The Life Of Galileo

A BERTOLT BRECHT PLAY THE LIFE OF GALILEO __________________________________________________ A Susanne Spirit Translation with Music and Songs By Ms. Susanne Spirit

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The Life Of Galileo
I-i-1 SETTING: AT RISE: ACT I Scene 1 Year 1600, Rome, a town square with a burning Stake. Ms. Spirit’s Music Que #1 is playing by musicians strolling on stage and in the audience, period costumes, playing lutes, an instrument of this time and a favorite of Galileo’s father, Vincenzo Galilei. A preparation for a burning at the stake is seen in this town square in Rome, where Dominican Friar GIORDANO BRUNO will be burned for his thoughts.

[Music Cue #1: Spirit “Nr. 1”] (MUSICIANS play briefly to set stage.)

BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) Nel corso dell'anno sech-zchn centinaia e nove, sembrava daas luce del Sap-sens luminose. A Pa-du-a sus uovo-nem klel-nen House Ga-li-le-o ga-li lei rech-ne-te, rech-nete. La domenica" rappresenta ancora, (ANOTHER SINGER begins.) La domenica" rappresenta ancora, la domenica" rappresenta ancora, la terra', la terra" è-of-theimmaginare! ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Sings – same time with above singers.) La terra viene da pensare che la terra" proviene dagli stand, la terra', la terra', la terra" kommmt - da-the-immaginare. (Music and Musicians continue to play.) A CHILD (Speaking to what appears to be his father.) THE MAN

What Happened?

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The Life Of Galileo
That’s where Giordano Bruno will be burned at the stake – he thought the Earth travels around the sun! Such nonsense. A CHILD Are you sure it doesn’t? I-i-2 (Then a beautiful young woman, MARINO GAMBA of Venice, SIGNORA SARTI in the play) stands and GALILEO enters seeing her smiles at her, she smiles back and they exit the stage as BALLAD SINGERS, enter, singing to the audience the tale of our story.) [Music Cue #2: Spirit “Galileo Galilei”]

BALLAD SINGERS (Sings to Audience.) Galileo Galilei, Galileo Galilei, Galileo Galileo In the late 1500’s Galileo Galilei was born Little did he know he would always be scorned! The bishops, cardinals, monks and senators, Awed at this man, but didn’t know what to do As Galileo opposed not only Aristotle, but bible heroes, too, Galileo, Galilei, Galileo Galilei, Galileo Galilei He figured out, in robust thought The earth is not the center of existence it’s merely a drop Is there no heaven, if the earth is merely a star? Oh Galileo, Galilei, What exists in the darkness afar? Galileo Galilei constantly creating something new From old, for the next generation to be told Thinking it illogical to be afraid of the unknown If man believes in God, he should believe in everything he holds In scorn, after all, Man must accept his own death one day, he shall Which will force him to change his ways Galileo Galilei, Galileo Galilei, Galileo Galileo He says the thoughts of man is his flesh and blood, with reason as Changing old to new makes thinking and brings Man’s personal season To think means I am alive, to stop, means you have died But one thing Galileo Galilei knows, that even when man’s mortality goes

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Galileo Galilei. sets out to demonstrate the new Copernican system. Galileo Galilei. as history knows. The sun is still. to begin our play. Leaving the goodness of Man’s most brilliant mind (Softly. The earth. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. On. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. In the year sixteen hundred and nine. Galileo Galilei. The earth. teacher of mathematics in Padua. .) So. Move Galileo Galilei. The. Is. Corona. science’s light began to shine At Padua City in a Modest house. The earth. Yes. (BLACKOUT) (END OF SCENE) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. . . The South Forty Estate.The Life Of Galileo Writings and ideas left behind still shine. The sun is still And. The sun is still. Galileo Galileo (Secretly) Galileo Galilei. here is how the story goes . Galileo Galilei I-i-3 Set out to prove.com . .

Describe a circle! ANDREA All right!! But if we don’t pay. puffing and happy) Put the milk on the table but don’t shut any of the books.) In the year sixteen-hundred-and-nine. The South Forty Estate. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Signora Sarti’s son. At Padua City. brings in a glass of milk and a roll to SIGNOR GALILEI.The Life Of Galileo SETTING: TIME: RISE: ACT I Scene 2 Galileo’s Modest Study in Padua. Signor Galilei.com . Morning I-ii-4 A boy. GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. GALILEO (Washing his upper torso. set out to prove the sun is still and the earth is on the move. Otherwise he’ll make a circle around our house. Andrea. ANDREA Mother says we have to pay the milkman. a teacher of mathematics at Padua. ANDREA. BALLAD SINGERS (Speak. in a modest house. Corona. science’s light began to shine. Signor Galileo. he’ll describe a circle around our house. Italy. GALILEO Describe a circle. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Galileo Galilei.

First things first! Description. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.com . a contraption that shows how the stars move around the earth in the opinion of and according to the ancients. choosing what sort of distance between two points? The shortest! ANDREA (Grinning!) GALILEO Good. Look behind those star charts. GALILEO ANDREA There are rings around it. That is the earth. ANDREA Right there in the middle there is a little stone. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. one inside another. I’ve got something for you. The South Forty Estate. How many? GALILEO ANDREA All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Signor Cambione.) What is it? ANDREA GALILEO An armillary sphere. one on top of the other. How? ANDREA GALILEO Let’s examine it. I-ii-5 (ANDREA fishes out from behind the star charts a large wooden model of the Ptolemaic System. will come at us in a straight line.The Life Of Galileo While the bailiff. Corona. GALILEO watches him.

Make it move! ANDREA (Sets the rings in motion!) That’s pretty! That’s beautiful! But we are so shut in. that contraption. it says! It is written right there. The South Forty Estate. attached to them. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.The Life Of Galileo Eight! Those are the crystal spheres. And the one above it is the sun. for him to dry his back.com .) Movement within Walls. GALILEO ANDREA There are balls fastened to the rings. for the first time. ANDREA Then there are tags with words painted on the bands. too. GALILEO Now spin the sun around. Some people feel those things. GALILEO (Drying him self!) That’s what I felt. when I laid eyes on that thing. (Throws the towel to Andrea. GALILEO What kind of words? I-ii-6 ANDREA Names of stars! GALILEO Such as . rings and immobility! [Music Cue #3: Spirit “We’re Moving In Full Sail”] All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. ANDREA The bottommost ball is the moon. Corona. . . Some people feel that way. GALILEO The stars. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.

roar Now all of a sudden. with the winds of a gusty gale. we believed The sun. yes indeed They sat still. yes. they abandoned the shores And. oh yes.) (Chorus) But now we’re moving. all believed. Now we’re moving. very once. all at very. We’re in full sail. Captains. (Chorus) But now we’re moving. a new one has dawned. princes and scholars. to discover. holding on as to not to sink Then all at once. and we’re moving in full sail. The South Forty Estate. and we’re moving in full sail. We’re living in a new one. To discover. children and mongers All believed. all believed.The Life Of Galileo GALILEO / BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. cardinals. indeed with great speed The pope. We’re in full sail. Now we’re moving. We’re in full sail. a new one has dawned. Corona. merchants. inside this crystal sphere. Set out across all the vast oceans. with the winds of a gusty gale. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. The old age is gone. We’re living in a new one. the causes of all the things that in our mind hover BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. BALLAD SINGERS (Spoken as GALILEO continues singing. I like to think. to think For a long time ships hugged the shores.) It all began with ships. the stars circled round us. in full. full. The old age is gone.) For thousand of years we believed. indeed. all of a great sudden. to think. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) To be alive is such a great and wondrous pleasure. immobile. we have an earnest desire. The old age is past. GALILEO (Continues to Sing. We’re in full sail.com I-ii-7 . The old age is past. oh yes. fishwives.

The Life Of Galileo GALILEO / BALLAD SINGERS (GALILEO and the BALLAD SINGERS alternate singing lines. does it rise when you throw it in the sky? Everyday. a new one has dawned. they’re moving. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. many other things and things and things for many new generations. A rumor has sprung up on our continent that there are even new continents. discard an age-old method of moving granite blocks in favor of a new and more practical arrangement of the ropes. why? And. and we’re moving in full sail. Now we’ve mustered the courage to let them float free. does a stone fall when you let loose of it. It has always been taught that the stars are pinned to a crystal vault. Then and there I realized that the old times are over and this every day is a new day. to be got GALILEO / BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. why. everyday. everything is in motion. Our ships have been going there. Men a hundred years old let youngsters shout in their ears to tell them about the latest discoveries of every brand new day.) (Chorus) But now we’re moving. Now we’re moving. everywhere. We’re living in a new one. this heavenly body All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. they will not remain thus and so. But now we say. with the winds of a gusty gale. Corona. The South Forty Estate. We’re in full sail. they’re in full sail. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. we discover something new Beyond even our wildest imaginations or dreams. We’re in full sail. so many things still to be sought So many. which prevents them from falling down. Some men will know all about their habitat. And a great desire has arisen to find the causes of all things. There are so many exciting works ahead for our future generations.com . [Music Cue #4: Spirit “Nr. everywhere.) Cities are narrow and so are our minds both filled with superstition and plaque. The old age is past.) Why. just like our ships. why. with nothing to hold them. why. why. The old age is gone. after arguing for five minutes. “since things are thus and so. we do And things seem endless. I-ii-8 GALILEO (Speaking. because my friend. People on all the laughing continents are saying that the big dreaded ocean is nothing but a small lake. 2 A”] When I was a young man in Siena I saw some masons.

none of whom before Will fight their way into schools. is being born. and no longer be idiotic fools. all as one So as not to come tumbling down on our heads Well. They’re no longer satisfied. they do I predict within our lifetime all market places GALILEO (Cont. they say. And that idea has given rise to joyous laughter. just the same as ours. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. No more. We are in a new beginning. to a crystal sphere. that’s what the books tell us.) Will hum with the talk of new astronomy gazes And. [Music Cue #5: Spirit “A New Beginning”] GALILEO (Sings. straight. and in shipyards and the workshops of ropers and sail makers new methods enable five hundred hands to work together.) Being put in the docket are most sacred truths What was never questioned has ripened to full fruits We now know the heavens are empty The earth laughs and laughs.) ANDREA They say. Things that were never held in doubt are being doubted now. sing. ANDREA AND BALLAD SINGERS (Chorus) O Happy Morning. now we must allow these beautiful pieces. The waters of the earth supply power to the new spinning wheels. The most sacred truths are being looked into. nor willing with what it says in the ancient books. The South Forty Estate. legs. instead. sing. straight on ahead I-ii-9 (Chorus – MUSIC ONLY – Nice to have special effects on stage during this time. revealing stout or spindly legs. they do. Corona. but we want to see for ourselves. from new and distant shores. doubt has now set in. even fishwives’ sons.com . the earth has rolled round the sun With stars and stars attached. whirling. No more. they do. with that news. sing The Millennium of faith. whirling. All this new thinking has stirred up a breeze that lifts even the gold-braided coats of princes and prelates. Whirling. No more GALILEO. PRONOUNCED DEAD The Millennium of doubt.The Life Of Galileo they live on. Today everybody is saying: Yes. to float freely All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Where faith has ruled for a thousand years. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. of A New Beginning O Breathe of Wind. The heavens we now know are empty.

is being born. . our planets revolve far out in space. you and I better drink our milk. sing The Millennium of faith. instead. from new and distant shores. it has any number of centers. . sing. PRONOUNCED DEAD The Millennium of doubt.The Life Of Galileo With nothing to hold them in space. sing. allow the sun to shine so bright. Why? Because. Now our ships can sail far into the sea. Overnight. happy morning. whirling. new. whirling. Corona. Whirling. oh yes. ANDREA AND BALLAD SINGERS (Chorus) O Happy Morning. new. sing! I-ii-10 BALLAD SINGERS AND ANDREA (Cont.” (Speaks. new beginning! Oh breathe .) The Millennium of faith. sing. . Whirling. there is plenty of room for everyone! Our ships sail far out into the ocean.) (Chorus) O Happy Morning.) Yes. is being born. I see this so clearly The universe lost its center. . of A New Beginning O Breathe of Wind. and our stars far into space Even in chess the castles will roam all over the board abundant with no haste GALILEO. from newfound shores. the earth rolls merrily around the sun. straight on ahead ANDREA (Sings. sing. so bright. straight. . and chess rooks range over many fields.) Galileo. of A New Beginning O Breathe of Wind. Gleefully. whirling. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. and even the Pope rolls with it. straight. straight on ahead (Chorus – MUSIC ONLY) GALILEO (Speaking to continue telling the thoughts in his head. Any point in the universe may be taken as the center. PRONOUNCED DEAD The Millennium of doubt. from new and distant shores. instead. GALILEO Did you figure out what I told you yesterday? ANDREA All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. The South Forty Estate. the universe lost its center and now in this morning. of a new. . What does the poet say? BALLAD SINGERS AND ANDREA (Sing. People will be coming soon. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. of wind that comes . its center.com . whirling.) “Oh. overnight But new centers are found as wondrous sights.

) Now. The South Forty Estate. that’s the sun.) Where is the sun. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. It just can’t!!!! GALILEO You “see!” What do you see? You see nothing at all. how does it get to the right? ANDREA When you carry it over to the right. GALILEO stands behind him. You’re just gaping. Corona. It just can’t! I can see that the sun is in a different place in the evening than in the morning. you especially! To make everybody understand that’s why I work and buy expensive books instead of paying the milkman. I’ll only be eleven in October. ANDREA But I can see that the sun is in a different place in the evening than in the morning.The Life Of Galileo What? You mean about Kippernicus and all that turning business? GALILEO Yes! ANDREA No. naturally. ANDRE I-ii-11 GALILEO And. Why do you want me to figure it out? It’s too hard for me. Gaping isn’t seeing. Sit down! (ANDREA sits down in the only chair. It is just gawking! (GALILEO places the iron washstand in the center of the room. That means it can’t stand still. So that people will understand. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.com . GALILEO Only then? Are you sure about that? (GALILEO picks up the chair with ANDREA in it and turns it halfway around.) Where’s the sun now? ANDREA On the right. So it can’t stand still. GALILEO Because I want you to understand it. right or left? Left. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.

com I- . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. He wants to take lessons. What did move? Me! (Roaring) Wrong! Stupid! The Chair!!!! But ME with it! GALILEO ANDREA GALILEO ANDREA GALILEO ANDREA GALILEO Obviously. She has been watching the scene.) SIGNORA SARTI What on earth are you doing with my boy. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Corona. ii-12 SIGNORA SARTI By lugging and carrying him around the room. Andrea. A young gentleman has come here. mother. You don’t understand! SIGNORA SARTI Oh. Signora Sarti. but you do? Is that so? But of course. The chair is the earth.The Life Of Galileo Has it moved? I don’t think so. (SIGNORA SARTI has come in to make the bed. (SIGNORA SARTI hands over the letter to GALILEO) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. You’re sitting on it. Very well dressed and he has a letter of recommendation. The South Forty Estate. ANDREA Please never mind. Signor Galilei? GALILEO I am teaching him how to see. you understand.

The South Forty Estate. it is not true!! You only turned the chair with me in it around sideways. and it’s a joy to be alive.com . Signor Galileo? You tell her!!! SIGNORA SARTI Do you really tell him such nonsense? He blabs it out in school and the priests come running to me because of all the sinful. Corona. Signora Sarti. Mr. you did seem to have understood something yesterday after all!!! ANDREA I only told her to get a rise out of her. (SIGNORA SARTI leaves the room.) On the basis of our investigations and after many heated arguments and disputes. and that’s a fact! Why didn’t you turn the chair over? Because that would prove I’d fall off the earth if it moved that way. There! But I proved it to you!!! GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Galilei. too. didn’t he. Mr. GALILEO (Eating his breakfast. he’ll be saying that two times two makes five. just give me time to finish my milk! (To ANDREA) Well. but not like this! I-ii-13 (ANDREA moves his arm in a circle to the front. I’m thinking of the milk bill. a great age.The Life Of Galileo When you get through with my Andrea. Last night he tried to prove to me that the earth moves around the sun. A new age has dawned.) GALILEO (Laughing. You’ve got him all mixed up with him mixing up everything you tell him. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. (Pointing at the letter. a vertically circular movement. He is fully convinced that some fellow by the name of Kippernicus has figured it out.) Just do me one favor and don’t turn this one away.) Yes. SIGNORA SARTI I see! I hope we’ll be able to pay the milkman in this new age. Andrea and I have made discoveries that we can no longer keep secret from the world.) Because I’d have fallen off the chair. ANDREA Kippernicus did figure it out. unholy stuff he says. You should be ashamed of yourself. Galilei. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. But.

and here you are. The South Forty Estate. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. it was a bad example. ANDREA Don’t always use examples like that kind. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Corona.) All right! Look here. into the apple. And what would happen if the apple were the earth? Nothing would happen. here’s the earth. a log. and that’s a fact!!! GALILEO (GALILEO takes an apple from the table. (He sticks a splinter from a piece of kindling.) I thought you weren’t interested. You can prove anything that way. What would keep me from hanging head down at night? GALILEO Well.) Very well! ANDREA You can do anything with examples if you’re clever.) I-ii-14 All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. So you see. Below. GALILEO ANDREA All right. GALILEO What do you mean? How do you figure? Look closely! Where’s the head? There. GALILEO (Putting the apple back.The Life Of Galileo ANDREA But last night I figured out that if the earth turned that way I’d hang down head first at night.) And now the earth turns. This is the earth. ANDREA (Pointing at the apple. you’re standing here on it. now I am hanging head down. But I can’t carry my mother around in a chair the way you can me.com . (Laughing. ANDREA And. Signor Galilei. take the apple.

Andrea? (Turns the apple back. Now look up. ANDREA But why does it look like the sun moves? GALILEO (GALILEO once again turns the apple with the splinter. wealthy young man.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. making the same turn. ANDREA (ANDREA turns him self along with it. in other words. But now that I have turned it. enters. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. why don’t I notice and feel the earth turning? GALILEO Because you’re turning too! You turn with it. You and the air above you and everything else on the globe are turning.) GALILEO ANDREA GALILEO I-ii-15 ANDREA That’s great! That’ll get a rise out of her! (LUDOVICO MARSILI. Aha!!! . where’s the lamp? Down below. a rich.com And.) Isn’t the head still in the same place or not? Aren’t your feet still below it on the ground? When I turn it. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Then. what’s over your head. over your head.) ANDREA No. Corona. it’s always underneath and as far as you’re concerned it doesn’t ever move. do you suddenly stand like this? (GALILEO takes the splinter out and turns it upside down.) All right now! What do you see under you? Look. it stays that way. above you now? The stove. you see the earth underneath you.The Life Of Galileo GALILEO Sure? Down where. The lamp is there. The South Forty Estate.

GALILEO Your family owns property in the Campagna? LUDOVICO My mother wanted me to look around a bit to see what’s going on around the world. .The Life Of Galileo GALILEO This place is as busy as a pigeon house or like a chicken coop! LUDOVICO Good morning sir! My name is Ludovico Marsili. The South Forty Estate. “I was going on?” LUDOVICO And since mother also wanted me to take a look at the sciences . Corona. To experience that sort of thing and so on.) You have been in Holland? LUDOVICO Where I heard a great deal about you. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Signor! What are your interests? Horses. for instance. I see! LUDOVICO I-ii-16 GALILEO LUDOVICO GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.com . . Signor Galilei. Aha. Very well. GALILEO Fine private lessons will cost you Ten Scudi a month. GALILEO And in Holland they told you that in Italy. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. GALILEO (Examining his letter of recommendation.

The Life Of Galileo LUDOVICO I have no head for science. Signor Galilei. odd. The South Forty Estate. one like this . Corona. ANDREA All right.) LUDOVICO You’ll have to be patient with me. You’ll just have to be the loser. But a little bit of science is ab-so-lute-te-ly necessary these days It is better than a dead language. or the-o-lo-gy. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. for you.) As far as I know. I’m going. It’s unpredictable. I’ve examined it carefully. Can I take the apple? Yes. [Music Cue #6: Spirit “That’s Science For You”] GALILEO (Sings. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Andrea. I would certainly say. And. Take that crazy tube they’re selling in Amsterdam. Naturally. . A green leather casing and two lenses. is. LUDOVICO GALILEO I’ll have to take you first thing in the morning. . GALILEO (ANDREA leaves. You understand? You don’t pay.) and one like this . in that case. mostly because in science everything’s the opposite of common sense. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. science. one magnifies and the other reduces. that. And.) (Chorus) Yes. That’s science for you. I’ll have to drop you. . (He indicates a convex lens.com I-ii-17 . Signor Galilei GALILEO Aha! Well. Very well. Andrea. it will be fifteen scudi a month. (He indicates a concave lens. and is delightful for play. .

But a little bit of science is ab-so-lute-te-ly necessary these days It is better than a dead language. Corona.com . That’s science for you. BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. Instead you see. oh yes indeed Wrong. or the-o-lo-gy. in science things are different from anything common sense explains Like that crazy tube selling in Amsterdam. have examined it closely. . is nor more than a few days old From when I left Holland. GALILEO. its green leather casing and two magic lenses It goes against all senses One like a-this. science. it’s true. odd. while they dine. Mother says. or the-o-lo-gy. and one like a-that. I would certainly say. It’s true. It’s unpredictable. I was secretly.The Life Of Galileo LUDOVICO (Sings. And. soft and low. odd.) I understand one magnifying lens enlarges And one convex lens diminishes what you see. you want to know? Let me tell you. secretly told. . Ludovico. It’s unpredictable. that. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. before I go The creation. GALILEO (Sings. loving all. even making buildings appear three miles high.) Mother believes everyone takes science with wine At least once a day. that. LUDOVICO. It’s hard to imagine. Oh. with the tube. its two lenses. you say how old is this invention. And. its appeal Ah. I would certainly say. Galileo. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. everything five times as large with your eyes Pigeons. there is nothing anywhere the same I.) (Chorus) ) Yes. GALILEO AND LUDOVICO (Sings. . . worth gold. . The South Forty Estate. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. That’s science for you.) (Chorus) ) Yes. for you. is. for you.) I have not told mother. it is so true! I guess that is why they say . this invention. any reasonable person would think They’d cancel each other out. and is delightful for play. LUDOVICO (Sings. science. is. anything far away or in the sky. and brings all objects closer to the observer. and is delightful for play. But a little bit of science is ab-so-lute-te-ly necessary these days It is better than a dead language. . and I bet. but I have seen church towers and their power Grander than real. what is all a this and a that.

The South Forty Estate. GALILEO has completed dressing while scribbling figures on a slip of paper. GALILEO Bring him in. yes science. would you send Andrea to the spectacle maker for two lenses? Here are the measurements. GALILEO Very well.com . because you saw me in the nick of time! The procurator of the university is here. Corona. I’ll see you on Tuesday morning.) Don’t look at me like that. (SIGNORA SARTI shows the procurator in. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. And. that is science for you.) GALILEO Good morning. Then I wouldn’t have to take on any pupils. that my young man is science.) (Begins wildly dancing while continuing to sing. that is science for you. lend me a half of scudo. (GALILEO and LUDOVICO catch sight of SIGNORA SARTI.) And that is science for you. GALILEO speaks to SIGNORA SARTI. LUDOVICO (Joins in singing as he ponders and watches GALILEO) And. (LUDOVICO leaves. I took him. It might mean five hundred scudi. I-ii-18 GALILEO And. didn’t I? I’ve accepted him. (Speaking.) LUDOVICO Mother says a little science won’t hurt me. that is science for you. (GALILEO gives the coin THE PROCURATOR has fished out of his purse to SIGNORA SARTI. Perhaps you should take up horse breeding? It’s easier.The Life Of Galileo GALILEO (Cont. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. He’s important.) Sarti.) And. for you. SIGNORA SARTI Only.

1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. and I have too many students I teach. Not that the Republic of Venice doesn’t value it highly. I have no time for them. THE PROCURATOR But. I need proofs. that courses in mathematics don’t attract students to the university.) My dear man. stupid students A BALLAD SINGER (Spoken) I ask myself. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. I cannot recommend such an increase to the university. I can’t get along on five hundred scudi. still. Haven’t you got private Pupils? (Sings. SIGNORA SARTI leaves. Unfortunately. it gives endless pleasure to the connoisseur.) Do I have students? GALILEO [Music Cue #7: Spirit “I Teach. Corona. I teach. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Signor Galilei. GALILEO (Immersed in his papers. The South Forty Estate. You are aware.The Life Of Galileo (GALILEO hands SIGNORA SARTI the slip of paper. when am I to learn the books of research.) I-ii-19 THE PROCURATOR I’ve come in regard to your application request for a raise of salary. too many. my life is nothing but stupid students How am I to teach if all I have are hypothesis? I need proofs. I need proofs to teach. and I teach. It may not be as important as philosophy or as useful as theology. Especially for these many.) (Chorus) I teach. Surely your extraordinary reputation must attract any number of students who can afford private lessons. I Teach”] GALILEO/ BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. all you do is give two-hour lectures twice a week. Mathematics doesn’t pay.com . You have asked for a thousand scudi. I am sure.

