Every day people face the daunting fact that they are wrong. People were wrong about the Earth being flat, the Earth being the only planet with water and Pluto being a planet. Not everyone has fully accepted the latter because no one truly accepts large discoveries immediately — and the same can be said for Galileo’s discovery about the true center of the universe.
PlayMakers Repertory Company is bringing forth the old story of how a man defied church and authority by arguing for science over religion. The play is written by Bertolt Brecht and adapted by Joseph Discher to tell the tale of the astronomer and physicist, Galileo.
“Galileo Galilei: father, hero, heretic,” according to the PlayMakers website. “Brecht’s dramatisation of the battle between belief and reason considers whether proof matters when dogma reigns.”
The play is not only seen as a tribute to the scientist, but a symbol of political discourse that can be seen in modern-day discussion, said Vivienne Benesch, the producing artistic director for PlayMakers and director of "Galileo."
“The retelling of it, I think it’s really important to look at it as a story and not fact,” Benesch said. “Art is interpretation of truth, right? It’s not the truth. It’s an interpretation of it, but I think that interpreting truths and interpreting history is often the best way to understanding a truth.”