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USAO to present “A Life of Galileo” theater production


Picture from the USAO Theatre Department's production of Galileo.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Theatre Arts Department will present Bertolt Brecht’s “A Life of Galileo” in translation by Mark Ravenhill on Feb. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. The performances will take place in the Davis Hall Little Theater.

USAO to present “A Life of Galileo” theater production

 

Two performances scheduled for Feb. 26 and 27

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Theatre Arts Department will present Bertolt Brecht’s “A Life of Galileo” in translation by Mark Ravenhill on Feb. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. The performances will take place in the Davis Hall Little Theater at USAO, 1727 West Alabama, Chickasha.

Performed in the modern theater style of epic theater, the performance will encompass slides, music, video and creative use of the stage while allowing the audience to see costume changes and other technical elements of the show. Exploring the conflict between scientific discovery and public belief, the brilliant Galileo must choose between sharing his knowledge about the universe and protecting his family from the terror of the Inquisition. Since being performed in Hollywood and New York in 1947, “A Life of Galileo” has become a classic in the world repertoire.

“It’s a great story, with a compelling conflict, that will make you think and teach you a little more about what live theatre can be,” said Katie Davis, the production’s director and associate professor of theater arts. “This play champions the need for knowledge to be available and valued by common people. It demonstrates that real understanding of the world, while it can be unsettling, is also freeing. It’s the argument at the core of a liberal arts education, and one that is so timely in light of the public conversations being had about climate change, vaccinations and public education.”

Tyler Woods, artistic director of Oklahoma City’s Reduxion Theatre Company and member of Actor’s Equity Association, is a guest artist at USAO and will appear in the title role of Galileo. 

“It’s an opportunity very few actors get this early in their career to play someone like Galileo,” said Woods. “The enthusiasm for creating some wonderful art is unique and special so anywhere you can find that, it should be celebrated. I hope I can provide a level of professionalism and commitment that these students will be encouraged by.”

“Tyler raises the energy level and the expectations for everyone in the company. He’s a generous and creative force, and we’re so glad to have him with us on the stage. Audiences in Chickasha usually travel to Oklahoma City to see professional actors, so we’re glad to bring Tyler to Davis Hall to entertain our friends,” said Davis.

The play is for adult audiences. The production will run two nights on Feb. 26 and 27 and requires reserved seats to be purchased in advance. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office or by calling (405) 574-1386. For more information about the play, please visit www.usao.edu.

About University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the state's only public liberal arts college with approximately 1,100 students. Its mission is to provide the public with a distinctive and accessible liberal arts and sciences education. In combining an interdisciplinary core curriculum with superior instruction in major fields of study, USAO aims to provide a thorough education that prepares students for meaningful, purposeful lives.