) How am I to teach if all I have are hypothesis? I need proofs. and I have too many students I teach. too many.The Life Of Galileo Everyday the pen strews me. I need proofs.) In fact. so I am not completely broke and poor. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken) God knows.) (Chorus) I teach. stupid students! A BALLAD SINGER (Spoken) How am I to make progress when to keep my household a float? ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken) I must drum into the head of every dunce who pays. while I teach my students again and again. my life is nothing but stupid students GALILEO (Sings. GALILEO/BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. understanding nothing anymore Cause I’m too busy teaching. I’ve become as stupid as many of my students. I teach.) Especially for these many. (Slowly Expressed. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. earning just little money. I need proofs to teach. while I gleam and gloat. Corona. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken) That parallel lines meet in infinity and too many laws explain so little indefinitely. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken) Whereas our new ideas have few rules that explain a lot.com . I am not as all knowing as philosophical faculty gentlemen. and I teach. GALILEO (Spoken) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. The South Forty Estate. I-ii-20 GALILEO (Sings.

what a lot. As far away as Holland. Signor Galilei that he had made sacrilegious statements? No.) I teach. my. I need proofs. too many. I can’t prove it. stupid students! (Thoughtfully) You offer me protection from freedom of thought. don’t forget that while the Republic of Venice doesn’t pay as much as certain princes.) Well. Oh. GALILEO/BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. And we award them doctor’s degrees. no matter what stands as the real truth. We here in Padua even allow Protestants to attend lectures. THE PROCURATOR (Speaks as though he never heard a word of the song’s words. to these rambling idiots GALILEO/BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. my unquenchable dying thirst? But should I find my proofs while teaching these goofs. Corona. stupid students. from the fires allows you to reimburse. and I have too many students I teach. my life is nothing but stupid students GALILEO (Sings Slowly) How am I to teach if all I have are hypothesis? I need proofs. I teach. and I teach. Did we hand over Signor Cremonini to the Inquisition even when we had proof. a ridicule of my worth. my. you will not allow me to use the examples. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. we voted him a higher salary. The South Forty Estate. my. GALILEO (Spoken with muse) What good is freedom of inquiry with no free time to explore my quest for knowledge. That protection. at little cost. proof. my mind hurts. Yourself by paying the worst salaries while you fill up your own purse.The Life Of Galileo But. is quite a profitable business you sought By pointing out that in other cities the inquisition rules and burns You get good teachers. my. you offer. my. my. it really does provide freedom of inquiry. for no money they earn. and I teach and I teach. my. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Venice is known as the Republic over which the Inquisition has no jurisdiction. Especially for these many.) (Chorus) I teach. I can’t prove it. my. my. I teach. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. I need proofs to teach. my.com I-ii-21 . Protection.

You can just leave him out of it. . Free trade. Signor. GALILEO You handed Giordano Bruno over to Rome for spreading the teachings of the Copernicus. You can ask only as much as it earns the purchaser. The South Forty Estate. GALILEO I understand. . Colombe is selling in Florence brings the prince at least ten thousand scudi a year. great. Anyway. even if they did burn him at the stake. GALILEO Not infinitely more. . what good I-ii-22 THE PROCURATOR (Cont. the philosophy Mr. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. GALILEO I have freedom with no free time. Granted. are wrong. if every ignorant monk of the Inquisition could simply suppress your idea. And. Signor Galilei. . which by the way. You are applauded in Paris and Prague. Permit me to observe that I don’t fully appreciate your witticism. Your misfortune is your field. Why don’t you submit my work on the “Laws of Falling Bodies” to the worthy gentlemen of the Signoria . Signor Galilei. just five hundred scudi more. but because he was not a Citizen of Venice and held no appointment at the University.The Life Of Galileo That ought to be worth something to you as an astronomer. eh? THE PROCURATOR How can you say such a thing? Don’t scorn trade. But the gentlemen who applaud you don’t pay the University of Padua what you cost it. THE PROCURATOR Scudi are worth what scudi will buy. your laws of falling bodies raised some dust. Free trading in research.) would all the time you want for research do you. and ask them if it’s not worth a few scudi more! THE PROCURATOR It’s worth infinitely more. THE PROCURATOR Not for spreading the teachings of Copernicus. You’ll have to come up with something different. (Pointing at a bundle of manuscripts) . your discipline has not shown too great respect for the teachings of the Church of late.com . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. free research. Corona. The flourishing trade of the Republic is All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. As you are aware. Signor Galilei. For instance.

that this is the ideal place for your work. .) Think of the world around us . Our most eminent citizens – men whom time is money – take an interest in your work. Where no one cares how the pebble falls. who know the importance of better linen in their competition with Florence. Corona. protract lines. Don’t despise trade. Nobody oppresses or spies on you. You must admit. GALILEO (In despair. Our merchants. . Here you can do research. frivolous tone in which you speak of research. The South Forty Estate. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. as long-time procurator of the University.with the whip of slavery under which science is groaning at certain universities – where old leather-bound tomes have been cut into whips. What use are the new laws of gravity when the law of suavity is all that matters? And then think of the immense joy with which our Republic accepts your ideas. (Counting on his fingers.com . (GALILEO sends longing glances toward his worktable. or allow outsiders to create difficulties for you. . Much less can I. You have set a bee loose in my bonnet. to . here you can work. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. listen with interest to your cry for “Better Physics. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. reproduce ground plans in large or reduced scales and determine the weight of cannon balls. FlimFlam!! That is a toy! GALILEO THE PROCURATOR A Toy? That invention delighted and amazed our leading citizens and brought in money – you call that flimflam.) demonstrations of your discoveries.) Yes. The eyes have only one purpose: reading. countenance the. calculate compound interest on capital. and a toy? Why even General Stefano Gritti is able to figure out square roots with it. they come to see you and watch I-ii-23 THE PROCURATOR (Cont.) . I just might have something for you along those lines. miracolo – Priulli. . you have given me an idea. Signor.The Life Of Galileo hardly to be sneered at. None of us here will tolerate interference with your research. GALILEO Ah. but only what Aristotle writes about it. why not come up with something as ingenious and clever as your famous splendid proportional compass that enables one with no mathematical knowledge. I must say. ignorant of mathematics.” And don’t forget how much physics owes to the campaign for better looms. THE PROCURATOR As far as the financial aspect is concerned.

I know.) Yes.) THE PROCURATOR Really! Have you? Yes. worth money. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. heavens. I am Now you have made me dissatisfied with you. Corona. I am a dissatisfied man. I know of your troubled thoughts. I am a dissatisfied man. but dissatisfied man You inventions enchant and astound men Allowing them to figure and see with no thought of their own at hand GALILEO (Sings. Because my mind whirls and whirls and won’t stop. [Music Cue #8: Spirit “A Great Dissatisfied Man”] THE PROCURATOR (Sings. I want. I want. I don’t understand! GALILEO I-ii-24 (Sings.The Life Of Galileo (GALILEO picks up a slip of paper with his sketches and hands it to the PROCURATOR. a great.) You are a great man.com . questions and I want your help too I have made great discoveries. but dissatisfied man If I may take the liberty and say so. of which you know is true Realizations. I will tell you what I can I am dissatisfied with myself. THE PROCURATOR (Sings. this appears to be your solution. you old fart I want answers. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. what oh what should I do. too Oh. a great.) Yes. unveilings of things unknown yet by man That can no longer keep secret from our land THE PROCURATOR All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. The South Forty Estate. I will tell you what I can Those toys I created with joy from my heart. (Rises!) Signor Galilei.) You are a great man. You helped me become who I am you should be paying me great from my dissatisfaction As I look at every distraction.

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(Sings.) You are a great man, a great but dissatisfied man Your profession is the problem, mathematics calculates no pay, it makes you think, and it creates all your crazy thoughts I say. GALILEO (Sings.) Yes, I’m a dissatisfied man, I will tell you what I can In this age especially for a great man To be alive and not thinking is a pleasure I couldn’t and will not stand I am 46 years old and have done nothing to satisfy my own inquiries of who I am A Protractor here! And a compass there! Have you no concern for the madness that exists at present? THE PROCURATOR (Spoken.) You are a great man, a great but truly dissatisfied man. You should continue your I-ii-25 THE PROCURATOR (Cont.) acceptable discoveries you do so well, and with those approved I imagine, you can live quite comfortably. Be satisfied, my friend. Be satisfied, my friend. I shall not disturb you any longer. Thank you! GALILEO

(THE PROCURATOR goes out. GALILEO remains alone for a moment and begins to work. Then ANDREA comes rushing in. GALILEO continues working.) Why haven’t you eaten the apple? ANDREA I need it to show her that the earth turns. GALILEO I must tell you something, Andrea. Don’t talk about our ideas to anyone. ANDREA Why not? GALILEO Our rulers, the authorities, have forbidden it! ANDREA
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But it is the truth. GALILEO Even so they forbid it, all the same. But that’s not all. There is another reason. We still have no proof of what we know to be right. Even the doctrine of the great Copernicus is not yet proven. It’s only a hypothesis. Give me the lenses. ANDREA The half-scudo wasn’t enough. I had to leave my jacket, as a pledge. GALILEO How will you get through the winter without a jacket? (A Pause. GALILEO arranges the lenses on the sheet with the sketch.) ANDREA

What is a hypothesis?

I-ii-26 GALILEO It’s when we consider something probable but have no facts. We assume that Felice a new young mother while nursing her baby down there outside of the basket weaver’s shop, is giving milk to the baby and not getting milk from it. That’s a hypothesis as long as we can’t go and see for ourselves and prove it. In the face of the heavenly bodies we’re like worms with dim eyes that see very little. The ancient doctrines that have been accepted for a thousand years are rickety. There’s less soled timber in those immense edifices than in the props needed to keep them from collapsing. Too many laws that explain too little, whereas our new hypothesis has few laws that explain a great deal. But you’ve proved it all to me. ANDREA

GALILEO Only that’s it’s possible. You see, the hypothesis is a very elegant one and there is no evidence to the contrary. ANDREA I want to be a physicist too, like you, Signor Galilei. GALILEO That is very sensible in view of all the problems remaining to be solved in our field.
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(GALILEO has gone to the window and looked through the lenses. He appears mildly interested.) Take a look, Andrea. [Music Cue #9: Spirit “We’re Moving In Full Sail” [Instrumental Chorus] ANDREA Holy Mary, Mother of God, Everything comes close. Everything is so clear. The bells of the campanile are right here. I can even read the copper letters. Gratia Dia! Gratia Dia! GALILEO This one will get us five hundred scudi! (CURTAIN) (END OF ACT)

SETTING: AT RISE:

II-i-27 ACT II Scene 1 The great Arsenal of Venice near the Harbor. GALILEO presents a new invention to the republic of Venice. SENATORS are gathered with the DOGE at the Head. To his one side are Galileo’s friend SAGREDO and VIRGINIA GALILEI, Galileo’s daughter who is fifteen years old. She carries a velvet cushion on which lies a telescope about two feet in length and covered in a rich crimson leather. On a dais is GALILEO; behind him the tripod stands for the telescope with the lensgrinder FEDERZONI who stands in charge of it.

[Music Cue #10: Spirit “Nr. 2 B”]

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la verità metropolitana bers Te-le-skop. AUDIENCE applauses. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) What a waste of time! SAGREDO (Softly. It is with great pleasure and in all humility that today I demonstrate and deliver to you an entirely new instrument.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.the famous Great Arsenal in accordance with the highest scientific and Christian principles. (Polite applause. of human accomplishments. regarding the truth about his telescope. No one’s virtue is complete and great Galileo likes to eat. you will not resent. GALILEO bows. So hear and be not angry. my old friend. (GALILEO makes another bow!) THE PROCURATOR (Steps up onto the dais. old man. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Sings. I have always regarded it as my duty incumbent upon me not only to fulfill my responsibility as a teacher. they’ll make lots of money on it.) II-i-28 GALILEO (Softly to Sagredo. The South Forty Estate.) Your Excellency. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. is being written with much embellishment in Venetian characters.The Life Of Galileo BALLAD SINGERS (Sing Verse.) Non è affatto al-les-su ciò che un grande uomo lut! DODI Ga-li-le-o britanniche come buona.com . my spyglass or telescope. e non sono grimm dar-eh. manufactured in your world . GALILEO Your Excellency Noble August Signoria! As a professor of mathematics at your University of Padua and director of your Great Arsenal here in Venice. Corona. the fruit of seventeen years’ patient research by your obedient servant.) You’ll be able to pay the butcher. Noble August Signoria! Once again a glorious page in the great book of arts. (GALILEO leaves the dais and stands beside SAGREDO.) Beautiful is not everything that a great man does. we hope. GALILEO Yes. Ora rock. but also to provide the Republic of Venice with special advantages by means of practical and useful inventions.

now. Your Excellency.) I can’t promise.) And. this evidence of his genius. They think they’re getting a profitable gadget. in voices.) (Verse) Beautiful is not everything. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. [Music Cue #11: Spirit “Nr. Except for what we sing. Last night I turned the tube on the moon. that a Great Man does. in full cognizance of recognizing his strength. ) GALILEO (Softly. The DOGE and the SENATORS ascend the dais and look through the telescope. (Stronger applause. Noble August Signoria. engage or withdraw? (Very loud applause. that A Great Man does.com . Signor Galileo begging bids you accept this instrument of this invention. like God’s doves (Repeat Verse with Harmonies) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. this testimony of his intuition. 2 B”] [Instrumental of score plays] VIRGINIA steps forward. and. bows. decide whether to pursue.) Has it occurred to you that in the event of war the instrument will enable us to distinguish the nature and number of the enemy’s ships at least two hours before they have a clear view of ours. but it is so much more than that. What!? S SAGREDO II-i-29 GALILEO SAGREDO [Music Cue #12: Spirit “No One’s Virtue Is Complete”] BALLAD SINGER/ (ALL Sing. hands the telescope to the PROCURATOR who passes it on to FEDERZONI who places it on the tripod stand and adjusts it. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. The South Forty Estate.The Life Of Galileo A scholar of world renown is presenting to you and to you alone. from the hands of this charming daughter. Corona. a toy. a highly salable cylinder tube for you to manufacture and market at your pleasure in anyway you see fit. because I don’t know if I can go through with this farce. What did you see? It has not light of its own.

. uh . to eat You will not resent. Ptolemy. . oh how we hope. . we hope. one by one. ah . .oh .com . we hope. he loves. his words are dangerous to what is in control. shhhhhh. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Will they his words. Oh. . . . shhhhhh. So hear. he does. Regarding the truth about his telescope. how. he does. So hear.! (ALL Sing. . The innermost ball was the earth made up of hard. e . Need . we hope. Corona. . . his words (Silence. (A BALLAD SINGER Sings. . how. oh… Galilei. la . we know . . . shhhhhh. . e… how. . . Galileo. . . oh . shhhhhh. Galilei.) (Verse) For from his findings we know. it is so! But his words. . . it is so. . oh how. he loves. . so it was thought. . we know. oh… Galilei. to eat So hear.Galilei. we hope. la . the telescope. Then song begins.) We need to know. oh how. . shhhhhh.) (Verse) Now you will hear his beliefs so wise that are spreading though out the countryside and universe.) You will not resent. We . . .) [Music Cue #13: Spirit “Heavenly Harmony”] A BALLAD SINGER (Speaks.) let him speak? Will they let him speak? Will they let him speak? (Silence. it is so.. . e . So hear. Galileo. . oh how we hope. To . repeats the line then ALL Repeat verse with Harmonies) (Chorus) No One’s . So hear. Even our great Galileo. . The other spheres. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. The Arsenal becomes the stage of a beautiful dance number as words are spoken.) In the 2nd A. . Know . the ancient astronomer. and it is so. the telescope. . was a group of concentric spheres. . he does. e… oh. . earthy substance. how? How can one man’s thoughts be so far from what is known as right? (EACH SINGER. .uh . . yes. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Even our great Galileo. .oh . . ah .. So hear. oh . . . . .e . solid. . So hear. uh . we hope. la . . ah .D. e… oh. . brings the world a new truth. la . we hope. we hope. we know. do . shhhhhhh. he does. oh. do . . II-i-30 ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Continues to speak. . . (Dancers Enter to Instrumental of #13. encompassing the earth in series were all transparent. . . . ah .) (Chorus) No One’s virtue is complete. . oh. . based on a purely and rigorous mathematical system. yes. . we hope. .The Life Of Galileo (Chorus) No One’s virtue is complete. shhhhhh. shhhhhhh. held a concept of the cosmos called the Ptolemaic which explains how the stars move around the earth. The South Forty Estate.) A series of balls with balls. So hear. uh . . oh . . . . . do . such as men were familiar with underfoot. each having the same center. And be not angry (Silence) Regarding the truth about his telescope. do . (ALL Sing. And be not angry (Silence. . .

GALILEO studies his telescope.) The Highest is the immoveable sphere of the fixed stars. Venus. In the same order also one planet surpasses another in speed of revolution. Corona. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Last came the Outermost Sphere. from Heavenly Harmony. The tuneful voice was heard from high. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken. with no delay. The cold and hot and moist and dry In order to their stations leap high And music’s power obeys. because held firmly in the same sphere. (ALL now sing as DANCERS continue with a ritual style dance. containing the Fixed Stars studded in it. according as they trace greater or smaller circles. come. but motionless with respect to each other. came the spheres of Mercury. Then those of the Outer Planets. this universal frame began. from heavenly harmony. all moving majestically about the earth in daily motion.com II-i-31 . “Arise. Through all the compass of the notes it ran. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The lunar sphere revolves about the center of the earth and moves with the earth like an epicycle. the diapason closing full in man. made known to us by the piets. in turn. of jarring atoms lay most deep And. the Sun. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) Saturn completes its revolution in thirty years. arise ye more than dead!” From Harmony.The Life Of Galileo they were the crystalline sphere. Nearest to the Earth was the Moon. (Dancers continue to dance. from heavenly harmony. which contains and gives position to all things. ) A BALLAD SINGER (Spoken. The South Forty Estate. A BALLAD SINGER (Spoken. Each containing set in it as a jewel.) These spheres revolved about the earth.) GALILEO/ BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. Then. their harmony was the music of the spheres. could not heave her head. a luminous heavenly body or orb that moved about the earth with the movement of its transparent sphere.” From harmony. “come. this universal frame began When nature underneath a heap.) From Harmony.

arise ye more than dead.) Earth in one year. that fleets about the land. about his centre here And music’s power obeys. with no delay. this universal frame began Music and measure both doth understand. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken. (Spoken. so danceth he.) Mars in two and one half.) Jupiter in twelve. GALILEO/ BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. A BALLAD SINGER ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER A BALLAD SINGER ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken. Now to the moon in wavering morrice move And lo the sea. with all their finny drove. this universal frame began The sounds. Corona. from Heavenly Harmony. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. (Spoken. arise ye more than dead. imitate the starry quire Who in their nightly watchful spheres. lead in swift round the months and years? “Arise. The South Forty Estate.) Venus in nine months.The Life Of Galileo (Spoken. Mercury in three. “come. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. from Heavenly Harmony.” A BALLAD SINGER All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.” From Harmony. from heavenly harmony. and seas.com II-i-32 .) And.” From Harmony. come. this universal frame began We that are of pure fire. And like a girdle clips her solid waist with music and measure both doth understand “Arise. For his great crystal eye is always cast up to the moon and on her fixed fast And as she danceth in her palled sphere.) From Harmony.

a bright ethereal substance. which these spheres carried. BALLAD SINGERS/DANCERS (Spoken. The cosmos was a hierarchy of ascending perfection. almost as tenuous as the crystal spheres in which they moved. all previous theories might apply to insubstantial luminous objects in motion.” the home of the angels and immortal spirits. he could literally see the crystalline spheres.com . decreed it necessary to make the Ptolemaic System more intricate by the addition of new cycles and epicycles. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken. this universal frame began. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. and looking up into the stars. this view also entertained a few great thinkers before. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken.) Beyond the sphere of the fixed stars. And concentric. from heavenly harmony.) Question: What are the heavenly bodies made of. planets. laid the “Empyrean. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Spoken. The South Forty Estate. in the star at night. a new concentration created new ideas. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. he could behold the orbs. The celestial bodies supposed to be of different material and quality than the earth’s heavy dross. orb and orb. with an increasingly detailed knowledge of the actual movements of the heavenly bodies. Copernicus concluded that the sun was the center of the solar system and Fixed stars and the earth to be one of the planets revolving in space around it. Arise. with them all revolved around him. The stars. Scribbled o’er cycle. Corona.) But. purer than earth. and epicycle. arise ye more than dead. in general belief. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) In the blue sky of the day.) From harmony.The Life Of Galileo (Spoken.) The Cosmos was with centric. presumably at no very alarming distance. until as John Milton expressed: (Sing. A person standing on the earth. upon a renewed interest in the philosophical traditions of Pythagoras and Plato.) But he. This system corresponded to actual appearances and except for scientific knowledge would be highly believable. had they not been touched??? The sun and moon had dimensions! Stars and planets were pints of light! And. and the sun and the moon seemed made of pure gleaming light. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. felt himself enclosed by a dome of which his own position was the center. And. The heavens are of purity. But this was not a matter of natural science.

GALILEO. Signor. arise ye more than dead. on that boat they’re having lunch. A SENATOR (Spoken. father. Arise. SAGREDO GALILEO I do. LUDOVICO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Galilei. GALILEO (To Segrado. I can see the fortifications of Santa Rosita. astronomy has been marking time at a standstill for a thousand years for lack of a telescope.) From harmony.com . Signor.) Signor. Corona. Over there.) VIRGINIA (Takes LUDOVICO to her father. SENATOR SEGRADO SENATOR One sees too well with that thing. Galilei. this universal frame began. I’ll have to warn my ladies to stop bathing on the roof. It’s making me hungry. from heavenly harmony. (GALILEO bows. GALILEO I tell you.The Life Of Galileo ALL BALLAD SINGERS/DANCERS II-i-33 (Sing.) Do you know what the Milky Way consists of? No. The South Forty Estate. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Galilei! They are calling for you. SENATOR A thing like this is worth at least ten scudi. Fried fish.) Ludovico wants to congratulate you.

His Excellency the Doge. the five hundred scudi! Are you satisfied. THE PROCURATOR Otherwise. You made the casing red. GALILEO (Paying him no attention. IIGALILEO LUDOVICO So. without where would the incentive be. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. eh Signor Galilei? DOGE (Smiling.) Of course. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. i-34 I’ve improved on it. it was green. In Holland the covering. I see. The South Forty Estate. sir. Signor Galilei.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. with clumsy dignity.com . (The DOGE shakes GALILEO’S hand. Your Excellency? DOGE Unfortunately our city fathers always need some sort of pretext before they can do anything to reward our scholars. has approached GALILEO and is attempting.The Life Of Galileo (Embarrassed. GALILEO (Returning to Sagredo. yes.) Congratulations. Oh.) I wonder if I couldn’t prove a certain doctrine with that contraption. (The DOGE.) GALILEO Of course. a fat. sir. Corona. modest man. Watch your step! Be careful! SAGREDO THE PROCURATOR Your five hundred scudi are in the bag.) THE PROCURATOR Mr. to address him. I’m always wary ahead of rash conclusions. Galilei.

was ein gro-ber Mann lut! Dodi Ga-li-le-o ufi gern gut. Nun hort und seid nicht grimm dar-eh. 2 B”] ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Sings.com . ) II-i-35 VIRGINIA Did I do it all right? LUDOVICO It seemed all right to me. [Music Cue #14: Spirit “Nr. I thought it was fine. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. nothing. who surround him. VIRGINIA I think they are all very pleased with father. (The DOGE and the procurator lead GALILEO to the SENATORS.The Life Of Galileo We require a pretext. (CURTAIN) (END OF ACT) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Then what was the matter? VIRGINIA LUDOVICO Oh. Corona. Only that the green casing might have done just as well.) Schon ist nicht al-les. VIRGINIA and LUDOVICO slowly walk away. die Wahrheit u-bers Te-le-skop. LUDOVICO And I think I’m beginning to understand something about science. The South Forty Estate.

Sah daft kein Himmel war. [Music Cue #15: Spirit “Nr. both in heavy overcoats. GALILEO’S Modest Study.The Life Of Galileo SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: III-i-36 ACT III Scene 1 January 10. Sech-zehnhun-dert-sehn tenth of January. Quasdam Miracula Universi. Sah daft kein Himmel war. Intoxicatio. Quasdam Miracula Universi. 2 C”] BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. A BALLAD SINGER All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Corona. are at the telescope and about to abolish heaven. Galileo Galilei saw that no heaven was. The South Forty Estate. Galileo Galilei. Padua. Italy. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) Sixteen hundred ten. Intoxicatio. By means of the telescope GALILEO discovers celestial phenomena that prove the Copernican system. BALLAD SINGERS tell the tale of how they see things. saw that no heaven was. Warned by his friend of the possible consequences of his investigations. Universi. 1610. Evening.com . Quasdam. GALILEO still affirms his faith in reason. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. sehn-ter Ja-nu-ary. GALILEO and SAGREDO.

