under the direction of Rick Davis, working with a company of student actors and stage managers.

This version, which award-winning playwright David Edgar adapted from a literal translation by Deborah Gearing, includes material from Brecht’s final version of the play, which was written in the 1950s. That version incorporates structural elements from the earlier “American” version, which Brecht wrote in the 1940s in collaboration with actor Charles Laughton. Brecht originally began working on “The Life of Galileo” in 1938 and continued revising the play until his death in 1956. The inspiration behind Brecht’s numerous revisions came from various circumstances in the changing world, such as the atomic bomb, and later, an increasing sense of the failure of orthodox communism, which in its rigid insistence on obedience to a set of fixed ideas, came to resemble, in Brecht’s opinion, the inflexibility of the 17th century Roman Catholic Church when confronted with new scientific facts.

Thedesign team for “The Life of Galileo” comprises Mason theater faculty and graduates of the theater program who now work as professionals in the greater Washington, D.C. region. The production will feature scenic design by Dana Maier, costume design by Ivania Stack, lighting design by Liz Replogle, sound design by Kevin Dunayer and prop design by Suzanne Maloney, who is also the dramaturg. Each designer and the director is assisted by students selected from the Department of Theater.

“This production of ‘The Life of Galileo’ offers a great introduction to the Theater at Mason paradigm, as it features a robust blend of professional and student artists,” Davis said. “One of the great things we're experiencing in the process is the collaboration of the professional design team and their student assistants; and of course, it's terrific to have an experienced and mature pro in the title role, as Matthew Vaky sets a great example for the students in the cast with his rehearsal craft and his outstanding role modeling, to risk a pun.” 

Tickets for Theater at Mason’s production of “The Life of Galileo” are $20 for adults  $15 for students, faculty, staff, seniors and groups. To purchase tickets, please call 888-945-2468 or visit or the Center for the Arts box office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.