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(Sing.) January the tenth, sixteen ten, Galileo Galilei abolishes heaven. He claims the moon and the earth are the same, has he gone insane? Does he realize the danger in this truth, has he gone insane? why does he want to change our universe, has he done insane? BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) Quasdam Miracula Universi, Quasdam, Quasdam Miracula Universi, Universi, Intoxicatio, Intoxicatio. III-i-37 GALILEO (Sings.) On this day, January tenth, sixteen ten, I Galileo Galilei, abolish heaven. Yes, the moon and the earth are the same, I say so let me document it in my journal today. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) Quasdam Miracula Universi, Quasdam, Quasdam Miracula Universi, Universi, Intoxicatio, Intoxicatio. [Music Cue #16: Spirit “My Little Orbs”]

FEMALE BALLAD SINGERS (ALL sing accompanied by a Heavy Strings Section.) Little Orbs, Little Orbs, where are you tonight? Where are you little perfect flickering pieces of light? Little Orbs, Little Orbs, Have you gone out of my sight? Have you left me alone with no hope of my magical heavenly flight? A BALLAD SINGER (Sings.) I believed in you, how could you be a fake? For years you made my earthly pain easy to take Because with hell under the ground My only hope was that for eternity you would be around. FEMALE BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) Little Orbs, Little Orbs, Where are you tonight? Where are you perfect flickering pieces of light? Little Orbs, My Little Orbs, Little Orbs, Have you gone out of my sight?
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Have you left me alone with no hope of my magical heavenly flight? A BALLAD SINGER (Sings.) I could look to you in the sky, and know that when I die That I will get to meet you, face to face My little orbs, my little orbs, my orbs there you were for me, in your heavenly space. GALILEO (Sings.) No human has seen this before, except Copernicus and me. i-38 GALILEO (Cont.) (Sings.) In over two thousand long years of history. This idea contradicts a-stro-no-my that began, back then. But I have the in-stru-ments to prove this the-ory, even to the common man. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) Earth shine, earth beams, earth light, you are not alone tonight You are now a reflection upon the moon’s sight, Earth shine, earth beams, earth light, you are not alone tonight the sun glows on you both in its orbital flight. FEMALE BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) Little Orbs, Little Orbs, Where are you tonight? Where are you perfect flickering pieces of light? Little Orbs, My Little Orbs, Little Orbs, Have you gone out of my sight? Have you left me alone with no hope of my magical heavenly flight? GALILEO (Spoken.) Heaven must be purer than this ugly earth, For earth is a heavy dross, they say, filled with just dirt, The refuse of impurities of melted metal waste matter All worthless stuff, rubbish, all falling into space in spatters. FEMALE BALLAD SINGERS
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(Spoken.) Your cosmos must be hierarchy of ascending perfection Made of ethereal substance with God at the top and descending his essence Your world tenuous as the Crystal spheres, for where you lived I’m so sorry my little orbs; oh I do hope you still exist. (Sing.) My orbs are pure and beautiful out there aluminous and bright They are my heaven, my salvation from my blight. They are my stars and planets, Not merely insubstantial little shining points of light at random ALL BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) I could look to you in the sky, and know that when I die, That I will get to meet you, face to face. My little orbs, my little little orbs, I am sorry you are being disturbed, in your precious heavenly space. III-i-39 GALILEO (Sings.) The moon sees us as a half-circle, all full and a crescent, too What the moon is to us, we are to the moon, I know it is true. That space above the earth, we’ve thought as our heaven, I can see in my lens, it is not immutable, perfect, nor even pleasant FEMALE BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) The stars and planets, sun and the moon Look how they shine bright, like the earth’s rays at noon They must be made of pure and gleaming light How could my angels live up there if everything wasn’t perfectly right? A BALLAD SINGER (Sings.) There is no difference between this earth and the moon ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER Where will my muses play their heartfelt tunes? The moon can’t be an earth, for the earth is not a star this whole thing has gone too far. My little Orbs, My little Orbs, Please let me see you just once more tonight. GALILEO (Sings.) I am looking at the dark half of the moon’s crescent,
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1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. indeed.com III-i-40 . like substances. for our sake. GALILEO (Speaks Softly) Those spots of light are gigantic mountains. its edges seem to appear. While their slopes are covered. yes. Like the earth’s rays at noon. from our same sun. but irregular. BALLAD SINGERS (Spoken. made of ethereal substance with God at the top and descending his essence. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Light pours down the summers in the valleys.) I am looking at the dark half of the moon’s crescent. I believe Whose peaks catch the morning rays. must be hierarchy of ascending perfection. created here over millions of years. created here over millions of years. jagged and rough. sun and the moon look how they shine bright. tenuous as the crystal spheres. for where you lived.) Your Cosmos. you still exist.) Your cosmos must be hierarchy of ascending perfection. with the same earth-like substances. BALLAD SINGERS (Spoken. I believe.) Whose peaks catch the morning rays. Oh I hope. jagged and rough. Oh. I am sorry my little orbs. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. I am sorry. they must be made of pure. GALILEO (Sings. and gleaming light. tenuous. not tonight. yes. you still exist. Oh.The Life Of Galileo It does glitter with some bright particles effervescent But irregular.) The stars. Oh. its edges seem to appear with the same earth. Galileo Galilei. Your world. my little Orbs. Made of ethereal substance with God at the Top and Descending his essence. Corona. I believe! (Sings.) Those spots of light are gigantic mountains. BALLAD SINGERS (Spoken. The South Forty Estate. as the crystal spheres for where you lived. GALILEO (Spoken. in the night with none. Your world. planets. It does glitter with some bright particles efferiscent. indeed. How could my angels live up there? If everything wasn’t perfectly right? (Shouted) Oh. I hope for our sake. Do not destroy my little orbs.

nor less. like the earth’s rays at noon.The Life Of Galileo While their slopes are covered in the night with none. moons of its own. like our moon.) There is no difference. way. The South Forty Estate. The sun is what makes the universe obviously shine bright.) My orbs are pure and beautiful out there illuminous and bright. BALLAD SINGERS (Spoken. sun and the moon. Galileo Galilei. It is not true. GALILEO (Sings. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) The earth and the moon merely send a dim ashen light. the moon can’t be an earth. and gleaming light. Corona. IIIi-41 BALLAD SINGERS (Cont. do not destroy my little orbs. if everything wasn’t perfectly right? (Shouted. GALILEO (Sings.) They must be made of pure. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. freedom and grace.) Oh. planets. How could my angels live up there. for the earth is not a star. They move around. I can see them clearly from my telescope. I declare that they simple are fixed there in space. where will my muses play? Their heartfelt tunes. impressions of largeness. It is the sun that shines pure and perfect as the infant at birth. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. moving with simple strokes. This whole idea has absolutely gone way.) The stars. bizarre than an ordinary heavenly body. light pours down the summits in the valleys. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) For the earth I declare is nothing more. not tonight. look how they shine bright. and its orbital sphere and this earth.com . The planets have visible breadth. GALILEO (Sings. between this earth and moon. from our same sun. One of thousands whirling in the far the sun and the fixed stars remain constant. BALLAD SINGERS (Spoken.) Jupiter has satellites. way. way too far.

those luminous points? SAGREDO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. jagged and roughly serrated. how do you account for those spots of light. Universi. let me say. and spreading light out over wider and wider areas until they finally merge with the bright larger crescent part. not in my sight. I. 2 C”] GALILEO (Sings. And. he speaks. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. on this tenth of January 1610. heavy cloaks at the telescope. GALILEO and SAGREDO are both wrapped in thick. Galileo Galelei. Galileo Galilei. In the dark half near the luminous edge there are bright luminous particle points that are emerging. SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: (BLACKOUT) (END OF SCENE) ACT III Scene 2 GALILEO’S study in Padua. Night.) The edge of the crescent is quite irregular. oh this miracle I see tonight is a wondrous sight.) Quasdam Miracula Universi Quasdam Quasdam Miracula Universi. little perfect flickering pieces of light? [Music Cue #17: Spirit “Nr. Intoxicatio. III-ii-42 SAGREDO (Looking through the telescope. GALILEO So. abolish heaven.com . between heaven and earth. ONE BALLAD SINGER (Sing. I. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. half to himself. Intoxicatio. little Orbs. The South Forty Estate. Corona.The Life Of Galileo Unchanging and bright. one after another that keep growing larger. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) There is no difference and that is right.) Little Orbs. where are you tonight? Where are you.

what kind of light can that be? (Pause. GALILEO Yes. and the earth can be a planet or a star. any more than the earth can be a star or a planet. as a half circle.) It’s from the earth.The Life Of Galileo It can’t be. What the moon is to us we are to the moon. as full. The moon sees us by turns as a crescent. Both bodies are lighted and illuminated by the sun and that’s why they shine. They’re mountains. SAGREDO Nonsense. GALILEO Yes. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. SAGREDO But. and then not al all. But now that I do look closely I can see a dim.com . How can the earth with its mountains and forest and oceans – a cold body – give light? GALILEO The same way the moon sheds light. no human being mortal has ever seen before. Whose gilded peaks catch the rays of the rising sun while all around their surrounding slopes are covered in the deep darkness of night! What you’re seeing is light pouring down the descending summits from the highest peaks of the valleys. Simply another heavenly body. But it is. That is true! What you’re seeing now. one among thousands! Look again! Is the darkened part of the moon completely dark? SAGREDO No. Corona. IIIii-43 GALILEO The moon can be an earth with mountains and valleys. On a star? GALILEO SAGREDO GALILEO Gigantic mountains. feeble ashen light on it. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. You’re the third. The South Forty Estate. SAGREDO But that contradicts all of the astronomy for two thousand years. except me and Copernicus. And. the moon can’t be an earth with mountains and valleys. I know.

His name was Giordano Bruno and he said the very same thing. Little Orbs. humanity notes in its diary. What you see is that there’s no difference between heaven and earth.) I Galileo. The South Forty Estate. GALILEO I know. 2 D”] III- ii-44 ONE BALLAD SINGER (Sings. Intoxicatio. GALILEO SAGREDO A man was burned in Rome less than ten years ago. 2 C”] BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. Intoxicatio! SAGREDO It is terrifying. Universi. Corona. Universi.) Little Orbs. this tenth of January1610. its journal: Heaven is abolished!!! (Sings. Where Are You Tonight? Where are you little perfect flickering pieces of light? [Music Cue #19: Spirit “Nr. as I am. Universi Quasdam Quasdam Miracula. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Keep your eyes to the telescope tube. GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.The Life Of Galileo SAGREDO Then there’s no difference between moon and earth? Apparently no! None. I Galileo.) Quasdam Miracula.) The old says. declare that heaven is abolished! [Music Cue #18: Spirit “My Little Orbs”] (Chorus Only) BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. Sagredo. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. This day. But we can see it.com . I’ve been from the beginning The new says: If you’re not useful then go! [Music Cue #20: Spirit “Nr.

Unfortunately. THE PROCURATOR Well. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Priuli.” is to be bought on every street coroner in Italy for a couple of scudi? And.The Life Of Galileo There’s something else I’ve discovered. confounds me!!! SAGREDO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. (Pointing at the telescope. it might embarrass you to have the gentleman hear what has happened. really? THE PROCURATOR Your equanimity. made in Holland! At this very moment a Dutch freighter in the harbor is unloading five hundred telescopes. “the fruit of seventeen years’ patient research. THE PROCURATOR Oh. Sagredo is used to hearing incredible things in my presence. The South Forty Estate. that miraculous optical splendid gadget of yours! You might as well throw that tube away for all it’s worth.) There it is. no doubt. THE PROCURATOR (Bursting into the room. Perhaps something even more amazing and astonishing. GALILEO You don’t say.) The Procurator is here. Signore. absolutely worthless!!! SAGREDO (He has been wandering about restlessly. Corona. and pointing at the telescope.) Whatever do you mean? IIIii-45 THE PROCURATOR Are you aware that this invention of yours. Sagredo can hear anything I can hear. I apologize for the late hour. Mr.com . it’s something quite incredible. as it is worth nothing! Nothing! Absolutely nothing!!! It is worthless. I would be much obliged if we could talk privately. what’s worse. SIGNORA SARTI (Hurriedly enters. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. GALILEO Mr. GALILEO Mr.) Galileo.

New star charts could save the shipping industry millions of scudi. dear Signor Priuli. (GALILEO roars with laughter. GALILEO (Laughing. for a worthless telescope. I can’t judge this instrument in terms of its value to the economy.) Have a look for yourself Priuli. Priuli. Corona. banging the door behind him. your irrigation system still functions. You have every reason to laugh. confident of having acquired something for the republic that could be manufactured only here. Signor Priuli. It makes me sick! (He leaves. The weavers.) SAGREDO My dear.) GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. meddling with philosophy? Mr. How on earth could l I have anticipated anything like this? GALILEO Not so fast. are very pleased with your machine. Let me tell you that just in these last few days Signor Galilei has made the most revolutionary discoveries about the universe concerning heavenly bodies with this very instrument. . THE PROCURATOR To philosophy! What business has Signor Galilei. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. III-ii-46 THE PROCURATOR Forget it.com . but its worth to philosophy is so incalculable enormous that . they failed to see – seven times magnified – a common peddler on the next corner hawking that same instrument for a song. You have your five hundred scudi. a mathematician.The Life Of Galileo I fail to see what’s troubling you. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. It’s only by the sheer accident that when the gentlemen of the Signoria first looked through your tube. uncertain and expensive. But I’m telling you. too. and I speak as an honest man: This world disgusts me. Galilei. you once invented a very respectable pump for the city. The South Forty Estate. THE PROCURATOR Let me tell you that after having Signor Galilei’s salary doubled on the strength of this worthless gadget I’m quite satisfied with the discovery I’ve already made. Thank you! I’ll be remembered as the Curator who fell. Sea routes are still long. What we lack is a reliable clock in the heavens. I’ve heard enough! In return for my kindness you’ve made me the laughing stock of the city. . laid low. I now have cause to believe that with this telescope we can observe and clearly perceive certain stars with very regular motions. a guide to navigation.

GALILEO Sagredo.The Life Of Galileo He’s rather likable when he gets angry. SAGREDO Even if our earth is a star. but he knew they were there. Galileo. The South Forty Estate. SAGREDO Did you know about these Dutch instruments? GALILEO Of course from heresay! But the one I made for those skinflint moneychangers in the Signoria is twice as good. and not only about physics. There’s Jupiter.com . There isn’t any star in the heavens with another one III-ii-47 SAGREDO (Cont. Tell me what it’s made of. countless stars. GALILEO In the constellation of Orion alone there are five hundred fixed stars. Those are the many worlds. has the moon revolving around it. you’ll have to admit. stars. My best ideas come to me over a good meal. but I didn’t pay too much All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. the star beyond stars that the man they burned talked about. SAGREDO (Hesitates going to the telescope. Did you hear what he said: A world where you can’t do business makes him sick and disgusts him.) I feel something very like fear. I wonder. Let me show you something else. I almost think I am afraid. SAGREDO Why. near it there are four smaller stars that you can only make out through the telescope. I’ve been wondering for two long days. How can I do my work with the bailiff at the door breathing down my neck? And Virginia will need her trousseau soon. some of them twenty years old. Besides. (He adjusts the telescope and focuses on it. GALILEO I am going to show you a milky-white patch of luminous mist in the galaxy. I saw them on Monday. the countless other worlds. I like buying books. Give me five years of peace and quiet. but I’ve got debts. it’s still a long way to prove Copernicus’ contention that the earth revolves around the sun. What a rotten time to live in! They were paying me less than the teamster who carts their wine barrels. I’ve wormed five hundred scudi out of them.) revolving around it. She’s not too bright. and I’ll prove everything. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Accept for the earth. Corona.) Now. and I like to eat well. Four cords of firewood for two courses in mathematics! So now. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. He never saw them.

) There is our proof. I could have sworn that all four of them had changed their position.com . and yet they were right!!! Andrea has to see this!! This finding is something for Andrea! (Beside himself with excitement. where could it be indeed? How can Jupiter be attached to anything when other stars revolve around it? There’s no scaffolding in the sky. GALILEO Too fast. The South Forty Estate. Sarti! Signoria Sarti! Mrs. The stage grows dark.The Life Of Galileo attention to their particular positions. Galileo and Sagredo are still sitting there. What is this? There were four of them (Excitedly.) You look! SAGREDO I see three. I recorded their exact positions in a note. Corona. Nobody!!! They were right!!! Who? The Copernicans? SAGREDO III-ii-48 GALILEO Yes! And. There you have your star with another one revolving around it. The fourth had to have moved behind Jupiter where we can’t see it. but on a cyclorama Jupiter and its satellites appear visible. (Agitated. they sit down to work. wrapped in their winter cloaks. SAGREDO But the crystal-sphere that Jupiter is attached to? GALILEO Yes. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. We must compute the movements they can have made. but very excited. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. there’s nothing holding the universe up! There we have another sun!!! We’ve found another star!!! SAGREDO Calm down. GALILEO Where is the fourth? Here are the tables. he runs to the door and shouts. Then yesterday I looked again. Now they are different again. Sarti! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. get excited!!! No one has ever seen what you’re seeing right now. They had moved! So.) Mrs. you know whom! The others!!! The whole world was against them. When the light returns again. hell! Man. You’re thinking too fast.

a star and not the center of the universe. Signora Sarti. The South Forty Estate. the truth. tiny little earth. Sagredo. because it appears it is the truth. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. SAGREDO So that there’s nothing but stars! – But where does that put God? What do you mean? GALILEO III-ii-49 All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. if you go shouting over all the market places that the earth is a planet. please calm yourself. I’m trembling with fear. SAGREDO I’m not standing around like a dunce. 2 D”] BALLAD SINGER (Sings. GALILEO Yes. GALILEO Sagredo. If you’re not useful. hehl. Bist du nicht gut dann. and that the whole enormous gigantic cosmos with all its stars doesn’t revolve around our puny. SAGREDO Well. as anyone could have guessed anyway.The Life Of Galileo SAGREDO (Turns the telescope aside.) Galileo. GALILEO What? SAGREDO Have you taken leave of your senses? Have you lost them? Don’t you realize the danger you are getting into if what you see is really true? And. then go. please get excited! Oh.com .) Dus-Al-te sagt So wie ich bin. when we have just discovered the truth. Das Neue sagt. Corona. please. will you stop roaring like a lunatic fool? GALILEO Will you stop standing around like a stockfish dunce. bin ich von fax. [Music Cue #21: Spirit “Nr. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.

Corona. and that means I believe in reason! Without that belief I wouldn’t have the strength to get out of bed in the morning. Sagredo! I believe in man. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. SAGREDO That’s why he was burned! Not ten years ago! GALILEO Because he couldn’t prove it! Because all he could do was say so! Signora Sarti! Signora Sarti! SAGREDO Galileo. but only because I could not prove anything. I ask you: Where is God in your world system? GALILEO Within us or nowhere! SAGREDO (Shouting. SAGREDO (Incredulously.com . IIIii-50 All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. in human beings.The Life Of Galileo God! Where is God? SAGREDO GALILEO Am I a theologian? I’m a mathematician. SAGRDO First of all you’re a human being.) You are saying the same as the man who was burned said? GALILEO Yes. And. but you taught it? GALILEO Yes.) Do you thing that proving it makes any difference? GALILEO All the difference in the world! Look here. The South Forty Estate. I know you’re a clever man. I taught it. For three years in Pisa and seventeen here in Padua you’ve patiently instructed hundreds of students in the Ptolemaic system as advocated by the church and confirmed by the scriptures on which the church is grounded. the man they burned said this too. Like Copernicus you thought it was wrong. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.

Bruno burned for no proof in his words. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Well. Corona. I listen. which makes man feel doubt. she listens. I believe in man. I really do believe in the human being. God is within each of us. gives her donkey an extra bundle of hay with calloused hands. he must be. I’ll tell you why. even works the hard man of the sea. This lady is my hope. Reason in humanity. it is man’s best ability. back it up with seven-fold proof. I really do believe in man. I listen. I am a mathematician who is able to prove his thoughts. the old woman who the night before her journey. And I’m not confusing cunning with reason. and she understands. I believe. she prays. and a horse a donkey when they buy. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. when lying in provisions. I believe in reason. nor a theologian. I believe in reason. yes. change. and prove it. They call donkey’s horses when they’re selling. Show them a comet with a red tail. I tell you from my heart. I am not a magician. Listen! (GALILEO begins to sing. GALILEO That is all wrong and it is slander. The ship’s captain who thinks of storms and calms. And. I believe in reason. I don’t see how you can love science if you believe your words. Where else would reason come from. But. And. And. And. I am able to explain. he will lead. I believe. I believe. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. I believe in the human being. change. But make a reasonable statement.The Life Of Galileo SAGREDO Then let me tell you this: I don’t believe in reason! Forty years’ experience of life has taught me that human beings are not susceptible to reason. tell them one reasonable fact. change. put dark black terror into them and they’ll break their legs rushing out of their houses.com .) [Music Cue #22: Spirit “I Believe In Reason”] GALILEO/BALLAD SINGER (Sing.) I believe. and they’ll just laugh at you in your face. with reason my beliefs create change. I am able to explain. Only the dead are unmoved and impervious to argument and reason. I believe in reason. The South Forty Estate.

yes I. I really do believe in the human being.) Thinking is one of the greatest pleasures. can you mistake human beings contemptible. But the old woman with calloused hands who gives her mule an extra bunch of hay the night before setting out on a trip. Most people will succumb to it and in time they all will. “It didn’t fall. Corona. miserable cunning for reason? GALILEO I’m not talking about their cunning like their calling a donkey a horse when they’re selling and a horse a donkey when they’re buying. I believe in the gentle force of reason. these are my hope. Galileo. The South Forty Estate.) Did you want something. after all. I believe. the sea captain who allows for storms and doldrums when he lays in his stores. I believe in reason. they accept the law of cause and effect. For because he has been taught. if you can. I believe. That’s their cunning. I believe. I believe in the human being. I believe in reason. I believe in reason. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. And. I. have worked in his mind. And. It begins when we are little. truly the greatest pleasure. Where else would reason come from. I believe in the human being. he listens.) (Sing. Can you watch me (He lets a pebble fall from his hand to the floor. I believe in reason. the child who puts on his cap when he realizes that it may rain. is one of the greatest pleasures of the human race. ever known to man. I tell you from my heart. The child who pulls on his cap when it is proven to him it will rain he is my hope. The seduction of proof is too strong. God is within each of us. And. reasons he’s got. (Spoken. Nobody can do that. when this small child listens.com . And.) drop a pebble and say. signor Galilei? GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. I believe. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. I believe. in the long run no one can resist it.” and not know that it really did fall. he must be. be-lieve in rea-son! III-ii-51 GALILEO/BALLAD SINGERS (Cont.The Life Of Galileo For those gentle powers of reason. Yes. listen. Thinking. it is man’s best ability. I believe. and again. he succumbs. SIGNORA SARTI (Enters hurriedly. yes I. I believe.) I believe in man. I believe. I believe in reason. I really do believe in man. as all will in time. SAGREDO How in the world. I say.

Corona. It’s a question about the sky. involving the stars precisely. a question has come up that we can’t agree on. Signor Galilei. in that case maybe you can help me. Not a chance? Not a chance. that large bodies turn around small bodies or small bodies around large ones? SIGNORA SARTI (Suspiciously. perhaps because we’ve read too many books. Signor Sarti.) Yes. began. Here it is: Now. something through my tube again. GALILEO SIGNORA SARTI GALILEO Signoria Sarti. The South Forty Estate. which seems more likely. He’s going to see something that no one but us has ever seen since the earth.The Life Of Galileo (Again back at his telescope. SIGNORA SARTI Andrea? But he’s in bed.) I never know what you’re up to. SIGNORA SARTI You want to show him something through your tube again? GALILEO Yes. You see. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. making notes. may I ask? GALILEO I want to show him something that’ll please him. ii-52 GALILEO Can’t you wake him? III- SIGNORA SARTI What do you want with him. He’s sound asleep. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Is this a serious question or are you pulling my leg again? GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. I wouldn’t think of waking him. I want Andrea. SIGNORA SARTI And for that you want me to wake him in the middle of the night? Are you out of your mind? Have you lost your reason? He needs his sleep. our world. very kindly.com .

The Life Of Galileo This is a serious question. has begun to ring. ) Good morning.) GALILEO And such people are supposed not to be able to grasp the truth? They snatch at it! (The matins bell. Ludovico will be there too.com . How was the night. Corona. VIRGINIA enters wearing a cloak and carrying a shaded candle. SIGNORA SARTI And why? Because it’s you who went to school and can pay! (She goes out amused. SIGNORA SARTI Then I can give you a serious and quick answer. Do I serve your dinner or do you serve mine? GALILEO You serve mine. Father! Up so early? VIRGINIA GALILEO VIRGINIA I’m going to matins. the bell for early mass. Sarti. with Mrs. III-ii-53 SIGNORA SARTI And why was it burned? Because you asked me to bring you your slippers while I was cooking it. Yesterday. father? Clear and bright1 GALILEO VIRGINIA May I look through it? GALILEO Why? What for? (Virginia has no answer. early mass. The South Forty Estate. And. didn’t I bring you your slippers? GALILEO I presume you did.) It’s not a toy! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. it was burned. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.

) At court? Galileo! VIRGINIA SAGREDO GALILEO I need leisure. The only thing that worries me is that the court may not accept me or want me. VIRGINIA Oh. But I’m going to find the proofs. It was invented in Holland. There’s still no proof that any celestial heavenly body revolves around the sun. father. And I want the fleshpots. peace and quiet. proofs for everybody from Signoria Sarti all the way on up to the Pope. I’ll have to find a way of calling attention to them. (Speaking to SAGREDO over his daughter’s head. (Again aside to Virginia.) It may be of interest to you. GALILEO Go to you mass.) VIRGINIA All right. father. I need proofs. time! – to work out my proofs. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. (Virginia leaves. With a position like that I won’t have to ram the Ptolemaic System down the throats of private students.) Maybe I will call and Christian them the “Medicean Stars” to please the Grand Duke of Florence.com . I can’t stand up to the whole world with that. Father! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. What I’ve got now isn’t enough. to know that we’ll most likely be moving to Florence. with your new stars and all. Virginia. Corona. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. It’s being sold on the street for three scudi. You’ll hear all about soon. I’ve written to ask if the Grand Duke can use me as court mathematician. GALILEO By the way.The Life Of Galileo VIRGINIA I know. It’s nothing. the tube’s a big flop. old friend. (Beaming radiance. I’ll have time – time. time. it’s just bits and pieces. The South Forty Estate. I’m sure they’ll take you. VIRGINIA Did you find anything new in the sky with it? III-ii-54 GALILEO Nothing for you! Only a few dim specks on the left side of a big star.

you think my letter is too servile.com . I’m only asking them to trust the evidence of their eyes.) “Withal I am yearning for nothing so much as to be nearer to Your Highness. And you know I despise men whose brains are incapable of filling their stomachs. Copernicus. The South Forty Estate.” The Grand Duke of Florence is nine years old. Even monks can be seduced by proofs. A man like me can only get a halfway decent position by crawling on his belly. GALILEO There are distinguished scholars at the Florentine court. Sagredo.The Life Of Galileo GALILEO I’m not used to writing letters to important people. I’ll take them by the scrugg of their necks and make them look through this tube. A more restrained letter might be all right for someone with the distinction of having proved the truth of Aristotle. (He hands SAGREDO a letter. by monks. Even monks are human beings.) SAGREDO Don’t go to Florence. not too formal. as if I were lacking in genuine devotion. III-ii-55 GALILEO I know. Galileo! Why not? GALILEO SAGREDO Why not? Florence is ruled. (SIGNORIA SARTI and VIRGINIA walk past the TWO MEN on their way to mass. SAGREDO (Reading aloud the end of the letter which GALILEO has handed him. When truth is too weak to defend itself. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.don’t forget that – wanted them to trust his figures.) Do you think this will do? Tell me what you think of it. SAGREDO Toadies! Mere lackeys! GALILEO I’ll take them by the scruff of their necks and drag them to my tube. I wonder if it’s servile enough. ruled. it has to lead the attack. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. the rising sun which will illuminate this age. not for me. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. I see. Corona.

With this I recommend myself to you.) you at your telescope. one among many. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. And when you said you believed in proofs I smelled burnt flesh. devoted and obedient servants who counts it the highest honor to have been born your subject. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. (CURTAIN) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. that you’ve said he’s wrong. GALILEO If they will have me. Who do we say walks with open eyes? The man who is headed for perdition! How can the high and mighty allow a man at large who knows the truth to wander freely. but I love you more.) [Music Cue #23: Spirit “We’re Moving In Full Sail” Music Only] GALILEO In assigning and bestowing the sublime and illustrious name of the Medicean line to these stars newly discovered by me I am fully aware that when gods and heroes were elevated to the firmament. the reverse is true!!! It is the stars that will be glorified by receiving and having bestowed upon them. Withal I yearn. looking at the new stars. I will go. A moment ago when I saw III-ii-56 SAGREDO (Cont. the starry skies. Do you think he will calmly write in his diary: January 10. and not hear you saying he is wrong? No. The South Forty Estate. my old friend. the rising sun that will illuminate this age. for nothing so much as to be nearer to Your Highness. 1610. he’ll hear only one thing. Galileo. they were thereby glorified. You may not believe in Aristotle.com . I thought I saw you on a flaming pyre. I long. you’re setting out on a dangerous path. even if it concerns only the most remotest and distant stars? Do you think the Pope will listen to your truth when you tell him he is wrong. (The BALLAD SINGERS come on stage carrying copies of his letter and hum a CHORAL A CAPPELLA to the music of WE’RE MOVING IN FULL SAIL. please don’t go to Florence. Corona. It’s a bad luck when a man sees the truth. but you’re as gullible as a child about anything that looks like help in pursuing it. It leads to disaster! And it’s sheer delusion to believe in the rationality of the human race. the illustrious name of the Medici. faithful. Heaven abolished? How can you want to leave the republic with the truth in your pocket and walk straight into the trap of the monks and princes with your tube in your hands? You may be very skeptical in your science. but you believe in the Grand Duke of Florence. but that in the present case the reverse is true.The Life Of Galileo SAGREDO Galileo. as one of your most humble. I love science. Galileo Galilei.

I’ve been from the beginning. Discoveries made with his telescope cause disbelief among the scholars there. IV-i-57 SIGNORA SARTI is getting GALILEO’S new study in Florence ready to receive guests. 2 D”] BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.com .) The old says: What I’ve always done. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. putting celestial charts away. The South Forty Estate. Her son Andrea is seated. then you must go. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. BALLAD SINGERS are singing. I’ll always do. [Music Cue #24: Spirit “Nr. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Corona. GALILEO has moved from the Republic of Venice to the Florentine Court.The Life Of Galileo (END OF ACT) SETTING: AT RISE: ACT IV Scene 1 GALILEO’S house in Florence. you must go. If you’re not useful. The new says: If you’re not useful. If you’re not useful. then you must go. The new says: If you’re useless. The old says: As I am. then you must go.

no! (She imitates GALILEO. If these discoveries amounted to anything. there’s the Grand Duke already. I never managed to dust the whole of his library which had leather-bound volumes up to the ceiling.” (She hears a knocking downstairs. I knew what I was sating when I told him to give the gentlemen a good dinner first.) Mr.) Must we go up there? I only came because the tutor is ill. a nice piece of lamb. COSMO They don’t believe in the tube. far from it. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The whole town files past this tube and I can scrub the floor afterwards. and no love poems either. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) IVi-58 COSMO I want to see the tube. Galilei and the other gentlemen have returned from the university.com .) Your Highness! (To SIGNORA SARTI. Galileo still at the university! (She runs downstairs and admits Cosmo de’ Medici.The Life Of Galileo SIGNORA SARTI Ever since we arrived in the marvelous Florence I’ve seen nothing but bowing and scraping. But it won’t do us a bit of good. before they start in on his tube. THE LORD CHAMBERLIN Perhaps Your Highness would prefer to wait until Mr.) “I’ve got something better for them. accompanied by the lord chamberlain and two ladies-inwaiting. and upon a nod from SIGNORA SARTI dashes up the stairs.) Goodness. Wouldn’t a man like that know what’s what? The big demonstration today will be another flop and tomorrow I won’t be able to look the milkman in the face. Where is it? SIGNORA SARTI The tube is upstairs in his workroom. Corona. wouldn’t they? For four years I was in service with Monsignor Filippo. (To SIGNORA SARTI. the reverend fathers would know it. Galilei wanted the professors of astronomy to examine the newly discovered stars that he calls the Medicean stars. The South Forty Estate. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) THE LORD CHAMBERLIN (A very old man. And. (COSMO nods. Grand Duke of Tuscany. And the good monsignor had two pounds of boils on his behind from poring over all that learning. Oh. and looks in the window-mirror. points to the staircase.

so they say. But don’t touch it. ? (He points at the telescope. ANDREA COSMO (Sitting down in a chair. I was able to get away early. COSMO Lots of visitors? ANDREA Yes and they stumble about and gape and don’t know beans about anything. GALILEO. (COSMO and ANDREA ceremoniously bow to each other. My boy’s upstairs. The South Forty Estate. takes from behind All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. COSMO I see. COSMO (Entering the room above. It’s nice here. that’s it.com . CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) This place is as busy as a pigeon house. So. Pause. he takes the model on his knees.The Life Of Galileo SIGNORA SARTI Nothing can happen to the young gentleman. It is not allowed.) Good evening. unable to resist the temptation any longer.) That’s the Ptolemaic system. Is that. he ambles about irresolutely. i-59 COSMO And what’s that? (He indicates the wooden model of the Ptolemaic system.) ANDREA (In a manner much like his teacher. Then ANDREA goes back to his work. ANDREA IV- COSMO It shows how the sun moves.) ANDREA Yes. .) My tutor has a cold. Corona. ANDREA (Is becoming quite restless. doesn’t it? Yes. throwing suspicious glances at the strange boy. . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. and at last.

The earth turns around the sun.) But of course it is really like this. Corona.com . Give it back or you will see. you know. COSMO You don’t say! I wish I knew why they didn’t let me go in to see the old man.) the way it really is. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. COSMO I don’t mind giving it back but you ought to be a little more polite. COSMO ANDREA Give it back this minute.) Give it back! You don’t even understand that one! But you do not need two.) That’s the way people think it is and that’s (Pointing at his model. I do. it has been proven. It’s not a toy for little boys. ANDREA You don’t seem to believe it. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Last night he was at dinner as usual. See? You really think so? COSMO ANDREA Of course.The Life Of Galileo the star charts another wooden model representing the Copernican system. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. ANDREA You’re stupid and I don’t care about being polite. COSMO IV-i-60 ANDREA (Pointing at the model on COSMO’S knees. COSMO What is like this? ANDREA (Pointing at the model on Cosmo’s knee. The South Forty Estate. or do you? Why certainly.

looks around and appears disappointed. GALILEO and SEVERAL UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS enter. In the study below. ANDREA We will see who is right and who isn’t. IV-i-61 THE THEOLOGIAN Nothing serious. COSMO I won’t! Ouch! You redhead! I’ll teach you good manners! Redhead? Am I a redhead? ANDRE (ANDREA and COSMO continue to fight in silence. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Behind them FEDERZONI.) THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN Gentlemen. Corona. I hope? No. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. no. Galilei’s extraordinary All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. from accompanying His Highness. Say it turns or I’ll box your ears. The South Forty Estate.com . a slight illness has prevented Mrs.The Life Of Galileo Hands off. May I ask you gentlemen to proceed? The court is so very anxious to hear the opinion of our illustrious university about Mr. Give up! COSMO You’ve broken it! You are twisting my hand.) GALILEO Isn’t His Highness here? THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN His Highness is upstairs. Sarti. His Highness’ tutor. do you hear me? COSMO (ANDREA and COSMO start fighting and are soon rolling on the floor.) ANDREA I’ll show you how to treat a model. THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN (GALILEO enters. by no means.

) As your Highness no doubt knows.) (Upstairs the BOYS lie still.) THE THEOLOGIAN (Seeing the broken Ptolemaic model on the floor. the Ptolemaic system. the movements of the planets are extremely complicated. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Corona. The South Forty Estate. Venus. though it accords with agreement with philosophy. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. We can always expect an epidemic of colds at this time of year. for instance. we astronomers have for some time now been in great difficulty in our calculations. (ALL get up to go upstairs. does not. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. No ground for suspicion.) There seems to have been some breakage here. and delighted that you should be present while I communicate our new discoveries to the gentlemen of your university.com . At the same time GALILEO slyly puts away the other model. We using a very old system that.) IV-i-62 GALILEO (At the telescope. The miasma would freeze at the present temperature. No. unfortunately accord with fact.) No. we are unable to calculate the position of any star accurately in advance. Nothing to worry about! (Salutations upstairs!) GALILEO Your Highness! I am so extremely pleased. (GALILEO sketches on a blackboard the epicyclic course of Venus according to Prolemy. is supposed to move something like this. including ANDREA. there’s nothing to worry about. According to this old system.) But if we predicate these complicated movements. They have heard the sounds from downstairs.The Life Of Galileo instrument and those marvelous new stars. (COSMO bows formally in all directions to ALL. The worst danger in these situations is panic. (COSMO stoops quickly and hands the model politely to ANDREA. The faculty of medicine has declared that the cases in the inner city can’t possibly be plague.) COSMO Here they come! Let me up! (The BOYS quickly get up!) THE GENTLEMEN (As ALL file upstairs. We do not find it in the place where it should be.

According to my observations. you would be convinced. BALLAD SINGERS (Continue to Sing growing louder and louder in a chant while conversations continue. please sit here. if you simply looked. is requested. Is It Important”] (Song intertwines with speeches. We should like to request the pleasure of a disputation. [Music Cue #25: Spirit “Who Is Authority. the truth unknown lies. If it is agreeable. through my telescope. Can such planets exist? Or is this some fantasy wish? BALLAD SINGERS (Sing in a chant while conversations continue. These are certain movements of the stars that the Ptolemaic system does not account for. and you would see for yourselves.) Who is the authority? Who is the authority? MATHEMATICIAN (Sings. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. of this strange situation. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. my child.) Who is the authority? Who is the authority? Authority! Authority! Who is the authority? Who will it be? Which man clearly sees? If only man could fly.) A formal disputation! A formal disputation.The Life Of Galileo Furthermore there are stellar motions for which the Prolemaic system has no explanation at all. BALLAD SINGERS (Continue singing in a chant while conversations continue. Will it be uncovered under a stone? All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Corona.) Kindly. I’m afraid it will not be so simple. is requested.) THE PHILOSPHER (Sings. let us be humble. certain small stars I have discovered describe motions of this kind around the planet Jupiter. Signor Galilei. known as the Medicean Stars? ANDREA (Pointing to the stool in front of the telescope.) Who is the authority? Who is the authority? IV-i-63 GALILEO I should hope. The South Forty Estate. the Medicean stars.com . would the gentlemen care to begin with an observation of the satellites of Jupiter. before we apply ourselves to your famous instrument.) Thank you.

as it goes without saying that in the view of the ancients no star can revolve around any center other than the earth and that there can be no stars without firm support in the sky. doesn’t understand Latin. I.) Here. The South Forty Estate. of course. only. You are familiar with the ancients? That stars only. . Corona. at least according to these great men.com . yes.) Aristotelis divini universum .The Life Of Galileo Or will we have to look up high to uncover it in the sky? To whom must we listen? Who will win this case of what is really up in space? Who is taller? Who is bigger? Who has the mind to really figure? (Sing.) Yes. would humbly like to raise the question regarding these heavens you see a far regardless of whether such stars are possible. revolve around the earth. Isn’t that clear? THE PHILOSOPHER (Spoken. a proposition that the mathematician (He bows to the mathematician. . only. . Federzoni.) Basta! Basta! Basta! Basta! Basta! Time! The Fathers! The Church! Time! In-Stru-Ments! Basta! Basta! Who is the authority? Who is the authority? The telescope! The telescope! The telescope! The telescope! An instrument . I. and in fact. as a philosopher should like with all due modesty to raise this question: Are such stars necessary? (Sings. and. querie! IV-i-64 GALILEO (Spoken.) Does it matter whether he understands us? All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. You are aware. . as a philosopher. not one. of course.) seems to doubt. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) And. THE PHILOSOPHER (Spoken. can be unsupported. . I. . yes. Mr. from the possibility of such stars. please. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. querie! Aristotelis divini universum .) Yes. that not one. in their heaven? GALILEO (Spoken. or so. what does it prove or behove? (Spoken.) Oughtn’t we to continue in the vernacular? My colleague. ANDREA THE MATHEMATICIAN (Sings. quite apart.

CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) Is it important? Is it important? I ask you? Who is the Authority? Is it important that he understands us. Signor Galileo. just listen . yes.The Life Of Galileo (Sings. it is important. yes. The South Forty Estate. I Insist. Corona. not to disturb its harmony. not to. is it important. (Sings.) Yes.) I insist. . Yes. mystically musical spheres. it is important. my child. who is the Authority. and what we do? GALILEO (Sings. yes. and what we do? Is it important. it is an edifice of such order and beauty that we shall be well advised not to.) I beg your pardon. but this is your house and my resilience. I shall fight the temptation not to resist. It is important. that he understand us. i-65 IV- BALLAD SINGERS (In a soft chant. I ask you again. I tell you. It is important that he understand us.) If Signor Federzoni insists . It is important. . conversations continue. the mysteries of its tables of satellites and the wealth of stars in the catalog of the southern hemisphere and the inspired construction of the celestial globe . and with the oblique angle of the sun’s course.com . (Spoken. ANDREA Signor Federzoni is a lens grinder and a scholar. with each singer taking a line. and what we do.) Who is the authority? Who is the authority? Authority! Authority! Who is the authority? Who will it be? Which man clearly sees? Is it important. . he is important! THE PHILOSOPHER (Spoken. . The cosmos of the divine Aristotle with its . So do not amuse yourself with my friend or make him your fool. . for always you will lose. I say. oh yes indeed! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. . He is a friend. THE PHILOSOPHER The debate will lack in brilliance. . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. . . THE PHILOSOPHER (Spoken.) Thank you. its crystal vaults and the gyrations of its circular courses of its heavenly bodies. I thought he was your lens grinder and not a scholar. well . GALILEO (Sings.) You must resist. .

) One might be tempted to reply however I feel you are trying to be very sly.) I would prefer and it certainly would be much more to the point. if you were to tell us your reasons for supposing that there can be free-floating stars moving about in the highest sphere of the immutable heavens. GALILEO (Spoken. I think.com IV-i-66 . would you please care to observe those impossible and unnecessary stars of lightness though the telescope for yourself? Just look. if you would be more inscrutable! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. call it what you want. Your rather unreliable tube. showing what cannot exist. telescope. it could be fixed.) It would be much more suitable. That unreliable tube may consist and possess powers. (Spoken. just look. And. GALILEO What do you mean by that? THE MATHEMATICIAN (Sings. or even possibly hexed. that your telescopes’ magical delight may be causing a delusion with my sight. the truth unknown lies.) Your Highness.The Life Of Galileo If only man could fly. just look.) What do you mean by that? I can’t believe what you have said. Galilei. Will it be uncovered under a stone? Or will we have to look up high to uncover it in the sky? To whom must we listen? Who will win this case of what is really up in space? Who is taller? Who is bigger? Who has the mind to really figure? GALILEO (Spoken. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. You will see things you will never see in a BOOK! THE MATHEMATICIAN One might be tempted to reply that if your tube shows something that cannot exist it must be a rather unreliable tube. The South Forty Estate. Corona. Mr. Your Highness. Your Highness. have you lost your head? Have you lost your head? Have you lost your head? THE MATHEMATICIAN (Sings. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. my dear man. just look.

GALILEO (Spoken.) You think we painted the Medicean stars on the lens? GALILEO (Spoken.) This debate is getting absurd. I believe must be halted blight-ly.) Reasons. for going against the authorities.) In the name of God.com . Galilei. The South Forty Estate.) It would be difficult to scarcely be put more politely. THE PHILOSOPHER (Spoken. are two quite different things. . THE PHILOSOPHER (Sings. one might suggest that what you have gathered in your tube and what is in the heavens. (Spoken. nightly. THE MATHEMATICIAN (Spoken. Corona. and with my calculations I can demonstrate the phenomenon.) My reasons? (Sings. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Because when I look through your telescope. a simple look. (Spoken. . as un-slightly and absolutely not right-ly. For what you see in that tube. Please give us your reasons.) All it takes is a simple look at these stars. stars are able to move wildly throughout the space. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. as reasonable men. all it takes is a simple look at the stars themselves . You’re presuming. your reasons.The Life Of Galileo Signor Galilei. I don’t see what you’re seeing.) If it were not to be feared that you would get even more excited than you are. in the name of God. Mr. the sky. accusing me of fraud? Are you accusing me disrupting God? IVi-67 All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. reasons! (Sings.) Use your reason! Use your reason! Reason that higher part of your being. I have found with my instrumentations. if you could give us your reasons. that this matter must not be taken lightly. For assuming that in the highest regions of the immutable heavens.) held bridly! Please give us your reasons. for going against the authorities. sir. are you accusing me of fraud? Are you really. you’re presuming. I say.) Heaven is where God lives and the Heavens do not move! FEDERZONI (Spoken. (Spoken.

) THE YOUNGER LADY-IN-WAITING They say you can see the scales of the Dragon with this instrument.The Life Of Galileo BALLAD SINGERS (Chanted!) Basta! Basta! Basta! Basta! Basta! Time! The Fathers! The Church! Time! In-Stru-Ments! Basta! Basta! Who is the authority? Who is the authority? They are important.) COSMOS (Turning to the ladies-in-waiting. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. The gentlemen are only wondering whether they really and truly exist. the authority. is a most severalty. I can see my gems and they are way past Mars. (ALL bow deeply to the GRAND DUKE.) Your instrument however. . THE OLDER LADY-IN-WAITING (To the GRAND DUKE. The South Forty Estate. No doubt about that! THE PHILOSOPHER (Spoken. destructive device that has doubtlessly been very cleverly constructed. FEDERZONI All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. regarding the existence of our universe system that neither you nor anyone else would ever dare to grace stars with the illustrious name of the ruling house if there were the slightest or remotest doubt of their existence. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.com . you oppose! THE PHILOSOPHER (Spoken.) And we are fully convinced. whether we call it your own or your adoptive child.) Your Highness’ your stars are fine.) They say one can see the cloak on Orion.) We wouldn’t dream of accusing you of fraud! In the presence of His Highness. of his royal. Signor Galilei. Corona. (Pause. Galileo. kind. . you see. Highness! THE MATHEMATICIAN (Spoken. Where lies the great hunter still stalking the lion. what does it prove or behove? Oh.) My stars! My stars! Is there something wrong with my stars? ONE BALLAD SINGER (Sing. tetherly. COSMOS There cannot be something wrong with my stars. The telescope! The telescope! The telescope! The telescope! How important does it be? An instrument .

that interestingly strange. of course.) SIGNORA SARTI What’s got into you? What is wrong with you? ANDREA They’re stupid! They’re stupid! They’re stupid! (Tears himself loose and runs off. truth telling? Telescope! (Very quietly to audience. Corona. you see! But they may not be. SIGNORA SARTI. How important is it to the Authority! Who is really the authority? Those who think they are. gentlemen. of course! THE MATHEMATICIAN Certainly! Of course! [Music Cue #26: Spirit “Who Is Authority. Suddenly ANDREA turns around and walks stiffly out through the length of the room. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. of course.) A deplorable child! THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN Your Highness.) THE PHILOSOPHER (Stately. of course. may I remind you that the state ball will begin in three quarters of an hour? THE MATHEMATICIAN Why beat about the bush? Sooner or later Mr.) The telescope! The telescope! The telescope! The telescope! A mere instrument! What does it prove. his planets revolving around Jupiter. The South Forty Estate. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Galilei will have to reconcile himself and face up to the facts.The Life Of Galileo Yes. of course. the real authority! (Pause. Is It Important”] Chorus Only BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. his mother intercepts him. would All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. His moons of Jupiter. are important. COSMOS There cannot be something wrong with my stars! IV-i-68 GALILEO Are you gentlemen going to look through it.com . what naught! THE PHILOSOPHER Certainly! Certainly! Of course. or behove.) Oh. or not? I haven’t time for this silliness. and you can see all sorts of things on the Bull.

The Life Of Galileo pierce through the crystal sphere with a giant crack! That’s all there is to it. Galilei. facts held in the hand. don’t you understand. I’m in the habit of reading Aristotle now and then. GALILEO I’m used to seeing the gentlemen of all faculties close their eyes to all facts and act as if nothing had happened. and they quote Aristotle. and they smile.com . GALILEO (Almost obsequiously. I know this matter all seems quite queer! IV-i-69 MATHEMATICIAN Any textbook will tell you otherwise. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. I do. Gentlemen. from time to time. It is all very simple! FEDERZONI There are no crystal spheres. I humbly beseech you to trust your own eyes and your own virility. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Do you now understand? FEDERZONI Then we need new textbooks so it won’t be confusing because this debate to me has gotten absurdly amusing. I do. belief in the authority of Aristotle is one thing. and my mind. observable facts.) You dope! THE MATHEMATICIAN All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. today we have hope with the telescope? Aristotle had no telescope! The man had no telescope! (Quietly. I do. But what if you observed these motions? Wouldn’t that suggest to you that the spheres do not exist? What if the crystal spheres do not exist and the stars are free to move around becoming lovers. my good man. The South Forty Estate. I make my telescope available to help them see themselves. THE MATHEMATICIAN My dear. my distinguished and esteemed colleagues and I are supported and base our evidence by no less an authority than the divine Aristotle’s assuming. though it may seem dreadfully old-fashioned to you. FEDERZONI Even if Aristotle was a great man. are another. Oh. I show them my calculations. trust my eyes. Have you got that perfectly clear? Any textbook.) Gentlemen. You say that according to Aristotle there are crystal spheres up there and that certain motions are impossible because the stars would have to pierce the spheres. THE PHILOSOPHER Your Highness. and I can assure you that when I read Aristotle I do. Corona.

) Just please tell me. not.) continuation of this discussion seems superfluous. not of anyone else’s mind. Basta! As far as I am concerned there is no more desire! [Music Cue #27: Spirit “Truth”] GALILEO (Sings. (Pause. The South Forty Estate.) If Aristotle. stop pretending to be ignorant. most assuredly not.The Life Of Galileo Exactly! Most assuredly. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) Time! The Fathers! The church! Time! Time! Time! Instruments! The Telescope! A fine instrument so some say.) Truth is the child of time.com . most assuredly not.) Truth is the child of time. Why should we still want to be so clever when at long last we have a chance of being a little less stupid? I’ve had the unspeakable good fortune to lay hands on a new instrument with which we can observe a tiny corner of the universe a little more closely and clearly. Basta! Basta! Basta! Who is the authority? Who is the authority? The real authority! [Music Cue #29: Spirit “Truth”] GALILEO (Sings. Make use of it!!! Make use of it!!! Make use of it!!! [Music Cue #28: Spirit “Who Is Authority. I refuse to take part in irrelevant arguments. don’t just don’t put me on the spot. Ignorance is infinite.) Our ignorance. at least to me.) THE PHILOSOPHER All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Ignorance is infinite. so please my fellow man. not of anyone else’s mind. have you created a devious trick? THE PHILOSOPHER (Grandly. an authority acknowledged not only by all the scientists of antiquity but by the holy church fathers themselves. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. is to be dragged through the mire. stop pretending to be ignorant. Corona. (Sings. Is It Important”] BALLAD SINGERS (Chant and slowly fade out. a IV-i-70 THE PHILOSOPHER (Cont. most assuredly not. it never ceases to amaze me. (Speaks. Let’s whittle away and reduce it by just one cubic millimeter. I say.

) Where will all this end? Who will win? Who stands in truth. to saturate our mind. the truth can lead to all sorts of things! BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) Where. The South Forty Estate.) Where? Where? Where? THE PHILOSOPHER (Sings. may be the real truth. THE PHILOSOPHER (In wild alarm.) I submit that as scientists we have don’t ask.com . this truth might lead us to God knows where. Oh where. . I ask myself where . to encumber. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) Where will the truth lead to in time? Where will the truth lead to in time? Where will the truth lead to in time? PHILOSOPHER (Spoken. the child of time. I can only wonder what all this will lead to. GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. where the truth will lead. and that will lead us to all truth in time.) We don’t ask where truth will lead! We allow the truth to embellish.) Lead! Lead! Lead! GALILEO (Sings. ever. BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. Oh where. We just must know that what we find.The Life Of Galileo Your Highness. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. is the truth. Oh where! God knows where!!! PHILOSOPHER (Spoken.) Yes. In a rage!) Signor Galilei. . Corona. is the truth. ladies and gentlemen.) Your truth will lead us to God knows where! BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. We cannot do so. The truth will lead us there. IV-i-71 GALILEO (Sings. that should be in all minds.

. But they have never been seen before. THE PHILOSOPHER After what we have heard here today. all over Italy.The Life Of Galileo (Spoken. And. Gentlemen. I have no doubt that Signor Galilei will indeed find admirers in the shipyards. Those people taught me many new ways of doing things. on nights like this one. dying doctrines! FEDERZONI You are teachers. The moons of Jupiter don’t lower the price of milk.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. IV-i-72 GALILEO Your Highness! My work in the great arsenal of Venice brought me into daily contact with draftsmen. most of them without fear as to where it will lead them . Fancy that! Oho! Oho! Oho! THE PHILOSOPHER GALILEO I am very much like our seamen who left our shores a hundred years ago. Corona. you ought to back him up. THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN Your Highness. but the news that doctrines believed to be unshakeable are beginning to totter. Your Highness must rest a while before the court ball. You ought to support him in that! It’s not the motions of some remote stars that make Italy sit up and take notice. I trust what I have found! It looks as if we have to go to the shipyards nowadays to find the high curiosity that was the glory of ancient Greece. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The COURT quickly prepares to leave. They may not read books but they trust the testimony and evidence of their five senses. THE PHILOSOPHER I wish your man there would keep out of a scientific debate. without the slightest idea of what other shores. architects and instrument makers.)Your Highness. I note to my great dismay that this exceedingly instructive conversation has taken a little longer than foreseen and has exceeded its schedule. The South Forty Estate. The man in the street will conclude that a good many other things may exist if only he opens his eyes. if any. we oughtn’t to be defending shaky. . telescopes are being directed at the sky. You ought to be doing the shaking.com . they might reach. the GRAND DUKE bows to GALILEO. at the heavens. and yet they exist. (At a signal. and we all know that of these there are far too many. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.

Father Christopher Clavius.) GALILEO (Running after them. not of anyone else’s mind. Ignorance is infinite.) Would you care for a pastry. Your Highness? (The OLDER LADY-IN-WAITING leads the GRAND DUKE away.) Truth is the child of time. stop pretending to be ignorant. Corona. GALILEO Oh goodness.com . The South Forty Estate. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.The Life Of Galileo SIGNORA SARTI (Stepping in the way of the GRAND DUKE and offering him a plate of pastries. Astronomer-in-Chief at the Papal College in Rome. Let truth be told in time. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. (BLACKOUT) (END OF SCENE) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. What happened to reason? What is wrong with these human beings? Why can’t they see the truth? [Music Cue #30: Spirit “Truth”] GALILEO (Sings.) But all you gentlemen need to do is look through the instrument. please! IV-i-73 THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN His Highness will not fail to obtain an expert opinion on your statements by consulting our greatest living astronomer. Just look through it.

They sent us home. And there is three more dying in the hospital. Early morning. GALILEO continues his investigations.The Life Of Galileo ACT IV Scene 2. GALILEO Virginia! Is anything wrong? VIRGINIA The convent is closed. last night our market was roped off. (Calling out!) Signora Sarti! GALILEO VIRGINIA And. GALILEO is bending over his notes at the telescope.com . VIRGINIA comes in with a traveling bag. They say two people have died in the old city. A IV-iia-74 SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: GALILEO’S study in his home in Florence. Corona. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Undaunted even by the plague. The South Forty Estate. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. There are five cases of plague in Arcetri. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.

Take Virginia and Andrea. ANDREA Why? If you don’t tell my why. Virginia? VIRGINIA The plague.com . I’ll go get my notes. SIGNORA SARTI My God! I’d better pack. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) Go right outside. I’ll join you in a minute. are you ready? SIGNORA SARTI VIRGINIA SIGNORA SARTI GALILEO (Wrapping the telescope in a tablecloth. VIRGINIA All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Before leaving he insisted that Mr. SIGNORA SARTI (Comes in. Signor Galilei. We’ll wait for father. I won’t go. It is the plague. One of the GRAND DUKE’S LACKEY’S enter.) Put Virginia and Andrea in the coach.) What are you doing here. my child. (Sits down. they’ve hushed it up until the last minute. SIGNORA SARTI (To VIRGINIA and ANDREA. Corona.) GALILEO No need to pack. The coach will be here in two minutes. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Here take this coat. The South Forty Estate. SIGNORA SARTI puts a coat on ANDREA as he runs in and goes to get some food and bedding. (GALILEO hurries back to the table and gathers his papers in great haste.) IV-iia-75 LACKEY His Highness has left the city for Bologna because of the raging disease.The Life Of Galileo GALILEO As usual. Galilei should be given an opportunity to escape. you two.

The children will be taken care of in Bologna. I don’t think I should leave.The Life Of Galileo No. SIGNORA SARTI In another hour they won’t let anyone leave the city. very pale. the coachman will just drive away. you know all my notes of the last three months I might as well throw them away if I don’t go on with them for a night or two. You must come! (Listens.com IV- . Virginia. without her bundle. GALILEO Signora Sarti.) He’s driving off! I’ve got to stop him.) GALILEO Don’t stand around like that! The coach with the children will leave without you. The South Forty Estate. Corona.) (GALILEO walks back and forth. I’ll come later.) Signor Galilei! The coachman says he won’t wait.) Help him with his books or he won’t come. Galilei! Come this minute! You are out of your mind. we won’t leave without you. They had to hold Virginia down. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. SIGNORA SARTI (Calls out from the house door. If no one gets in. The plague is no joke. iia-76 SIGNORA SARTI Mr. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. SIGNORA SARTI They’ve left. VIRGINIA (Protesting as SIGNORA SARTI leads he and ANDREA out. (Out. But who’d get you your meals? All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Everything is in such a muddle here. The carriage is here. SIGNORA SARTI returns. GALILEO You go with Virginia and Andrea. And anyway the plague is everywhere. SIGNORA SARTI GALILEO Be reasonable. You’ll never be ready if you start packing your books.

) Sisters. THE FIRST NUN Only the shops in the lower city are open. TWO NUNS are passing by. GALILEO comes out of the door and looks down the street. I have powerful enemies.) You mustn’t take me for a fool. . (CURTAIN) (END OF SCENE) SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: ACT IV Scene 2. I’ve got to supply proofs for certain propositions. GALILEO (Addresses the NUNS. But it’s not reasonable.com . . Early morning. I can’t interrupt my observations. could you tell me where I can buy milk? This morning the milk woman did not come. SIGNORA SARTI You do not need to apologize. Outside. B IV-iib-77 GALILEO’S house in Florence.The Life Of Galileo GALILEO You’re crazy. Staying in the city to cook! . CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. (Takes up his papers. Signora Sarti. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Corona. The South Forty Estate. and my housekeeper is away.

mumble an Ave Maria and run.) THE SOLDIERS Get back in that house! (With their long lances they push GALILEO back into his house.com .) IV-iib-78 (CHILDREN come down the street. As GALILEO turns around. The South Forty Estate. Corona. Up there! She must have known. TWO SOLDIERS in full armor come rushing in. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) THE WOMAN (Screaming. (The MAN shakes his head.) This is the street! (The TWO NUNS cross themselves. A MAN passes. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) Aren’t you the baker who brings us our bread? (The MAN nods. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. That is why she left you. A window across the street is opened and a WOMAN looks out.) Have you seen my housekeeper? She must have gone out last night.) GALILEO (At a window.) GALILEO (Addresses the BAKER. When they see GALILEO they run away screaming.) Run! Quick! They’ve got the plague! (Frightened the MAN runs away!) GALILEO Do you know anything about my housekeeper? THE WOMAN Your housekeeper collapsed in the street. She hasn’t been here all morning. they bolt the door behind him.The Life Of Galileo THE OTHER NUN Did you come out of this house? (GALILEO nods.) Can you tell me what’s happened to the woman? THE SOLDIERS They take ‘em to potter’s field. How can people be so inconsiderate? (She bangs the window shut.

GALILEO Just like them! Their whole system of government is like that. The SOLDIERS leave. Corona. You beasts! You beasts! (Her sobbing and screaming are heard from inside. my son sent me a note. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) The whole street balk there is infected. that’s all. THE OLD WOMAN You mustn’t say that. We’re all well here. THE OLD WOMAN The firemen won’t touch it is there is any suspicion of plague. again. There’ve been eleven cases in the neighborhood during the night. GALILEO I can’t forgive myself for not sending my housekeeper away in time. Stop! Stop! Can’t you hear? My husband’s gone to the city. Thank God he heard last night that someone had died around here. The South Forty Estate. because when she saw me All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. I had urgent work to finish. An OLD WOMAN appears at another window. so he didn’t come home. Why don’t you close it off? (THE SOLDIERS stretch a rope across the street. but she had no reason to stay. He won’t be able to get back.) THE WOMAN But now nobody can get into our house! Don’t put your rope there. They’re helpless. Who would take us in? You mustn’t reproach yourself. She left this morning at about seven o’clock. She was sick. THE OLD WOMAN We can’t go away either. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. They curse us off like a withered fig branch that is stopped bearing fruit. I saw her.com .) GALILEO There seems to be a fire back there. All they can think about is the plague.The Life Of Galileo THE WOMAN (Appears at her window. GALILEO Are you alone in your house? IV-iib-79 THE OLD WOMAN Yes.

People told me . Didn’t you go away? GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Hey! Hey! THE OLD WOMAN Maybe they will bring us something. GALILEO Hey! Hey! Somebody ought to hear us. .) GALILEO You can’t just let us starve here. (GALILEO roars with laughter. Corona.com . I suppose she didn’t want your house to be sealed off. The South Forty Estate. But they get wise to everything. (Suddenly ANDREA stands at the rope.) GALILEO THE OLD WOMAN They’re making noise to drive away the clouds that carry the seeds of the plague. I can put a pitcher of milk on your doorstep.The Life Of Galileo step out to bring in the bread she circled around me. If they don’t. if you’re not afraid. His face is stained with tears. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. you! The street is closed and there is nothing to eat in the house! (The MAN has already run away.) iib-80 Andrea! How did you get here? IV- ANDREA I was here this morning. What is that? (A rattling sound is heard. but not until after dark. I knocked.) GALILEO Hey. . but you didn’t open.) How can you laugh? (A MAN comes down the street and finds it roped off.

Virginia went on. Maybe your mother is there ANDREA I’ve been there. The South Forty Estate. And once they caught me.com . What do you think of that? I can show you the whole thing with a little ball and a lamp. She’s too sick. I’ll go to Rome and show them. sobbing. (ANDREA is quiet now. or you won’t understand. You know what? When all this is over. You must go to the Ursulines. But I managed to jump out. I’ve found out a few things in the meantime. Can I come in? THE OLD WOMAN No. Shall I tell you? (Andrea nods. IV-iib-81 (TWO MUFFLED MEN with long poles and buckets come down the street. GALILEO (Softly. Please don’t be angry. GALILEO Did you walk the whole way back? You’ve been gone for three days. And.) But listen carefully. ANDREA I did. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. You know.) Don’t cry Andrea. Remember when I showed you the planet Venus? Don’t listen to that noise. Corona. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. ANDREA That’s how long it took.The Life Of Galileo too.) I didn’t stop her from leaving. you cannot.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. It proves that Venus has no light of its own either. I saw it as a halfcircle and I saw it as a crescent. isn’t that marvelous? ANDREA (Sobbing!) Yes. But they wouldn’t let me see her. GALILEO (Helpless. ANDREA Will they have to believe you now? GALILEO I’ve got all the proofs I need. Remember? You know what I saw? It’s like the moon.) But of course if I hadn’t stayed it wouldn’t have happened. With the poles they hold out bread to GALILEO and THE OLD WOMAN in their window. and that is a fact. it describes a simple circle around the sun. It’s nothing.

1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. The South Forty Estate. his mouth covered by a cloth.com . Corona. (The TWO MEN shrug their shoulders. GALILEO I’ve nothing to drink There’s no water in the house.) Who knows what tomorrow might bring? (CURTAIN) (END OF ACT) ACT V V-i-82 All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) Will you be back tomorrow? THE MAN (With a muffled voice.The Life Of Galileo THE OLD WOMAN There’s a woman with three children over there. Give her some too. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.

poor Mother Earth’s hitting the bottle again.) Yes. turn. are in groups. High ecclesiastics. the research institute of the Vatican in Rome. Night. When these leaned men do stop to learn. The Collegium Romanum research institute of the Vatican confirms Galileo’s discoveries. scholars. Permit me to hold on tyou. The ole hag is dead drunk.) I’m dizzy. But they believe that the earth spins round like marble in the gutter.com . Gave Galileo Galilei his approval. professor. the servant of God.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Galileo Galilei A FAT PRELATE (Holding his belly with laughter. (He pretends to stagger and holds on to a scholar. monsignor? A FAT PRELATE That will be believed. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. alone. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Before the scene opens bursts of boisterous laughter is heard. never fear. Santa simplicitas!!! A MONK (Acting out a comedy. Clavius upheld. we are pleased to say. Great merriment prevails the mood. (He grabs hold of someone else. A SCHOLAR What about the proposition that you have an unconquerable aversion to food. Corona.5”] BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. someone give us a proposition that will not be believed. Clavius.) This has the world not often seen.) Oh Stupidity! Oh Stupidity! Please. The earth is turning too fast. They will believe it!!!! Only reasonable statements that make sense are not believed! The existence of the devil is being doubted.The Life Of Galileo SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: Scene 1 1616: A Large Hall in The Collegium Romanum. monks. the teachers themselves to learning. Galileo stands on one side. The South Forty Estate. church dignitaries.) THE SCHOLAR (Joining in the fun. Things take indeed a wondrous scene. [Music Cue #31: Spirit “Nr.

I say. ANOTHER SCHOLAR Venus is on the incline. again. the eighth.. Help! (A cluster of monks is forming who with much laughter pretend to be on a storm-tossed ship. the sphere of the fixed stars.com .) THE SECOND MONK If only hope we don’t get thrown on the moon. It was rather larger and brighter than its neighbors and a year and a half later it was gone. THE FIRST MONK And. Brothers. The South Forty Estate. Stop! We’re sliding off! Stop. Corona. Are all the claims in the last fifty years to be taken at face value? In 1572 a new star appeared in the highest sphere.) Not us! A MONK THE FIRST ASTRONOMER V-i-83 THE SECOND ASTRONOMER What’s to come of it all! I can’t understand Clavius .The Life Of Galileo THE FIRST MONK Stop. they say it bristles with sharp mountain peaks! THE FIRST SCHOLAR Steady yourself with your feet.) What monkey business in the Collegium Romanum? Impossible! Dizziness! (Bursts of laughter. . . CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. struggling to avoid being thrown overboard. Two astronomers of the Collegium come out of a door. don’t look down! I’m getting dizzy! I feel as sick as a monkey! THE FAT PRELATE (Pointedly loud in Galileo’s direction.) Still investigating? It is a scandal! (Angry. Is that any reason to question the eternal immutability of the heavens? PHILOSOPHER THE All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. I can only see half of her behind. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. overtaken by perdition. Quiet sets in as silence falls.

the greatest astronomer of Italy and of the church. Corona. It met with no resistance.com . lower himself to investigating such stuff! Scandalous! THE FAT PRELATE THE FIRST ASTRONOMER But there he is.) What does the Book say? What say the scriptures? “Sun. the positions of the celestial bodies. a Dane. they’ll destroy and smash up the whole universe around us. How can the sun stand still if it never moves as these heretics claim? Does the Book lie? No. that is what the world is coming to! Five years later. to get a lunar eclipse three days behind schedule or to miss out on eternal salvation altogether? A VERY THIN MONK (Steps forward with an open Bible. determined the trajectory of a comet. V-i-84 THE FIRST ASTRONOMER Yes. but does man need to understand everything? All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. the material carriers of all movable celestial bodies. THE SECOND ASTRONOMER Principuiis obsta! The whole trouble began years ago when we started using the tables of Copernicus – a heretic – for calculating such things as the length of the solar year.The Life Of Galileo If we let them. There he sits. and that’s why we’re leaving! THE FIRST ASTRONOMER THE SECOND ASTRONOMER There are phenomena that present perplex difficulties to us astronomers. in the valley of Ajalon. and thou. stand thou still upon Gibeon. Tycho Brahe. The South Forty Estate. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. investigating. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. the dates of solar and lunar eclipses. It started above the moon and broke through all the spheres. Is that any reason to doubt the existence of the spheres? THE PHILOSOPHER Out of the question! How can Christopher Clavius. fanatically stabbing his finer at a passage. moon. Its light was not deflected. A MONK I ask you: What is better. gaping through that devil’s tube.

There are sun.) The insolence of the man! The impudence! (A very old CARDINAL comes in. and stars. and then let it fall to the floor. The South Forty Estate. he’s God’s highest and most beloved creature. insignificant. played with it. every child knows that. Indeed! THE FIRST SCHOLAR (To GALILEO. The others reverentially make room for him. that’s what we’ve learned and what the Book says. the earth itself. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. animals plants. but we live on this earth. supported by a monk. GALILEO (Who took his pebble from out of his pocket during the preceding speech. Man. Galilei moves man from the center of the universe and banishes him to somewhere on the edge. a wandering star. now is just the sky.) Dropped Monsignor? No. they pack onto a car and chase through a circle in an V-i-85 THE VERY THIN MONK (Cont. Corona. you’ve dropped something. But now they tell us that heaven itself is transient. I hear this Mr. no longer exist. it didn’t drop. that we know.) empty sky. it rose up to me.) THE VERY OLD CARDINAL Are they still in there? Can’t they get this trivial foolishness dispensed with any faster? Surely Clavius knows his astronomy.The Life Of Galileo (Both ASTRONOMERS go off. There’s no longer any difference between above and below. One day they’ll be saying there’s no difference between man and beast that man himself is an animal and only animals exist. as he stoops to pick it up. THE FAT PRELATE (Turns his back on him. and heaven. but now according to them.com .) Signor Galilei. they say. Heaven and earth. the earth is just another star. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Obviously he’s an enemy of mankind. far-away star that’s constantly on the move eternally moving? Would He have sent His Son to such a place? How can there be men so perverse as to believe these slaves of their mathematical tables? How can any one of God’s creatures put up and endure with such a thing? All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. That we are transient. Earth because it is now just a star in the sky. His masterpiece and supreme effort on a little. ought to be treated as such. between eternal and transient.) THE VERY THIN MONK They degrade the very home of mankind. moon. Would God have put His most marvelous work. because it is made up of many earths. they saying it is a planet. And. Man is the crown of creation.

so you are the man? You know. which was created to illumine my surroundings. in order that God may see me and behold me. speaks to a MONK. the image of God. (He collapses.) Oh. revolve the fixed stars and the mighty sun. I don’t see too well anymore. (At this moment the door in the rear is opened and the great CLAVIUS comes in at the head of his ASTRONOMERS. . without a word or a glance aside.) THE VERY OLD CARDINAL What happened? Has there been a decision? All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. fixed to eight crystal spheres. the man whom we burned a few years ago? V-i-86 THE MONK Your Eminence. THE VERY OLD CARDINAL (To GALILEO. The South Forty Estate. on me alone. Hence obviously and irrefutable. because everything depends on me. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. imperishable and . Quickly. I am in the center. THE VERY OLD CARDINAL revives. .) THE MONK Your Eminence has you have overtaxed yourself. . . it has no motion.) You want to degrade our earth. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. the creature in the center. THE VERY OLD CARDINAL (Brushing him off.) The gentleman is present. near the exit upon leaving. Around me. to GALILEO. I will not have it! (He pushes the monk out of the way and struts proudly back and forth. I walk with a firm step with assurance on a firm earth. it is the center of the universe. man. the supreme work of God.) He’s right. And myself as well. and the Creator’s eye rests on me. CLAVIUS (He goes out followed by his ASTRONOMERS. that stands still. but I can see that you look remarkably like the man – what was his name again. though you live on it and receive all manner of everything from it. You are befouling your own nest! But I for one will not stand for it.) I’m not some nondescript inconsequential being on some little inconsequential star that briefly circles around somewhere for a time. Corona. The door in the rear remains open. he traverses the hall without looking to right or left. and. Deadly silence. The doctor .com .The Life Of Galileo THE FAT PRELATE (In a soft undertone. you mustn’t excite yourself. immortal.

com . perturbed and bewildered.) (CURTAIN) (END OF SCENE) (INTERMISSION) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. In the doorway he meets a tall CLERIC. you must let them take you home.) GALILEO (Trying to hold him back. (Out. ALL leave the hall.” You have prevailed. Before going out. GALILEO bows. but reason. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. before Father Clavius left. (The VERY OLD CARDINAL is helped out.) Signor Galilei.) DOORKEEPER (Whispering back. Corona. accompanied by an ASTRONOMER. a member of CLAVIUS’ investigating commission. GALILEO is leaving too.The Life Of Galileo (No one dares to tell him.) THE MONK Your Eminence. the Cardinal Inquisitor! (The ASTRONOMER leads the CARDINAL INQUISITOR to the telescope. he said: “Now the theologians can see about setting the heavenly spheres right again. reason has won! (The LITTLE MONK has already left. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The South Forty Estate.) V-i-87 THE LITTLE MONK (Furtively. A LITTLE MONK.) Reason has won! Not I.) His Eminence. the CARDINAL INQUISITOR. he whispers a question to a DOORKEEPER. stops beside GALILEO.

com .): The house of Cardinal Bellarmine in Rome. Early evening. GALILEO accompanied by his daughter VIRGINIA and her fiancé LUDOVICO MARSILI is received by an applauding group of MASKED LADIES and GENTLEMEN. Corona. VIRGINIA I won’t dance with anyone else but you. and only made one small request. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Your shoulder clasp is loose. The South Forty Estate.The Life Of Galileo ACT VI Scene 1 March 5. VI-i-88 SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: [Music Cue #32: Spirit “Nr. He wined and dined him as his guest. 1616 (The Inquisition places the Copernican doctrine on the Index. A ball is in progress. In the vestibule. where TWO ECCLESIASTICAL SECRETARIES are playing chess and exchanging observations about the guests.6”] BALLAD SINGERS/CHORUS (Sing. A Cardinal asked him to his home. Ludovico.) When Galileo was in Rome. LUDOVICO GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.

The South Forty Estate. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. don’t’ set it straight. Your tucker.) It’s beating! I want to look beautiful! VIRGINIA GALILEO You’d better. or else they’ll start doubting again that the earth revolves. For preciously it shows others and me too some deeper disorder. (Out. I myself probably look like a paunchy overweight Adonis. VIRGINIA (To GALILEO. you attract a wanton glance. In the candlelight of the swirling ballroom. (To the COUPLE. LUDOVICO What do you mean the earth revolves? It doesn’t revolve at all.) GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) I’m to wait here for the cardinal.The Life Of Galileo (Sing. GALILEO Everybody agrees that it’s easy to look beautiful in the Roman spring. But after tonight all of Rome will be talking about your daughter. (To the SECRETARIES. (GALILEO laughs. daughter.) Fret not. the hairdresser on Via del Trionfo took me first and made four ladies wait. if perchance.com .) All Rome is talking of nothing but you.) Feel my heart. Lovely woman still may be careless with felicity. He knew your name right away. VI-i-89 GALILEO (Puts his hand on her heart. Corona. The eyes that catch a trembling lace will guess the heartbeats’ quickened pace. It makes them dream of darker coigns in the expectant park. is askew.) VIRGINIA Father. Thais. sir.) Run along and enjoy yourselves! (Before VIRGINIA and LUDOVICO reach the ballroom in the rear VIRGINIA skips back once more to see her father. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.

the Soldanieris. steered by his MONK.) How can you go on playing chess the old way? Too confined.com . (The VERY OLD CARDINAL of the previous scene crosses the stage. If you live grandly. my friend. The Orsinis. You mustn’t keep hugging the shore. Rome. passes him by. The South Forty Estate.) [Music Cue #33: Spirit “Summer”] MALE BALLAD SINGER/S (Spoken with Harmony Song in Background.) I who have seen the summer’s roses die and all their petals pale and shriveled lie. That gives you plenty of room and you can plan ahead. the Lecchis. and the queen like this and this.) GALILEO It’s the other way round. Cardinal Bellarmine and Barberini. He notices GALILEO.) Their Eminences. the larger pieces can range over many fields.) uncertainly and greets him. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. – Big Party? GALILEO THE FIRST SECRETARY It’s the first carnival after the years of plague! All the great families of Italy are represented here tonight. spoken by one boy with a vocal harmony hummed in background by group of boys. . All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. the Nuccolis. . the Colombinis . I know the truth: How evanescent is the flower of youth. We can only afford to move like this. gentlemen. The beginning of Lorenzo de’ Medici’s famous poem about the transience of the world is heard from the ballroom. (He makes a short move. Upon the chilly ground. As it’s played now. the Estensis.) and the bishop like this. you can get away with anything. The rook goes like this (He demonstrates it. the Villanis. Corona. GALILEO sits down. one fine day you must venture out on the high seas. the Canes.The Life Of Galileo (To the SECRETARIES playing chess. You must go with the times. then turns VI-i-90 (Cont. THE FIRST SECRETARY It doesn’t fit in with our small salaries. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. THE SECOND SECRETARY (Interrupts.

Your Excellency. and the sun goeth down. the people shall curse him. and what does Galileo say? GALILEO When I was this big. We only dislike teachings that contradict the Bible. his satellites of Jupiter are hard nuts for our astronomers to crack. Bellarmine. then let’s use them. to wit. cannot be observed! Very clever! On the other hand. BARBERINI Clever! Clever! What we see. that the stars in heaven are turning. We disapprove only of doctrines that put scripture in the wrong. And what is true.). Barberini. the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. They hold respectively a lamb’s and a dove’s mask mounted on sticks before their faces. – “He that withholdeth corn. VI-i-91 BELLARMINE We must go with the flow of the times.” BARBERINI “He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city. this high! (He shows with his hand. that the earth turns. Unfortunately. Your Eminence. Bellarmine.) “The sun also ariseth. (He waves a greeting to the ballroom.) “Doth not truth and wisdom cry?” All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. witness ship and shore.) GALILEO Scripture. and I cried out: “The shore is moving away!” Today I know that the shore stood still and the ship moved away.) BARBERINI (Pointing his index finger at GALILEO.” (Pause. The South Forty Estate.” So says Solomon. once read a little bit astronomy. and hasteth to his place where he arose. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.” Proverbs of Solomon! BARBERINI “A prudent and wise man concealeth knowledge.The Life Of Galileo (Enter CARDINAL BELLARMINE and CARDINAL BARBERINI. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. It clings to you like the itch and is more difficult to get rid of than the itch. If star charts based on a new hypothesis make navigation easier for our seamen. I too. need not be so.com . to wit. Corona. I stood on a deck of a ship.” GALILEO “But a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs of Solomon! GALILEO Where no oxen are.

This is a scientific discussion among friends.) then He would have constructed our brains like this too (He repeats the same course of motion. crime and weakness. the legend goes. He’s silent. good! Are you sure. my friend. In return. Corona. from conversations with my learned friend Bellarmine to three or four ladies of international reputed reputation. Consider the cruelty of those who have their peasants whipped half-naked around their estates in the Campagna and the stupidity of the wretches who kiss their feet in return. my dear friend Galileo! You remember the founding of Rome? Two little boys. All around us we see nothing but falsehood. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Very well. GALILEO follows reluctantly. received milk and shelter from a she-wolf. in simple motions that commensurate and can comprehend with your minds. if God had created the world like this (He retraces BARBERINI’S course of motion. my friend Galilei. GALILEO BARBERINI (To the SECRETARIES. May I show them to you? (He leads GALILEO toward the rear to show him the ballroom. (Laughs and returns to the balustrade.) No? He prefers a serious discussion. And from that day to this one all the shewolf’s children and all of us have had to pay for their milk. that you astronomers aren’t simply just trying to make astronomy a little easier for yourselves? (He leads him back to the front. downstage. No answer. The South Forty Estate.) What would become of your calculations then? GALILEO Your Eminence. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) You like to think in circles or ellipses and in equal uniform velocities. isn’t it?). BELLARMINE Consider for a moment the intellectual effort it cost the church fathers and many after them to make some sense out of this world (Abominable. He’s too polite to say he considers mine inadequate. the shewolf provides all manner of pleasures.com . spiritual and worldly. goes only so far. however.) to enable them to recognize these motions as the simplest possible. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) I believe in reason.) Don’t take anything down.The Life Of Galileo BARBERINI “Can one go upon hot coals. and his feet not be burned?” – Welcome to Rome. I believe in reason! VI-i-92 BARBERINI I find reason inadequate. Where is the truth? (Angrily. But what if God had been pleased to make His stars move like this? (He moves his finger through the air in a very complicated course with varying velocity in the air.) BELLARMINE Reason.

I have been charged to admonish you to relinquish this opinion. Is that wise? GALILEO (Launching into an explanation. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. that a master plan is being followed. Corona.) Repeat that! GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. according to which the sun is the center of the cosmos and motionless.) Signor Galilei. VIi-93 GALILEO But. . the Holy Office has decided tonight that the doctrine of Copernicus.) which we cannot understand to a higher being. the interpretation of the Bible is the business of the Holy Church? (GALILEO is silent!) Quiet. (To the FIRST SECRETARY. gentlemen. Not that our minds are set entirely at ease. absurd. when it’s perfectly clear to you. . BELLARMINE We’ve transferred the responsibility for such conditions (The very stuff of life. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. we say that certain purposed are served thereby. I am cautioning you to renounce this opinion.com . But now you come along and accuse this supreme being of not knowing how the planets move. . BELLARMINE But. wouldn’t you say that after all. at last? (BELLARMINE makes a sign to the SECRETARIES. He’s incorrigible! In all innocence he accuses God of being the biggest bungler and one of the juiciest boners in the history of astronomy! I suppose God didn’t study hard enough or work hard enough at His astronomy before He wrote Holy Scripture? My dear friend! BELLARMINE Don’t you think it likely that the Creator knows more about His creation than any of His creatures? That He knows more about His creation than the created. whereas the earth moves and is not the center of the cosmos. The South Forty Estate.The Life Of Galileo GALILEO Shameful! On my way here I saw . BARBARINI He’s really dreadful. is inane. and heretical. . after all.) I’m faithful son of the church . man can misinterpret not only the movements of the heavenly bodies. but he can misrepresent the stars as easily as he can the Bible as well.

has determined. that the teaching of Copernicus According to which the sun is the center of the universe.) His Eminence. Is absurd. They ALL listen. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. sung by boys. . that the teaching of Copernicus According to which the earth revolves around the sun According to which the earth is not the center of the universe.The Life Of Galileo What does this mean? (From the ballroom another verse of the poem is heard. absurd and heretical. . has determined. GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Is Heretical. Is foolish. to the aforesaid Galilei: [Music Cue #35: Spirit “The Holy Office”] THE BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. BELLARMINE .) [Music Cue #34: Spirit “Summer”] BALLAD SINGERS/ MALE “I said. Is Heretical.according to which the sun is the center of the universe and unmoving and the earth revolves around the sun and is not the center of the universe. The South Forty Estate. THE BALLAD SINGERS (Cont. . that the teaching of Copernicus. Corona. According to which the sun is unmoving.) The Holy Office. It has determined! VI-i-94 THE FIRST SECRETARY The Holy Office has determined that the teaching of Copernicus . . I am charged with cautioning you to renounce this opinion. The Holy Office. Pluck the roses while it’s May.com . Cardinal Bellarmine. Is foolish. Is absurd. the seasons do not stay.) The Holy Office. . CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) THE FIRST SECRETARY (Speaks. It has determined! The Holy Office. has determined. is foolish. that the teaching of Copernicus. has determined.” (BARBERINI motions GALILEO to keep quiet while the singing continues.

BELLARMINE I can’t wait to introduce Italy’s greatest mathematician to the commissioner of the Holy Office who has the highest regard and the most profound respect for you. BELLARMINE Is completely assured. . of Jupiter. GALILEO In other words. GALILEO But the satellites. Signor Galilei. None of us seriously believes that you wish to undermine man’s trust in the Church’s authority.com . . and is guaranteed.The Life Of Galileo What about the facts? I understand that the astronomers of the Collegium Romanum have confirmed my observations.) Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. the moons. Science is the legitimate and most beloved daughter of the church. BARBERINI speaks. VI-i-95 BARBERINI Really? Oh? (Laughing heartily. Then with a sharp look at him. In keeping with the church tenet that we cannot know but we may investigate and do research. he slaps GALILEO’S on the back. all further scientific research . We need you more than you need us. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. (Again BELLARMINE greets guests in the ballroom. BELLARMINE The Holy Congregation has arrived at its decision without taking these particulars into account. the phases of Venus . GALILEO (Angrily. Nor shall we. . Signor Galilei.) To invoke trust too often is to exhaust it. BARBERINI All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. .) You are at liberty to deal with this doctrine and accept this teaching as a mathematical hypothesis. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Corona. not unkindly. The South Forty Estate. Galilei. BELLARMINE And expressed their profound satisfaction. my friend. in a manner most complimentary to you which you should find most flattering.

) THE CARDINAL INQUISITOR Has the interview taken place? FIRST SECRETARY (Mechanically.) The minutes. . my friend.The Life Of Galileo (Taking one of GALILEO’S arms. looking around for someone. It’s my mask that allows me a little freedom tonight. She was betrothed today to Mr. (The SECRETARIES write eagerly. we should have to invent Him. contrary to the rules. you may even hear me murmuring: “If God did not exist. should have come here in disguise – as a respectable doctor of scholastic philosophy and academic tradition. Two YOUNG LADIES wearing masks cross the stage and curtsy to the CARDINAL INQUISITOR. (A SECRETARY hands the CARDINAL INQUISITOR the minutes and he sits down to skim through them.) Signor Galilei went on to tell us about the new method of playing chess in which.) Whereupon he is transformed back into a lamb! You too.) FIRST SECRETARY Did you get the last sentence? SECOND SECRETARY Almost. (The INQUISITOR motions him to skip it. Poor Galilei has none.) First Signor Galilei arrived with his daughter. . Enter VIRGINIA.” Well. . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. (They take GALILEO between them and lead him into the ballroom. I am putting it down.com . THE SECOND LADY (The LADIES giggle and leave.) What was that part about his believing in reason? (Enter the CARDINAL INQUISTITOR. THE CARDINAL INQUISITOR (Again beckons “no”.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) Who’s that? THE FIRST LADY VI-i-96 The Cardinal Inquisitor. the pieces are moved over many squares. When I wear it. Corona. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. let’s put our masks on again. The South Forty Estate.

has been computed to measure approximately two thousand earth diameters. for the innovators.regard our present ideas about the importance of our good earth as somewhat exaggerated. Eminence. a sage of antiquity. the entire crystal globe with the earth at its center. There’s so much to be done and prepare for the wedding. Your. I really know practically nothing about these things or matters. especially if one happens to be a great man. tenders his right hand. THE CARDINAL INQUISITOR Ah.) THE CARDINAL INQUISITOR A glorious and superb night! Allow me to congratulate you on your engagement. I’m glad to hear it. that is. VIRGINIA approaches.) You’re very kind.The Life Of Galileo THE CARDINAL INQUISITOR (From his corner. Corona. A woman of flesh and blood in such surroundings makes all the difference. or so I hear. They maintain. The South Forty Estate. Well then. then you’re returning to Florence with your father. the whole of creation. and kisses his ring. I suppose they don’t eat fish in the fisherman’s house. It will amuse your father to hear that.) Well.) present day. my daughter? VIRGINIA (With a little startle as she has not seen him. I should say. Quite a lot of space. It must be so easy for a man to lose himself in the universe among all those very immense stars.) Oh. VIRGINIA (Breathless.) Well. I imagine your father needs you. but not enough. (Leafing through the minutes. Your fiancé comes of a distinguished family. kneels down. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Will you be staying with us in Rome? VIRGINIA Not just yet. Your. Mathematics is a cold companion.com . from the age of Ptolemy. without looking up. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Eminence. (The CARDINAL INQUISITOR. not nearly enough. THE CARDINAL INQUISITOR Indeed? Really? (He laughs. one of the greatest . when it comes right down to it you learned what you know about the heavenly bodies from me. to the VIi-97 THE CARDINAL INQUISITOR (Cont. that the universe extends further than we can imagine or conceive and that the All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. your.) I read here that our innovators whom acknowledged your father as the leader – a great man. Eminence.

but don’t forget to give Father Christopher my very best regards. I wonder whether if I know you father confessor . Now. my dear child.The Life Of Galileo distance between earth and sun – a rather considerable distance. came very close to taking offence at such a picture of the world. it’s all very amusing. and they dance to THE SOUND TRACK FOR “NOW WE’RE MOVING. (VIRGINIA after a deep curtsy leaves quickly. . we always thought – is so negligibly small when compared with the distance between our poor earth and the fixed stars on the outermost crystal sphere. (VIRGINIA laughs. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. LUDOVICO grabs her. The gentlemen of the Holy Office are worried that a prelate or even a cardinal might get lost in such enormous spaces. to be sure. No mortal is too great to be included in a prayer. compared to which our old picture is a mere miniature that might well be hanging from the charming neck of a certain young lady. Corona. I’m glad that you’ll be staying with your eminent illustrious father. Yes. indeed. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. not always. and you may find it difficult to believe just now. You’re very young and so very much alive.) THE CARDINAL INQUISITOR And. The CARDINAL INQUISITOR.” ALL dance. God Almighty Himself might even lose sight of the Pope himself. not so long ago. too. But I’m keeping you. VIRGINIA THE CARDINAL INQUISITOR Yes. . my dear child. Ursula. no. to your dance. perhaps you can’t conceive of such a thing. and the gift of greatness bestowed is not always an easy thing to bear for those to whom God has given it. But even so. you hurry back to the ball. of course. I’m glad you’ll be accompanying your father. but the time will come. and perhaps I’m even making your fiancé jealous and as well as your father too by telling you something about the heavenly bodies – which may. none of us. The South Forty Estate. whom we all hold in the highest esteem.com . that there is no need whatever to consider it in our calculations. full of life. Well. Why. He will need you soon. GALILEO watches quietly. be quite obsolete. Father Christopher of St.) VII-i-98 (CURTAIN) (END OF ACT) ACT VII All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. laughs. Yes. our innovators it seems live on a very grand scale. certain gentlemen of the Holy Office.

1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Afternoon. he wanted to know.com . GALILEO listens to the LITTLE MONK. So. repeated Father Clavius’ remark to him in a whisper. Corona. The Monk. GALILEO That might be a good thing if it led you to admit that two times two is sometimes makes four.7”] ONE BALLAD SINGER (Sings. how he wanted to know. GALILEO Speak up! Speak up! Let’s hear! Let’s hear! The cloth. VII-i-99 All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Yes. you wear entitles you to say whatever you please and want. who after the session of the Collegium Romanum. Oh. how one. knowledge finds He wanted to know. Signor Galilei. In a conversation. The Monk was born of common folk. The Monk was a poor peasant’s child. It was of science. Signor Galilei. was he wanted to know. THE LITTLE MONK I’ve studied mathematics.) Galileo read the proverb. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The South Forty Estate. [Music Cue #36: Spirit “Nr. That Galileo. and The Little Monk spoke. Galileo had a young monk come to visit him. the habit. The Monk he wanted to know. Galileo feeling grim. it was all about science. All that the Monk wanted.The Life Of Galileo SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: Scene 1 Palace of the Florentine Ambassador to Rome. Yes it was entirely about science.

GALILEO I can assure you that such motives are quite well known to me. call them the instruments of torture. and I’ve decided to give up astronomy. but even in their misery there is a certain order in their imagined land. So I decided to say mass this morning and come to see you. of the powers the Church has at its command? GALILEO Don’t beat about the bush: just call them as they are. but I’d like to speak of other motives. They knew all about olive trees. They’re very poor. GALILEO To tell me that Jupiter has no moons. Still. I hope you don’t mind and forgive me if I talk about myself. I can’t figure out how to reconcile the decree of the Holy Office that I’ve just read. I felt I had to acquaint you with the motives that compel me. eating their meal of lasagna and cheese. THE LITTLE MONK Yes. The South Forty Estate.com . various routines such as scrubbing the floor. My parents are peasants. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. but very little else. with the moon satellites of Jupiter that I have seen. As I observe the phases of Venus. You’re thinking of certain exceptional means of pressure exerted by the church. I see distinctly their work worn old hands. and the little spoons they hold in them. to desist from pursuing a certain doctrine and abandon research on a particular subject. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. (A pause of absolute silence. I recognized the wisdom of the decreed. There’s even a routine in the calamities that descend on them that are disasters. I see the beams over their heads.) I grew up as the son of peasants in the Campagna. blackened by the smoke of centuries. no satellites? THE LITTLE MONK No. It showed me the inherent danger of unrestricted inquiry can be to mankind. I can see my parents in front of me sitting by the stove with my sister. There are cyclic rhythms. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. tending the olive trees in their seasons and paying taxes.The Life Of Galileo THE LITTLE MONK For three nights I haven’t been able to sleep. even though I’m an astronomer. THE LITTLE MONK I understand your bitterness. Corona. Signor Galilei. simple people.

they will say. In that case. may prove themselves in their great or small roles with their passion. What would my people say if I were to tell them they were confined living on a small chunk of stone that moves around another star. I can see how cheated and betrayed they feel. bursting All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. such as the simple sight of the soil. even to eat. old and exhausted as we are. no one is watching over us after all. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. effort means no more than bending and carrying. so let them kiss the cassock. and no necessity but the necessity of working oneself to death amid overflowing. Must we. one among many or more or less significant? What would be the good or necessity of their patience. I can see them slowly rest their spoons on the table. Corona. patience.) GALILEO Goodness of soul! Don’t you simply mean that there’s nothing left. there is no virtue in it. a sense of continuity and necessity they get from what others may consider mundane. the players. the wine’s been drunk. that the whole worldwide stage. of their acquiescence in their misery? What would be the good of the Holy Scripture that explains everything and demonstrates the necessity of all their sweat. Then STOPS as GALILEO begins to speak. I can see their eyes waver with fright. it becomes a little more bent with every spring he works in the olive grove. it is no longer a test of strength. only this wretched unplanned role on a tiny.com . their lips are parched. around which nothing turns? There is no sense in our misery. is the feeling of stability. to bear children. of their little church building. just as my mother at regular intervals becomes more VII-i-100 THE LITTLE MONK (Cont. What gives them the strength to sweat their way up stony paths with heavy baskets on their backs. untaught. hunger and submission. But why is there nothing left? Why is there no order in this country but the order in an empty drawer. the actors. Can you understand now that in the decree of the Holy Congregation I discern a noble motherly compassion. turning incessantly in empty space. the pageant of the universe. they might as well. of the trees turning green every year in the spring. earthly miserable. standing there. The South Forty Estate. and from hearing Bible verses read there every Sunday.) and more sexless with every child she bears and behooves. They are assured and have no doubt that the eye of God is fixed upon them. searching. almost anxious. look out for our ignorant selves? No one has given us a part to play. rising to a deafening sound.The Life Of Galileo My father’s back wasn’t bowed all at once. if it turns out to be full of errors? [Music Cue #37: Spirit “My Little Orbs”] (A lute begins to play an instrumental softly “MY LITTLE ORBS”) No. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. is built around them in order that they. insignificant star that is wholly dependent. hunger means no more than going without food. a great goodness of soul? (A rupturing HANS SPIRIT musical interlude occurs. no.

who. Rich man. by enveloping an unassailable foreign body. Virtue is not bound up with misery. my friend. Do you want me to lie to your people? [Music Cue #38: Spirit “Rich Man. no.) Some are born with much. sir. Peter to be in the center of the world! That’s the crux of the matter. If your people were prosperous and happy. works in the sun? I guess I ain’t the rich man.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Why does he put the earth at the center of the universe? Because he wants the Throne of St. I ain’t the rich man.com . Do you know how the Margaritifera oyster produces pearls? By contracting a near-fatal disease. If one is rich. and some are born without. If one is rich. Yes. Poor man. and some are born without. my new water pumps can work more miracles than your preposterous. one must be poor. who. one must be poor.” because your fields are barren and you are decimated by wars. Rich man. who all his work gets done. One man does the work. And don’t talk to me about the beauty of phenomena in the golden halo glow from the face of the aged. If one is rich. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The South Forty Estate. Corona. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. One man does the work. and I reject those virtues. give me the healthy oyster. they could develop the virtues of prosperity and happiness. works in the sun? I guess I ain’t the rich man. It almost dies in the process. slave driving toil. To hell with the pearl. But today the virtues of exhausted people derive from exhausted fields. Poor man. but the peasants of the Campagna. Poor Man”] A BALLAD SINGER (Sings. no. Rich man. You’re right! The VII-i-101 GALILEO (Cont.) Some are born with much.) question is not the planets. superhuman. If one is rich. in a ball of mucus. Rich man. one must be poor. Poor man. one must be poor. for instance. – “Be fruitful and multiply. . Poor man. ALL BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. all his work gets done. If one is rich. who. If one is rich. a grain of sand. while another rests in the sun about. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Sings. while another rests in the sun about. I ain’t the rich man.The Life Of Galileo vineyards and wheat fields? Your peasants in the Campagna are paying for the wars that the Vicar of Gentle Jesus is waging in Spain and Germany. ludicrous.

Poor man. Look out there. THE LITTLE MONK GALILEO You’re also a physicist! And you can see that Venus has phases. while another rests in the sun about.The Life Of Galileo Some are born with much. wood of little use. my friend. . rustic. obscene. the inward peace of our unfortunate people. no persecution. and thieves. birds.) I am the poor man. who. If one is rich. the government authorities offer me the wine that they press in the sweat of their countenance.” Do you think Horace would have let anyone forbid him the footstool and put a table in the poem instead? Sir. I ain’t the rich man. when once a carpenter. All right. If one is rich. Here’s how it starts: “I was a fig tree stump. But do you know the Eighth Satire of Horace? I’ve been rereading him lately. pondering whether to fashion a Priapus or a footstool decided on the God .) He puts words in the mouth of this same Priapus. The South Forty Estate. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. and so on. and some are born without.) The very highest motives bid us keep silent: the peace of mind of the wretched and lowly. Corona. all his work gets done. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. (He points out the window. one must be poor. all his work. One man does the work. which as you know was fashioned in the image of God. (He reaches for a small book. He wasn’t so much of a liar. no. a little statue that used to stand in the Esquiline Gardens. Rich man. who does all the rich man’s work. THE LITTLE MONK (In great agitation. my motives would undoubtedly be rather sordid: an easy life with comfort. GALILEO Would you care to see a Cellini clock that Cardinal Belarmine’s coachman left here in a delivery this morning? You see. If I agreed to keep silent. Rich man. who. Poor man. He gives me a certain balance. VII-i-102 A BALLAD SINGER (Sings.) Can you see the little Priapus by the laurel tree at the well? The god of gardens. as a reward for my letting your good parents have their inward peace of mind. I get done in the sun. a cosmology in which Venus has no phases violates my esthetic sense! We can’t devise new machines for pumping river water if we’re forbidden to study the All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. If one is rich. one must be poor. works in the sun? I guess I ain’t the rich man. we’ll skip that! I too am a son of the Church. I am a priest. .com . two thousand years old. Signor Galilei. all his work.

even without us. How can anyone imagine that the sum of the angles of a triangle runs counter to their needs? But if they don’t rouse themselves and learn how to think. irrigations systems in the world won’t do them any good. he is unhappy.) Are you a physicist. watch the man wolf it down. He wolfs it down. Corona. Damn it. He gobbles it up. THE LITTLE MONK Don’t you think the truth will prevail and truimph. He wolfs it down. do you hear? Ah. the apple. The triumph of reason can only be the triumph of reasoning men. Watch the man wolf it down! He gobbles it up. the seeds that be. if it is the truth? VII-i-103 GALILEO No! No! No! Truth prevails only when we make it prevail. An apple. he be. most beautiful. Nor can I calculate the courses of freely flying moving bodies in such a way as to account.) [Music Cue #39: Spirit “Tree Of Knowledge”] (GALILEO sings. the hapless glutton that suddenly. you see. Yes. an apple. you’re reading already? See. You describe your peasants in the Campagna as if they were moss on their huts. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. for witches riding on broomsticks. just from seeking the apple from the tree. the mechanism of the heavenly bodies. the apple. The South Forty Estate. and to find the truth he needs to seek so he can find the truth.The Life Of Galileo greatest machine before our eyes. for all eternity. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. . He’s got to devour it. the apple Watch the man gobble it up. (THE LITTLE MONK has immersed himself in the papers and is completely engrossed.) An apple from the tree of knowledge! Watch the man. as he cannot stop. The sum total of the angles in a triangle can’t be changed to suit the requirements of the Curia. But don’t read it. but where is their divine wrath and fury? THE LITTLE MONK They’re tired! GALILEO (Throws a bundle of manuscripts in front of the LITTLE MONK. the apple From the tree of knowledge.com . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Watch the man. Man will be damned. . my son? Here you’ll find the reasons for the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tides. I see you’re a physicist. He’s got to bolt it down. I see the divine patience of your people. nor accommodate. the best.

That is what it be. imprisoned deep in the earth under the sea. Corona. It’s a miraculously vice. to find more and more apples and more seeds from the tree.) I don’t understand this sentence. so it be. only the truth. as his obsession now consumes and fills his needs. my dear! How long? How long? How long? How long? I wonder will I be content to be assured to talk only to myself about this matter. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. To talk all night to me as I lie in bed and watch the stars shine bright. if in return I could find out one thing. So they say if we seek.) Knowledge! Knowledge! What is it be? What does it be? To think! To read! To write! Oh. The South Forty Estate. For the answer to the question remains. my mind constantly wonders. bringing peace with knowledge. And a future of truths lets new dreams open abound.) Knowledge! Knowledge! What is it be? What does it be? To think! To read! To write! Oh. and we will see. we will be free. going astray as it strays. his pursuit only leads him to a desire of greed. from the apple. It is a sin. it be. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. a vice that can bring me true insight. THE LITTLE MONK (Points at a passage in the papers. Like a lover. you see. oh disaster. like a traitor: It’s a vice. for no matter where I am. in the tree? The tree of knowledge. in the tree? The tree of knowledge. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) Sometimes I think I’d gladly be locked up in a dungeon ten fathoms below the ground. What is light? What is light? What is the nature of light? And. the new world is found with freedom of a personal decree. simple and pure. So they say if we seek. what does the apple hold for me. we seek. that is what is does. By looking at the past. and To see? To find the truth. I know. we will be free. VII-i-104 GALILEO (Sings. to be sure. so it be. bringing peace with knowledge. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. With the question I ponder. the worst of it is: What I know I must tell others. only the truth. and its seeds. That is what it be. that is what is does. yes. like a drunkard.The Life Of Galileo So. and we will see. from the apple. as it be. And a future of truths lets new dreams open abound. and To see? To find the truth. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. the new world is found with freedom of a personal decree. How long can I go on shouting into empty air – that is the question. By looking at the past. we seek. and it leads to ruin. it be. and its seeds. yes.com .

for the temptations grew too great. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The South Forty Estate. Galileo. FEDERZONI.8”] ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Sings. challenged fate. VIRGINIA and SIGNORA SARTI are sewing bridal linen. he. himself a scientist. and pencil.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. to resume his research in the forbidden field: The Sunspots. This it was for him too long. Galileo. Afternoon Galileo’s pupil’s. (Silence. now a young man. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. GALILEO. THE LITTLE MONK and ANDREA SARTI. too strong. is reading a book. are gathered for an experimental lecture.) i-105 (END OF ACT) VIII- ACT VIII Scene 1 Galileo’s House in Florence. writing. the truth haunting his flesh. of what he knew he did not speak.) With eight long years with tongue in cheek.) After a silence of eight years GALILEO feels encouraged by the enthronement of a new Pope. The music plays from the song “MY LITTLE ORBS”. Corona.The Life Of Galileo GALILEO I’ll explain it to you! I’ll explain it to you! (CURTAIN) [Music Cue #40: Spirit “My Little Orbs” (Instrumental Only) (BALLAD SINGERS walk across downstage with signs that show the passing of the eight years. but making sure no one is watching. [Music Cue #41: Spirit “Nr.com . and with some of the singers holding a notepad. SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: ONE BALLAD SINGER (Speaks. standing. but with his life at stake.

SIGNORA. And. Ludovico loves to have guests. He hasn’t written a book in years.) Father! What is it? VIRGINIA GALILEO VIRGINIA GALILEO Signor Mucuis! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. SIGNORA SARTI VIRGINIA I think he realized that he was mistaken and had made a mistake.” – That means ice again. the LITTLE MONK and other PUPILS look things up in books. a very high ecclesiastic explained a lot of things about astronomy to me. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) MUCIUS Would you tell Signor Galilei that he must see me? He has condemned me without a hearing. the distances are just too great. I must speak to him. ANDREA (Writes the program for the day’s schedule on a blackboard and reads aloud. In Rome. The South Forty Estate. Corona. He appears to be upset. His mother notices and inspects every stitch. Neither is Father Christopher. an iron needle. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. She is not too happy about father’s books. SARTI I’ve told you he doesn’t wish to see you. (He fetches and assembles the various objects while FEDERZONI.) VIII-i-106 (Enter FILIPPO MUCIUS. a scholar in his middle years. Aristotle.com .) “Thursday afternoon: Floating bodies. MUCIUS God will reward you if you ask him again. a bucket of water. But it has got to be right and carefully done. (Goes to the staircase.The Life Of Galileo VIRGINIA Sewing a trousseau is fun. This is for the long dining table. scales.

1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. MUCIUS Signor Galilei. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. GALILEO Don’t talk to me about difficulties! The plague didn’t prevent me from going on continuing with my observations.) has just flown up to the ceiling. I beg to be allowed to explain to you what I wrote in my passage. It’s true. you studied mathematics with us.) What do you want? MUCUIS Signor Galilei.) Get out of my house. The South Forty Estate. I have . I’m afraid. You are perfectly within your rights. (He goes out. I said! MUCIUS (Tonelessly. You have every right to say that this stone (He takes a small pebble from his pocket and throws it down to the ground floor. Corona. But now of course they all say: He’s heard everything Galileo had to say and is forced to admit that everything heard is false and all wrong. . his PUPILS trailing behind him. I .The Life Of Galileo (Looks up brusquely. I feel sorry for the gentlemen. the plague is not the worst. He doesn’t amount to much and no on could pay any attention to him if he hadn’t been your pupil. goes to head of the stairs.) (GALILEO returns to his study. I request permission to explain the passages in my book that seem to indicate a condemnation of the Copernican doctrine that the earth rotates and revolves. VIII-i-107 MUCIUS Signor Galilei.) You are right.com . But to know the truth and call it a lie is criminal! Leave my house at once! (He stares at Signor Mucuis. . GALILEO Let me tell you this: Not to know the truth is just stupid. . SIGNORA SARTI All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) FEDERZONI That’s how it is. GALILEO What is there to explain? You are in full agreement with the Holy Congregation’s decree of 1616. . but we have no authority to make you say that two times two is four.

The South Forty Estate. Why are you laughing? Because I’ve already been! (Very curious. and your father floats little pieces of ice in water. Corona. VIRGINIA SIGNORA SARTI I wanted to talk to you about your marriage.) I know that step.) GAFFONE All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. the Rector of the university. (After a brief pause.) And Ludovico? SIGNORA SARTI VIRGINIA He’s a Leo. I wouldn’t ask him questions about your marriage if I were you. the Rector of the university. however. I do think you should go to a proper astronomer at the university and consult him about your horoscope cast. Not that I know anything. 1600. Anyway. and you have no mother. Virginia. I’m thinking you need to inquire what the future has in store. You’re still such a young thing. That’s not what I had in mind.com . As long as I don’t lose sight of Jupiter. He would say the most dreadful things for a week naturally at meals when the young people are there. because he hasn’t half a scudo’s worth of shame in him. never did have.The Life Of Galileo Father was too fond of him. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. because I’m an Aries/Capricorn (Note – Is this meant to mean there is no value to the horoscopes. as Galileo wrote a horoscope for her and states she is a Libra. I’m only an ignorant woman.) What did he say? VIRGINIA SIGNORA SARTI VIII-i-108 VIRGINIA For three months I must be careful because the sun will be in Aries/Capricorn. (Enter SIGNOR GAFFONE. You mustn’t enter into it blindly. Then you’ll know what to expect. according to the zodiac for the date of birth. but then I get a very good ascendant and the clouds will part. Aug 13. I can go on any journey I please. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) That means he’s sensual. I think. But marriage is a very serious matter.) It’s Signor Gaffone. she should be Leo. (Pause. (She listens.

VIRGINA hands the book to FEDERZONI. don’t disturb him. swarms.” ANDREA On the sunspots! Another one! (FEDERZONI angrily hands it to ANDREA) Listen to this dedication! “To the greatest living authority on physics.com . the heavens.” How can I doubt anything? How many times do I have to tell you I can’t read these books. little hands. you people look through them and observe the sky.) GALILEO What’s it about? FEDERZONI I don’t know.) ANDREA In Paris and Prague they’re saying they’re vapors from the sun. I said “Hm. Corona. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) “De Maculis in Sole. on tiptoe. I’m the lens grinder. (Spelling it out.) I’ve read the treatise by Fabricius in Holland. Signor Galilei? (GALILEO does not answer. but “maculis. of stars passing between the earth and the sun. He believes the spots are clusters. FEDERZONI VIII-i-109 Hm. I grind lenses. (In his anger of rage he All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. I’ll just put the book in your lovely. FEDERZONI Kindly leave me out of this conversation.) ANDREA – (Cont. and steal away. THE LITTLE MONK Isn’t that doubtful. The South Forty Estate. please. ANDREA Federzoni has his doubts about that. just disappear.The Life Of Galileo Just thought I’d bring you a book that might be of interest to your father.” that’s all. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. and what you see is not spots. (GAFFONE goes out.” (GALILEO has immersed himself once more in his book. I can’t help feeling that every minute taken from that great man is a minute stolen from Italy. Galileo Galilei. But for heaven’s sake. they’re in Latin.

right under the roof. All of Europe wants your opinion. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.com . floats. The South Forty Estate. but on whether it is lighter or heavier than water.) All right. what’s heavier.The Life Of Galileo gesticulates with the scales. GALILEO Exactly! That is exactly “our” proposition. I saw a spot as big as a fly and blurred like a small cloud. sinks. Corona. I find great happiness in it. Why don’t we investigate these sunspots. Andrea! ANDREA We assume that whether a body floats or not depends essentially not on its shape. GALILEO quietly walks over and silently picks it up. Signor Galilei? GALILEO Because we’re working on floating bodies! ANDREA Mother has whole wash baskets stuffed full of letters. VIII-i-110 ANDREA Do you think the spots come into it or have anything to do with it? (GALILEO does not answer. let’s stick to our little bits and pieces of ice. GALILEO Rome has allowed me to build up a great reputation because I’ve kept silent. GALILEO Nor can I afford to be roasted and smoked over a wood fire like a ham. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. It moved. With the great reputation you’ve built up. filmy. you can’t be silent. I wonder why. FEDERZONI But you can’t afford to be silent anymore. With that beam you can catch the reverse image of the sun on a sheet of paper. They can’t hurt or harm you. A thin beam of light comes down through a tiny crack in the tiles. A pan falls to the floor. ANDREA Every sunny day in the last two weeks I’ve crawled up into the attic. What’s lighter than water. What does Aristotle say? GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) THE LITTLE MONK It’s blissful to doubt.

(A piece of ice is handed to him and he puts it into the bucket.) Now I press the ice firmly down to the bottom of the bucket. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Fulganzio! THE LITTLE MONK But why then does it float at all? Ice is heavier than water. flat disk of ice floats in water. What happens? It rises to the surface. or it wouldn’t float. THE LITTLE MONK GALILEO Correct. it cannot divide the water. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. GALILEO Very well.The Life Of Galileo “Discus latus platique . Everything lighter than water floats! Everything heavier sinks! Which is what we set out to be proved! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. . VIII-i-111 GALILEO What if it were diluted water? ANDREA It must be lighter than water. I release the pressure of my hands. according to Aristotle. In rising it seems to be able to divide the water.com . doesn’t ice sink? THE LITTLE MONK Because. GALILEO Aha! ANDREA Just as an iron needle can’t float.” GALILEO Why then. Corona. because it is condensed water. “ Translate! Translate! THE LITTLE MONK GALILEO THE LITTLE MONK “A broad. whereas an iron needle sinks. . being broad and flat. The South Forty Estate.

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GALILEO Andrea, you must learn to think carefully. Give me the iron needle and a sheet of paper. Is iron heavier than water? Yes. ANDREA

(GALILEO places the needle on a sheet of paper and lets it gently slide onto the surface of the water, where it floats. Pause.) What happens? GALILEO

FEDERZONI The needle’s floating! Holy Aristotle, they never bothered to check up on him! (ALL laugh!)

GALILEO One of the main reasons for the poverty of science is that it is supposed to be so rich. The aim of science is not to open the door to everlasting wisdom, but to set a limit to everlasting error. Take that down! VIRGINIA What’s the matter? What is wrong? SIGNORA SARTI Every time they laugh, a fright comes over me. I shiver! I wonder what they’re laughing about. VIII-i-112 VIRGINIA Father says theologians have their church bells and physicists have their laughter. SIGNORA SARTI At least I’m glad he doesn’t look through his tube so much any more. That was even much worse. VIRGINIA No, he only puts pieces of ice in water, which can’t be that terrible. No harm can come of that, I wouldn’t think.
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Who knows? SIGNORA SARTI

(Enter LUDOVICO MARSILI in traveling garb, followed by a manservant with luggage in hand. VIRGINIA runs toward LUDOVICO and embraces him.) VIRGINIA Why didn’t you let us know you were coming? LUDOVICO I was near here in the region inspecting our vineyards at Bucciole, and I just couldn’t stay away. GALILEO (As though nearsighted.) Who is that? Ludovico! VIRGINIA THE LITTLE MONK

Can’t you see him?

GALILEO Oh yes, Ludovico. (Goes toward him.) How are the horses? They’re fine sir. LUDOVICO

GALILEO Sarti, let’s celebrate. Bring us a jug of that Sicilian wine, the old one! (SIGNORA SARTI goes out with ANDREA.) VIII-i-113 LUDOVICO (To VIRGINIA.) You look pale. Country living will do you good. Mother is expecting you in September. VIRGINIA Wait, I want to show you my wedding dress. (Runs out.) Sit down. GALILEO

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LUDOVICO Signore, I hear you have more than a thousand students in your lectures at the university. What are you working on at the moment? GALILEO Routine stuff. The same old things! Did you come through Rome? LUDOVICO Yes. – Before I forget, mother congratulates you on your admirable tact in connection with all that fuss over the sunspot orgy going on in Holland. (Drily.) That’s kind of her. Thanks. GALILEO

(SIGNORA SARTI and ANDREA bring wine and glasses. ALL gather around the table.) LUDOVICO Rome has found a topic of conversation for February. Christopher Clavius said he was afraid the whole earth-around-the-sun circus would flare up again and resurface because of those sunspots. Don’t let it worry you. ANDREA

GALILEO Is there any other news from the Holy City apart from hopes for new sins on my part? Is there any other gossip about how I may be plunging headlong into sin? LUDOVICO (Ignoring GALILEO.) You heard, of course, that the Holy Father is dying? Oh! Who’s mentioned as successor? THE LITTLE MONK GALILEO VIII-i-114

LUDOVICO Mostly Barberini. He is high on the list.
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but stops at the “almost.) GALILEO I see. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.The Life Of Galileo Barberini? GALILEO ANDREA Signor Galilei knows Barberini personally. What are you taking up next? THE LITTLE MONK VIII-i-115 FEDERZONI We’re starting in again. (To LUDOVICO. LUDOVICO Yes. we may live to see the day when we won’t have to glance over our shoulders like criminals every time we say that two times two is four. excitedly. Ludovico. And it’s almost sweet. I have no patience with cowards who speak of indulgences and pleasures as weakness. – I treasure the consolations of the flesh.com . I say: To enjoy yourself is an achievement. LUDOVICO GALILEO I know the vineyard. Federzoni. THE LITTLE MONK Cardinal Barberini is a mathematician.” – Andrea. I love this wine.) I like this wine. Things will start moving. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Corona. FEDERZONI A scientist on the throne of Saint Peter! (Pause. [Music Cue #42: Spirit “Take Your Stand”] All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. The grapes are almost blue. The slope is steep and stony. the ice and bucket and needle. What do you think of it? It’s good. sir. on the earth-around-the-sun circus. The South Forty Estate. now they need men like Barberini who’ve read a little bit of mathematics. clear that stuff away. GALILEO There are little shadows in it.

I hope. It moves.) The Book. Is the Bible right. Oh. BALLAD SINGERS (Sings.The Life Of Galileo ANDREA (Singing in an undertone. It moves. Is the Bible right. I know Galileo he may look old and act a bit cuckoo. the world is awaiting for your command. all his words. for me and you. the world is awaiting for your command. It moves. stand as the truth. The South Forty Estate. Corona. Oh. this earth does move. the world is awaiting for your command. And hold it till its blue. they will take the earth by its ears. come and take your stand.) Even though years have gone by. gets his chance now. come on Galileo. But what is inside his little head. BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. The Bible. The Holy Father takes it by the ears. Oh. It moves. It moves. Oh.) To prove the standing of those who don’t believe. It moves. plus the Pope says so too. come and take your stand.) Even though years have gone by. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. It moves.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.com . It moves. come and take your stand. Oh. but this earth still moves. As all his thoughts. And each learned doctor thinking it is definitely proved. or Galileo’s sight? Or is he simply insane? It moves. Cause his long time coming to reveal the truth is long overdue. come and take your stand. It moves. so Galileo says. the question remains the same. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. ANDREA (Sings. will tell the world a tale of two. come on Galileo. or Galileo’s sight? Or is he simply insane? It moves. and holds it fast. It moves. come Galileo. I hope. the question remains the same. says the earth stands still. VIII-i-116 (ANDREA. I do. Yet. Galileo. so Galileo says. the world is awaiting for your command. I hope. FEDERZONI and THE LITTLE MONK hurry to the workbench and clear it off. to prove this to be not true. come Galileo.

these sunspots do interest me. Ludovico? I said I did. Knowledge will be a passion. LUDOVICO GALILEO LUDOVICO You really like it? (Stiffly. Corona. marriages are not decided or arranged by sexual considerations alone. and research a delightful pleasure. Don’t be so common. Barberini is on the ascendant. GALILEO Would you go so far as to accept a man’s wine or his daughter without asking him to give up and abandon his profession? What has my astronomy got to do with my daughter? The phases of Venus don’t affect my daughter’s rear end. How would you like that.The Life Of Galileo ANDREA We might even find out that the sun revolves and turns too. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. SIGNORA SARTI Don’t be so vulgar.) Now. Marsili? What’s all the excitement about? LUDOVICO SIGNORA SARTI You’re not going back to those hellish abominations again.com . You like my wine. Signor Galilei? GALILEO (Ignoring SIGNORNIA SARTI. I know why your mother sent you here. The South Forty Estate.) In families like mine.) I like it. Clavius is right! Yes. I’ll get Virginia! LUDOVICO (He holds her back. GALILEO Did they prevent you from marrying my daughter for the last eight years because I was on probation? Am I the reason for your delay? VIII-i-117 All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. sir.

Andrea. GALILEO In other words. And then we’ll be able to answer all those letters. Andrea? SIGNORA SARTI “Pretty near!” fifty times that man weighs his silly pieces of ice. LUDOVICO GALILEO Andrea. sir. get the brass mirror and the screen! We’ll project the sun’s image onto it to protect our eyes. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. fifty times over. THE LITTLE MONK All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. you signed a pledge. to stay away from. The South Forty Estate. pretty near. you mean your peasants won’t pay their rent if the lady of the manor is insufficiently saintly or isn’t sufficiently pious? In a way! You might say so. swallows it. but when something happens that suits his purposes he believes. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Corona.The Life Of Galileo LUDOVICO My wife will also have to cut a figure on our village Church! She must take her place in the family pew. That’s your method. (ANDREA and THE LITTLE MONK get the mirror and screen. Fulganzio.) LUDOVICO Years ago in Rome. if His Holiness should die. the next Pope – no matter who he is or how much he loves science – will have to take account of how much the country’s leading important families love him. We’ll proceed methodically. – Lay a squared grid over the screen.) LUDOVICO Signor Galilei.com . and never again to get yourself involved in this earth-around-the-sun circus business. won’t we. SIGNORA SARTI Had! His Holiness isn’t even dead yet! GALILEO Pretty near. a document. GALILEO Oh well. blindly! (The screen is set up. Oh that! We had a reactionary Pope in those days.

but two months ago. still holding the pitcher. It’s just more than I can bear or handle. God made the human brain. If I lose my eternal salvation because I stand by a heretic. three quarters of the year my mother and I live on our estate in the Campagna and I can assure you that our peasants lost no sleep and are completely not disturbed over your treatises on the moons of Jupiter. some understanding. VIII-i-118 SIGNORA SARTI All right. (The MANSERVANT picks up the luggage. but you have no right to trample all over your daughter’s happiness with your big feet and stupidity! (Gruffly. but I knew. Signor Galilei. like dumb animals! You have no idea! You can’t imagine. It worked for a while. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. that’s my business. A rumor that somebody’s seen a pear growing on an apple tree makes all of them run away from their work to gab and babble on and on about it. Ludovico. no. though. I ran out and lit a candle to St.) SIGNORA SARTI She’ll never get over this.com . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. The South Forty Estate. to control yourself. When we’re alone together you show some sense. put the luggage back in the coach. You set yourself against the authorities and they gave you a warning once. Galileo. but two days of “experiments” and you’re as bad as ever. (SIGNORA SARTI runs out. They work too hard in the fields. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. you say you’ve got to behave.) LUDOVICO I see you’ve made your preparations. The greatest cardinal spoke to you the way you’d speak to a sick horse. because it’s dangerous. right after the Immaculate Conception. Don’t forget that those poor pitiable. God will allow physics. They really are just brutes. Corona. brutalized wretches get everything mixed up. I’ve watched my son fall into sin for the sake of these “experiments” and “theories” and “observations” of yours and I haven’t been able to do anything about it. It might upset them. Joseph. no. nor have I said anything.) Get the telescope! GALILEO LUDOVICO Giuseppe. now let me tell you something. You can tell her yourself. the great Feast of the Annunciation. and goes out.The Life Of Galileo God made the physical world. I caught you sneaking back to your “observations” going so secretly in the attic! I didn’t say anything. if they heard that frivolous attacks on the holy doctrine of the Church were going unpunished.

) He’s threatening you.) Really? GALILEO VIII-i-119 LUDOVICO Animals. For our new ideas we need people who work with their hands. but you have no idea how much effort it takes to raise all these things – all the supervision! GALILEO Young man. I might stir up his peasants to think new thoughts. but a lever: The earth moves because the sun moves it. FEDERZONI How? They don’t know or read Latin! GALILEO I could write in the vernacular for the many instead of in Latin for the few. Signor Galilei. (Calls toward outside. THE LITTLE MONK GALILEO Yes. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. you have a marvelous brain. your sister at the olive press won’t be much surprised – she’ll probably laugh – when she hears that the sun is not a gold escutcheon. Are you coming? ANDREA GALILEO You whip more than hounds to keep discipline. Corona. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.com .The Life Of Galileo (With interest. those bastards would rather thank God than the baker. mother has to have a hound whipped in front of their eyes to remind them of civility. flowering corn fields from your traveling coach. you may occasionally see blossoming. (Amazed. The South Forty Estate. don’t you.) You’re wasting my time. Too bad! What a pity. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. You. I never eat my olives absent-mindedly. or absent –mindedly eat our olives and our cheese. (Rudely.) Is the screen ready? Yes. and his servants and his overseers. Who else wants to know the causes of everything? People who never see bread except on their tables have no desire to know how it’s baked. Marsili? LODOVICO Signor Galilei. discipline and order and good manners. But the men who make the bread will understand that nothing can move unless something moves it. Fulganzio. keeping me from my work. When they come up the manor with a trifling complaint.

The South Forty Estate. (He goes.) Our best regard to all the Marsilis! LUDOVICO ANDREA VIII-i-120 FEDERZONI Who tell and demand the earth to stand still so their castles won’t fall off! And to the Cencis and Villanis! The Cervillis! The Lecchis! The Pierleonis! ANDREA FEDERZONI ANDREA FEDERZONI ANDREA Who’ll only kiss the Pope’s foot as long as he tramples the people with it! THE LITTLE MONK (Also at the instrument apparatus. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. At any time! Good day.The Life Of Galileo LUDOVICO You’ll always be a slave to your passions. I think. Convey my apologies to Virginia. GALILEO And now let’s start observing these spots in the sun which interest us – at our own risk. if I don’t see her just now. . Corona.com . fully aware of the danger involved. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. and not counting too much on the protection of a new Pope . GALILEO The dowry is at your disposal. It’s better.) The new Pope will be an enlightened man. . ANDREA All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.

when every other hypothesis has gone up in smoke. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. maybe it’s spots. we’d do better to assume they’re fishtails.8”] Instrumental Only. And if there’s something we hope to find.The Life Of Galileo (Interrupting. we’ll regard it with particular distrust when we do find it. then there will be no mercy for those who have never observed or researched anything. we shall start allover again from scratch and question everything from the beginning. Accordingly let us approach our observation of the sun with the inexorable resolve to prove that the earth stands still! Only after we have failed.) But fully confident of dispelling Mr. my aim is not to prove that I’ve been right. and not write it down again until we find it a second time. and of proving that the sun rotates! GALILEO Being reasonably confident that the sun rotates. but before we assume that they’re VIII-i-121 GALILEO – (Cont. I say: Abandon hope. but crawl at a snail’s pace. We won’t rush ahead with seven-league boots.) I have got to know! I have to.) VIRGINIA Father! You’ve sent him away! (She faints. but to find our whether or not I have been. And what we find today we’ll wipe from the blackboard tomorrow. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. ANDREA and THE LITTLE MONK rush to her aid. (In silence they begin their examinations. though it would suit us quite nicely if they were. as a HANS SPIRIT SCORE is heard in the background. Yes. after we have been totally and hopelessly defeated and are licking our wounds in utter dejection. then a lute player. I knew it when you didn’t recognize Mr.) But then. Corona. all ye who enter upon observation. When the flaming image of the sun appears on the screen VIRGINIA in her bridal gown runs in. Take the cloth off the tube and focus it on the sun! (He adjusts the brass mirror. Maybe it’s vapors.) THE LITTLE MONK I knew you had taken up your work again. and an assortment of instruments come forth for that will lead us to the All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Fabricius’ star shadows and the solar vapors of Prague and Paris.) spots. GALILEO [Music Cue #43: Spirit Nr.com . and yet go on running off at the mouth talking. The South Forty Estate. Marsili. (MUSICIANS come out one by one. First out is a drummer. only then shall we begin to ask whether the earth does not indeed move! (With a twinkle.

) In the course of these last ten years Galileo’s doctrine is disseminated among the common people. The South Forty Estate.) SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: (CURTAIN) (END OF SCENE) ACT XIII Scene 2 Carnival of 1632. They carry bundles. as we do here in Florence. In the carnival of this year 1632 the guilds in many Italian cities take astronomy as the theme for their carnival processions.The Life Of Galileo market place of the next act. Corona.com . a drum and other props.) Ah. studying his observation. using his teachings. and of science there is much ado. GALILEO is also on stage. his teaching spread everywhere. of Sixteen Thirty-Two. People. Pamphleteers and ballad singers everywhere are seizing upon the new ideas. in their very own ways. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Speaks. ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Drumming. VIII-ii-122 HUSBAND OF COUPLE (SINGER) (Speaks. how the have learned from Galilei. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Some with masks are awaiting the carnival procession. to himself. [Music Cue #44: Spirit “Much Ado”] A BALLAD SINGER (Sings. A Market Place Outside the Palace of the Florentine Day A HALF-STARVED COUPLE of show people with a FIVE-YEAR OLD GIRL and AN INFANT enter a market place where many PEOPLE. but MUSICIANS keep playing as next act is entered. it is April Fool’s Day.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Background is changed.

[Music Cue #45: Spirit “Stand Still” Based on Spirit “Nr. he said. regula aethernis. please listen to what happened then? (Sing. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. and least. at last. Genesis. Around the aldermen the craftsmen.) A lamp for him to carry round in as may. The South Forty Estate.9”] (He begins to sing while being joined by OTHER BALLAD SINGERS. and they began to turn around and all about. The important round the inferior. We’ve imported it here at great expense.com . around the secretaries the aldermen. ordo ordinum. ladies and gentlemen! Before the great carnival procession of the guilds arrives we bring you the latest Florentine song that is being sung all over upper northern Italy. And ever since all creatures here below. Around the bishops the secretaries. you good people. Stand Still! (DANCERS enter. the hindmost round the foremost. as the Lord. please look today. Have turned in faithful circles. the little fellows round the big shots. dear friends. He made the earth. the Rule of Rules! And then.) HUSBAND/BALLAD SINGERS All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. HUSBAND OF COUPLE (SINGER) (Speaks. my dear. is the Great Order. circle round the earth. Around the servants the dogs. And from that time all beings here below were in obedient circles meant to go. CHORUS joins in. and then he made the sun for his command to be VIII-ii-123 HUSBAND/BALLAD SINGERS – (Cont. and as the theologians call it. Galileo Galilei or A Foretaste of the Future. so also be the earth. don’t you see. fast and slow. is to himself. then the sea. Then the beggars turn. and. And. they say. That’s in the Bible.) HUSBAND (Sing. around the cardinals the bishops. The title is: The Horrendous Doctrine and Terrible Teachings and Opinions of court physicist. around the craftsmen the servants. Corona. like a little maid in an orderly way. For his wish was that each one circle henceforth round.) When the God Almighty spoke his great let be. That which better. the chickens and the geese. They all began to turn around.) That. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. my friends. Chapter One. “Sun. he made the universe.The Life Of Galileo Citizens. As it is in heaven.) Around the popes the cardinals.

Who wouldn’t also like for a change like to be. the wheels shall turn the other way. his own lord and master! His own lord and master! Stand Still! ALL BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. It is no joke! VIII-ii-124 HUSBAND (Sings. such doctrines are utterly impossible.com . my friends. Henceforth the mistress. Change Holy Writ. Esteemed citizens. sun. Stand Still! God got it mixed up in Genesis One.) And. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Cast a look at the universe . earth round sun forever stray!” A BALLAD SINGER (Speaks. and hand on heart. such doctrines are utterly impossible. and let the earth go round. I say. what will come to pass if Galileo’s teachings spread? Teachings like that are quite impossible. . pulled out his telescope.The Life Of Galileo Up stood the learned Doctor Galileo. it is no matter small: For heresy will spread today like foul diseased. you sun.) Esteemed citizens. fun is certainly rare. You. Esteemed citizens. The server will not serve at mass. Now that was rash. Trade places now. The South Forty Estate. Esteemed citizens. It is not joke. change scripture to you will on any day? What will become of order? God’s sun must stand still or servant’s daily will become bolder! This is just too much for people. Corona. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. will stand still. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) From this time on. Esteemed citizens. snatched history for himself. and took a look at the universe. such doctrines are utterly impossible.) What’s this? What’s this. threw the Bible out. forsooth? What will be left at all? Why: each of us would say and do just what he pleases! EACH SINGER (Each SINGER speaks this line. . No servant girl will make the bed at last. ho! Shall turn around the maid. (Chucked the Bible. such doctrines are utterly impossible. such doctrines are utterly impossible. told the sun: “Stand still! Stop! What you are doing is wrong. my friends I say. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. worthy citizens. And.) Good people.) For one thing is true.

) So. for once.) Is this permitted? NO. my good friends. VIII-ii-125 HUSBAND OF COUPLE (SINGER) (Speaks.) For one thing is true. and hand on heart. And.) Two ladies at a fishwife’s stall are in for quite a shock. it is no matter small: For independent spirit spreads like diseases of foul. for you. The fishwife takes a loaf of bread and gobbles up all her stock.com . The farmer will give his landlord the boot. go your own way. the apprentice will simply stay in bed. for once. Corona. what a hoot. yes. and master. and only want to get ahead. to do just as one pleases. cast a look into the future and see what the most learned Doctor Galileo Galilei predicts! ALL BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.The Life Of Galileo Who wouldn’t like to be his own lord. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. and his wife will give her milk to her babies. ignore. instead of to the priest. ignore what your master’s say. and after all – How nice it is. a plague to fall! Yet life is sweet and man is weak. his own lord and master! The knave will turn lazy it is said. and stand proudly tall. fun is certainly rare. here. not pews. The carpenters take wood and build houses for themselves. how can it be? How can it be? HUSBAND OF COUPLE (SINGER) (Speaks.) Yet life is sweet and man is weak and after all – How nice it is. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. my friends. and stand proudly tall. And member of the cobblers’ guild now walk around in shoes! Oh. The South Forty Estate. Now that is grave. to do just as one pleases. Stand still! BALLAD SINGERS (Sings. Stand still! A BALLAD SINGER (Sings.) Now. it is also said. it is no matter small: For independent spirit spreads like diseases of foul! (Sings. What will happen when the alter boy comes no more to Moses and sleeps at Mass? When the serving girl turns fashionable and grows lazy at last.

stop. and he will place himself on top. Or perhaps I should pursue that another could do better for that matter.) Is the Bible a toy? No. no. HUSBAND and WIFE (Sing. The South Forty Estate. stop! For independent spirits spreads like foul diseases! People must keep their place. or it could break from wear. no.) No. No one should play games that mess with the brain If the rope around our necks is made but not too thick.) For one thing is true. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. so each of you wake up and do just as he pleases! A BALLAD SINGER (Speaks. you people. Let’s see now if what you can do.) The other day I tried it too. Who wouldn’t also like for a change like to be. Who bids you turn the other cheek just so while they prepare to strike the second blow: Obedience will never cure your woe. and kicked him in the hay. if things don’t stop. Galileo. no. other stars can do as well. I feel I need a change.The Life Of Galileo Who wouldn’t also like for a change like to be. But be sure the rope is strong. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. stop. I said to my husband. for then it will tear. I said. stop with this Bible hoax. no. olay! THE HUSBAND OF THE COUPLE (SINGER) (Sings. no. I want to see. no. no. maybe it’s time I went my own sweet way. no. his own lord and master! His own lord and master! THE SINGER’S WIFE (Sings. Galileo. no. what you can do for me. no.) No. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. and hand on heart. no. and did my husband frankly tell. some down and some on top! Though it is nice for once to do just as one pleases. stop! Un-muzzle a mad dog. no. fun is certainly rare. no.) Good people who have trouble here below in serving cruel lords and gentle Jesus. Corona. VIII-ii-126 HUSBAND (Speaks. his own lord and master! His own lord and master! Stand Still! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. stop. no.com . I told my husband that in bed.

no. Learn a lesson from the good Doctor Galilei. A BALLAD SINGER (Speaks. and hand on heart.) Take a man’s dog’s muzzle away. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. go your own way.) No. collect your weak life’s spirits. his own lord and master! His own lord and master! Stand Still! THE WIFE (Sings. fun is certainly rare. and hand on heart. So. fun is simply rare. Obedience. get up.) For one thing is true. his own lord and master! His own lord and master! Yes. Stand Still. before you die a heretic. Corona. VIII-ii-127 HUSBAND – (Cont. the dog will bite. no.) Zippity – do – dah. from the beginning. All of you who lay near death. was man’s cross.) Esteemed citizens. it is true. The dog will bite. enough. indeed.) But as for you. no. The South Forty Estate. Galilei.) Yes. enough. Who wouldn’t also for a change like to be. enough. fun is certainly rare. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. ignore what your master’s say. (Sings.The Life Of Galileo A BALLAD SINGER (Sings. his own lord and master! His own lord and master! Stand Still. and hand on heart. the landlord with shame. and torment. and he will bite.) The farmer kicks gladly in the backside. Who wouldn’t also like for a change like to be. . For one thing is true. if you take his muzzle away! BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.com . no. HUSBAND (Speaks. The ABC’s of earthly delight and ecstasy. no. and start singing. behold Galileo Galilei’s phenomenal discovery: The earth revolving around the sun! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. All of you who live on earth in pain.day! Zippity – do – dah – day! Zippity – do – dah – day! (Speaks. Who wouldn’t also like for a change like to be. Obedience. ignore what your master’s says . raise yourself up. . why not run your own live.

) The earth revolving around the sun! Oh my.”) THE HUSBAND OF THE COUPLE (SINGER) (Speaks. the image of the earth. step forward.” Next.” Among the crowd a BEGGAR raises himself by his crutches and stomps the ground in a dance until he collapses and falls in a heap. Enter a STUFFED FIGURE. FOUR MASKED MEN march in carrying a huge tarpaulin. A DWARF has posted himself to one side with a sign “The New Age. the Bible-smasher! Galileo Galilei. Over the throne a painted sign “Looking for trouble.The Life Of Galileo BALLAD SINGERS (Speak. In front of it a CHILD displays a gigantic open Bible whose pages have been crossed-out with a large. (An outburst of laughter comes from among the CROWD. the great discovery of this great one. The WIFE holds a crude replica of the sun. One by One. over her head.” a figure in sackcloth with a cardboard crown. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. of Galileo Galilei. The HUSBAND excitedly points at the LITTLE GIRL CHILD as if she were performing a dangerous. They stop and toss into the air a large doll representing a cardinal. The “Grand Duke of Florence. the earth revolving around the sun! The earth revolving around the sun! Oh glorious day. and the CHILD. with a wild pounding! His WIFE and CHILD.com . the Bible Killer. a large baldachin. sits on a ridiculous throne and peers through a telescope. death-defying acrobatic feat in jerkily taking step after step in rhythm with the drumbeats. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Stand Still! (The HUSBAND belabors his drum violently. which bows to the audience. more than life-size. The South Forty Estate. holding a gourd. Then drumming from the rear is heard. let it behold. Corona.) Galileo Galilei. circles around the woman.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) The procession! (Calls out!) A DEEP VOICE VIII-ii-128 (Enter TWO MEN in rags drawing a little cart.“X.

The South Forty Estate. [Music Cue #46: Spirit “Nr.) The depths are hot! The heights are chill! The streets are loud! The court is still! The court is still! The court is still! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Day GALILEO and his daughter. and the OTHERS are against him.The Life Of Galileo (CURTAIN) (END OF ACT) (Note: BALLAD SINGERS are Pro-Galileo. or frightened of him. Corona. Florence. BALLAD SINGER (Speaks. really.com .) The inquisition summons the world-famous scholar to Rome. VIRGINIA. are waiting to be admitted to the Grand Duke.) SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: ACT IX IX-i-129 Scene 1 1633 Antechamber and staircase of the Medici Palace.10”] (Sings.

He is visibly startled when he sees GALILEO and walks stiffly and quickly past VIRGINIA and GALILEO. We’re in Florence. don’t you? VIRGINIA All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. descends the stairs. Yes. Corona. The South Forty Estate.) What’s got into him? My eyes are bad again today. IX-i-130 (MR. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. All this getting up before dawn and running to mass is ruining your complexion.) GALILEO (Whose eyesight is now becoming impaired. GAFFONE. the rector of the university.The Life Of Galileo It’s been a long wait. He gives me the shivers. VIRGINIA GALILEO VIRGINIA There’s that same man again who’s been following us.) I don’t know him. I can’t recognize him! VIRGINIA I’ve seen him several times lately.) GALILEO – (Cont. You pray for me. not among Corsican robbers. The blockhead will draw me into another interminable conversation. Did he greet us at all? VIRGINIA Just barely! What have you said in your book? Anything they can think is heretical? GALILEO You hang around church too much. Here comes Rector Gaffone. He really frightens me! GALILEO Nonsense. (She points at a shady individual who passes by without paying attention to them. with a rigidly averted head and barely nodding. VIRGINIA GALILEO He frightens me.com .

Just take that mechanical cultivator from Germany that you described to me. Mr. Do you know that in Amsterdam and London they have money markets? And trade schools too. GALILEO As far as I know no one has any intention of harming me. the one you designed the smelting furnace for. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. My favorite books are the Bible and Homer. Mr. It’s the same people who are making trouble for you and preventing the physicians in Bologna from dissecting corpses for research. Don’t forget to thank him for the quails. Galileo? Did you enjoy them? GALILEO Maestro Vanni.) VANNI How did you like the quails I sent you. you’re the man who is fighting for the freedom to teach new knowledge. please remember that you have friends in every branch of industry. I don’t know much about the movement of stars. The cities of northern Italy are behind you. the quails were excellent. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.com . but the way I look at it. the iron founder. Galilei! If ever they try to harm you. and counts. GALILEO Your vote carries great weight. Here we’d be grateful for one book about the Dutch canals. IX-i-131 VANNI I hope so. Maestro Vanni. Corona. (SIGNOR VANNI has come down the stairs. VANNI They’re talking about you upstairs. And newspapers that appear regularly. GALILEO I know nothing about pamphlets. VANNI Even if that were not the case: let me take this opportunity of assuring you that we manufacturers are on your side. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.The Life Of Galileo There’s Signor Vanni. I swim or sink with men like you. sir. Here we’re not even free to make money. They claim you’re responsible for those pamphlets against the Bible that are being sold all over. Last year alone five works on agriculture were published in London. The South Forty Estate. Again many thanks. They’re against iron foundries because they claim too many workers in one place promote immorality.

) Every Tom. GALILEO I’m able to distinguish power from lack of power. I love and treasure my comfort. I’ve written a book on the mechanism of the universe. You’d be free to carry on the fight.) If people only knew how you condemned the goings-on at last year’s carnival. Not so many cassocks. VIRGINIA (In a loud voice. Dick and Harry with a grievance picks me as his spokesman. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. that’s all. GALILEO Yes.) VANNI Very well.) IX-i-132 GALILEO (Back at VIRGINIA’S side. Corona.The Life Of Galileo Really? No? Really! No! VANNI GALILEO VANNI I believe you’d be better off in Venice. The South Forty Estate. but to judge by what I heard up there. Mr. The Grand Duke is a pupil of mine. Galilei. What people make or don’t make of it is no concern of mine. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Mr. especially in places where it doesn’t exactly help me. Give a bear honey if it’s hungry and he’ll take your arm off with it. there’s no time to be lost. VANNI You don’t seem able to distinguish your friends from your enemies. I wish you lots of luck! (Goes out. (He brusquely steps away. I got the impression that right now they’d prefer not to have you in Florence. not to mention the fact that if anyone tries to trip me up the Pope himself will tell him where to get off and hasten to my defense. Galilei. VANNI I understand. I have a coach and horses. GALILEO Nonsense. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.com . of course. GALILEO I can’t see myself as a refugee.

VIRGINIA (Goes to talk to an ATTENDANT. The South Forty Estate. GALILEO I’m beginning to wonder what my time is wroth. that’s all.) He says the Grand Duke is still busy. VIRGINIA All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. has His Highness been informed that my father wishes to speak to him? How should I know? That’s no answer! Really! THE ATTENDANT VIRGINIA THE ATTENDANT VIRGINIA You ought to be polite. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. My health hasn’t been up to snuff. followed by THE INDIVIDUAL.The Life Of Galileo VIRGINIA (In an undertone. Maybe I should accept Sagredo’s invitation to go to Padua for a few weeks.) Mr. He wants the book! He’s paid for it. Can’t you just leave the book for him? You’re wasting your time.) VIRGINIA (Has come back. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. complain about this long wait. (The ATTENDANT half turns his back on her and yawns while looking at the SHADY INDIVIDUAL. Corona.” What was it? IX-i-133 VIRGINIA I thanked him for his polite answer.com . Mincio.) Did the Grand Duke summon you here today? GALILEO No. GALILEO I heard you say something about “polite. but I sent in my name. Go ask somebody what is taking so long.

) The cardinal inquisitor! (The CARDINAL INQUISITOR descends the stairs. I knew what I was doing when I came to Florence and held my peace all these years. The South Forty Estate. . . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. one or two cases. With Your Highness’ permission. How are your eyes? COSMO IX-i-134 GALILEO Not too good. VIRGINIA You always say it doesn’t travel well. THE ATTENDANT (Announces. Your Highness. stops.) VIRGINIA What’s the Cardinal Inquisitor doing in Florence. I think. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. .com . GALILEO That’s true. father? GALILEO I don’t know.) His Highness. VIRGINIA (Whispers. I see. COSMO. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. . They won’t forward it. I see. I should like to present my book.The Life Of Galileo You couldn’t live without your books. Their praises have raised me so high that they have to take me as I am. slightly embarrassed. GALILEO approaches him. His attitude was respectful. Passing them.) GALILEO May I present Your Highness with my Dialogues on the Two Chief and Great Astronomical Syst . the Grand Duke! (COSMO DE’ MEDICI comes down the stairs. he bows low and deeply to GALILEO. Corona. And the court still owes you three months’ salary. GALILEO We could take some of the Sicilian wine.

We are not going home from here. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Yes.) He didn’t take the book. did he? Father. The South Forty Estate. too frequently? (He walks off without accepting the book. I’ve arranged with him to have a cart with empty wine casks ready in the tavern yard next door. to take me out of the city and away at any time. Haven’t you been using your splendid tuber a little too much. SETTING: (BLACKOUT) (END OF SCENE) ACT IX Scene 2 The Pope’s Dressing Room in the Vatican in Rome. Corona. Then you knew .The Life Of Galileo COSMO The state of your eyes alarms me. the glasscutter’s. (They start to leave.com . IX-ii-135 All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) Signor Galilei. it alarms me a good deal. I have orders to inform you that the court of Florence is not longer in a position to oppose the request of the Holy Inquisition for your interrogation in Rome. but to Volpi. the coach of the Holy Inquisition is waiting for you. but firmly!) Don’t show your feelings. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) VIRGINIA GALILEO A HIGH OFFICIAL (Descending the stairs. Don’t look back. I’m afraid. GALILEO VIRGINIA GALILEO (Subdued. . Signor Galilei. .

which they transfer to the immovable earth. IX-ii-136 A BALLAD SINGER (Sings. No! THE INQUISITOR Yes.com . From outside the shuffling of many feet is heard. these people say it is only a matter of the multiplication tables. the representatives of all the religious orders and of the entire clergy. These people doubt everything. the source. I Shout. with doubt. A BALLAD SINGER (Speaks.) The Pope.The Life Of Galileo TIME: AT RISE: Day POPE URBAN VIII (formerly Cardinal Barberini) has received the CARDINAL INQUISITOR. I Shout! The figures force our hands.) No! No! No! THE POPE THE INQUISITOR Then Your Holiness really means to tell the doctors of all the faculties. not of the spirit of rebellion and doubt. But it is not the multiplication tables. It is the unrest of their own minds. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. who have come here guided by their childlike faith in the Word of God as recorded in Scripture to hear Your Holiness’ confirm them in their faith – you mean to inform them that Scripture can no longer be considered true? THE POPE I won’t permit the multiplication tables to be broken. It is an alarming unrest that has come over the world. The South Forty Estate. They cry out: [Music Cue #47: Spirit “Doubt”] BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) “Doubt. Doubt. Pope Urban The VIII speaks. (Very loud. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Firing the audience the POPE is being dressed in traditional papal garb. and we find consumes our minds!” THE INQUISITOR Everyone knows these figures come from doubt. Corona.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.

) “This is your house. with doubt. choose to turn their tubes to the sky and inform the world that even here. my master.” ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Sing. with doubt. (He chuckles. and we find consumes our minds!” THE INQUISITOR On the other hand. to be built on doubt and no longer on faith. is this not becoming insanity. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. as we can read on the house walls of Rome.) Is this situation for the best. or perhaps it is just a test. down to the last stable boy. I Shout. Doubt. the source. yes. as a rumor is spreading through Europe that you are in secret league with Lutheran Sweden to waken the Catholic emperor. Your Holiness is on shaky ground. war and reformation. The South Forty Estate. glorious. I Shout! The figures force our hands. and we find consumes our minds!” ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Sings. Christianity is being reduced to a few disorganized bands. no doubt. but I doubt whether they should not be mine. the whole of our entire humanity. the one place where your authority is not yet contested and stands secure. Why. to which we owe such marvelous collections: “The Barberinis are stripping Rome of what the barbarians failed to take. For fifteen years Germany has been a shambles. Your Holiness’ policy in Spain has taken to be misunderstood by so many persons lacing in insight. why not I think. And at a time when under the onslaught of plague. and your wife is your wife. “Doubt. hereafter. my master. the source. my friendly neighbor. these worms. but I doubt. I Shout! The figures force our hands. I doubt. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. is truly a good arrangement for me hereafter. IX-ii-137 All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Doubt. hereafter. hereafter. I sayeth? Doubt.) This is the moment these mathematicians. Your rift with the emperor is deplored. a few outposts remain.” And abroad? It has pleased God to visit heavy tribulation upon the Holy Sea. one is tempted to ask. this sudden interest in so recondite a science as astronomy? Does it make any difference how these bodies move? Yet. disgraceful interpretations are being put on Your Holiness’ great love for art. I Shout. I doubt you being my master. is prattling about the phases of Venus and thinking at the same time of many irksome things that are held in our schools and elsewhere to be immutable. all Italy. people have been slaughtering one another with Bible quotations on their lips.com .) “You are my master. at least for a short period of time. no it is glorious. my master.The Life Of Galileo “Is our human community. Corona. thanks to the bad example of that Florentine. (Speaks.

a great thinker always does doubt. and we find consumes our minds!” THE INQUISITOR (Speaks. treason. Aristotle. he has no default. Even as a young man this Galileo wrote about machines. treason. they can . Doubt. Why not? It’s the only solution. on the movements of certain heavenly bodies that become impossible if his doctrine is rejected. as he has taught. THE INQUISITOR Some he incites. Since they began sailing the high seas – to which I have no objection – they have been putting their trust in a brass sphere that they call a compass. THE POPE It’s certainly in bad taste. with doubt. Corona. They don’t need it any more. exclusively on their own reason. to rest. whom in other respects they regard as a dead dog. masters would no longer need apprentices nor lords servants.) They begin by doubting whether the sun stood still at Gibeon and end up directing their unclean. but what is to be the nature of these miracles? For one thing. they expect to do away with Above and Below. we could be held in treason. or stop. may come to solely rely. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. for as we declare he may just be the ultimate authority. others he bribes. how dare they say. he cannot halt.com . of course. they call our great thinker. a madman. and oh. This evil man knows what he is doing when he writes his astronomical works not in Latin but in the idiom of fishwives and wool merchants.The Life Of Galileo BALLAD SINGERS (Sing. The South Forty Estate. The north Italian ship owners keep clamoring for Signor Galilei’s star chars. since material interests are involved. . What kind of miracles? Of course they have no more use for God. I Shout. THE POPE But these star charts are based on his heretical statements. THE INQUISITOR All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. reason. Doubt. I Shout! The figures force our hands. we who are weak in the flesh and inclined to excess. if all of us people no longer pray.) “Oh. We shall have to yield to them. I’ll tell him. Reason. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. but we listen and hear a new way. Oh. and no longer in God. said – and this they quote -: If the shuttle were to weave by itself and the plectron to pluck by itself. for a man who leads the way. With machines they expect to work miracles. . You can’t reject the doctrine and accept the star charts. Where will it end they say. the man who cares for us. They believe that this time has come. the source. filthy doubts at the church collections.

any battle cry of “Church” against “Reason. Corona. There’s the Court in Vienna. we wouldn’t have to go very far in his case. THE INQUISITOR But how did he comply? His book is an argument between a simpleton who – naturally – propounds and espouses the opinions of Aristotle and an intelligent man just as naturally voicing Signor Galilei’s opinions and the concluding remark Your Holiness. but I am always listening. Is the whole world coming here? All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. a beacon for Italy. They will call the Holy Church a cesspool of rotten. Are all these people to go home with doubts in their hearts when they leave here? THE POPE Well. The South Forty Estate. after all the man. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. He has friends. scattered brained fool. THE INQUISITOR Perhaps it speaks to you more clearly than I can Your Holiness. THE INQUISITOR THE POPE That is impudence.com . He can never say no to an old wine or a new idea. I will not stand for any condemning of physical facts. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Hands off him! THE INQUISITOR Actually. is the greatest physicist of our time. THE POPE He gets pleasure out of more things than any moan I ever met. He would cave in very quickly. and fall apart. is made by whom? THE POPE What was that again? Who states our opinion? Not the intelligent one. He is a man of the flesh. There’s Versailles. He has complied. decayed prejudices.The Life Of Galileo IX-ii-138 THE POPE This shuffling makes me nervous. This stamping and trampling in the halls is insufferable. without any doubt.” I gave him leave to write his book provided it ended and concluded with a statement that the last word to rest is not with science but with faith. and not some good-for nothing crank. Forgive me if I seem distracted. Even his thinking is sensual.

but the best part of it.) [Music Cue #48: Spirit “Nr. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) IX-ii-139 THE POPE At the very most the instruments may be shown to him.The Life Of Galileo THE INQUISITOR Not the whole world. (Pause. Corona. The South Forty Estate. Signor Galilei is well versed in instruments. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. That is all you may do. Your Holiness. THE INQUISITOR That will suffice.11”] (The POPE is now fully robed.com . (CURTAIN) (END OF SCENE) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.

[Music Cue #49: Spirit “Nr. The South Forty Estate. this was the one an age of reason. sixteen thirty-three. Oh. Galileo Galilei. this day stands as momentous for you and me.) June twenty-second. how will the answer lie? [Music Cue #50: Spirit “Prayer”] (VIRGINIA is heard praying.The Life Of Galileo ACT X Scene 1 X-i-140 SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: June 22. for you and me. from out of darkness. stepped forth reason. yes reason. A BALLAD SINGER (Speaks. she stood outside the door.com .” Galileo’s STUDENTS are waiting for news. which is shy. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.) On this day. this very day. Galileo Galilei abjures his doctrine of the motion of the earth before the Inquisition. this day shall always be. for you see. VIRGINIA kneels in a corner saying an “AVE MARIA.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. June 22. Yes. most important for you and me. for you and me. 1633. for one whole day. is important for you and I.12”] ANOTHER BALLAD SINGER (Sings. Oh Galileo. yes reason. and for one whole day. Galileo Galilei. outside the door. Galilei. that fast slipped by. could have begun for you and me. recants his teachings of the sky. not lying down as being called treason. Corona. you see! And it is on this June day. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. 1633 Palace of The Florentine Ambassador in Rome. Day THE LITTLE MONK and FEDERZONI are trying to play the new chess with its sweeping movements. Of all the days that could have been.

All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. benedicta tu in mulieribus. et in hora mortis nostrae. FEDERZONI The Pope was his last hope. gratia plena. Now they’ve got him. Sacta Maria mater Dei. and others begin to speak. FEDERZONI Where they are taking him.The Life Of Galileo VIRGINIA Ave Maria. His touchstone.) THE LITTLE MONK I also kept wondering whether they’d let him keep the stone he always carries in his pocket.) THE LITTLE MONK You know how when you lie awake at night you chew on the most useless ideas and your mind wanders onto the most insignificant things? Last night I couldn’t get rid of the thought that he should never have left the Republic of Venice. nunc. Dominus tecum. Corona. I guess Cardinal Barberini was right when he said to him years ago: we need you. The South Forty Estate. No more scientific debates. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Amen. FEDERZONI (With a furtive glance at him.com .) X-i-141 THE LITTLE MONK The Pope refused to see him and refused Signor Galileo an audience. (She continues to repeat this over and over with her rosary in hand. The Discorsi will never be finished. ANDREA They’ll kill him. et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus. ora ppro nobis peccatoribus. people do not wear pockets. (Pause. (Pause. He couldn’t write his book there. because he’ll never recant. ANDREA FEDERZONI And in Florence he couldn’t publish it. his little pebble stone.) You think so? ANDREA Yes.

ora ppro nobis peccatoribus.The Life Of Galileo (Pause. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. which compels him to look for the truth. gratia plena. ANDREA (To the LITTLE MONK. stuck out his belly and said: Gentlemen. nunc. et in hora mortis nostrae.) He’s been in prison for twenty-three days. he raises his voice. and I wouldn’t want to go on living if he did. and others begin to speak. To know the truth and call it a lie is criminal. The South Forty Estate.) (Referring to VIRGINIA. Yesterday was the great interrogation.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. we were sitting over there. et prope et porcul. [Music Cue #51: Spirit “Prayer”] VIRGINIA Ave Maria. X-i-142 ANDREA Power isn’t everything. (As ANDREA is listening.) She’s praying for him to recant. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. in which it is also impossible to change anything. Maybe not! FEDERZONI THE LITTLE MONK (Softly. Amen. Dominus tecum. He was referring to the truth. he’ll never recant. usque dum vivam et ultra. Corona.com . And he told me his motto: Hieme et aestate.) (Pause.) ANDREA (Screaming. et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus. he showed me the little Priapus by the sundial in the garden – you can see it from here – and compared his own work with a poem by Horace. Sacta Maria mater Dei. He spoke of his esthetic sense.) They won’t dare! And even if they do.) When I came to see him here two days after the decree.” FEDERZONI I don’t think so either.) He acted the same as always. “Not to know the truth is just stupid. but they have the power.) Did you tell him what he did in the Collegium Romanum while they were examining his tube? Tell him! (THE LITTLE MONK shakes his head. Today the judges are in session. benedicta tu in mulieribus. I beg for reason! (Laughingly he imitates GALILEO. (She continues to repeat this over and over with her rosary in hand. He put his hands on his hams.

(Out. THE LITTLE MONK No force can make what has been seen unseen. Mark’s will be rung. And four moons revolve around the planet Jupiter that is as far away as the fixed stars and not fastened to any sphere.) THE SHADY INDIVIDUAL Signor Galilei will be here soon. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.The Life Of Galileo FEDERZONI Let her pray. She’s all mixed up since they talked to her.com .) The moon is an earth and has no light of its own. And he was the man who proved it. Corona. ANDREA THE SHADY INDIVIDUAL Because of the crowds collecting in the streets. I don’t believe it. FEDERZONI Has he been released? X-i-143 THE SHADY INDIVIDUAL Signor Galilei is expected to recant at five o’clock before the plenary session of the Inquisition.) FEDERZONI (Looks at the sundial in the garden. (Enter the SHADY INDIVIDUAL from the Grand Duke palace in Florence. will be proclaimed publicly. And the sun is the center of the universe and immovable in its place. The South Forty Estate.) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. And Venus has no light of its own either and is like the earth and moves around the sun. and the wording of the abjuration. He may need a bed. and the earth is not the center and not immovable. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Signor Galilei will be conducted to the postern on this side of the palace near the garden door. [Music Cue #52: Spirit “Prayer”] (VIRGINIA prays louder. (Silence. The great bell of St. his recantation.) ANDREA (Suddenly shouting in a loud voice. They brought her father confessor down from Florence.) Five o’clock.

This is the hour of its birth. He hasn’t recanted! No! Oh. It is silent. will begin in earnest. After a pause filled with VIRGINIA’S murmured prayers FEDERZONI shakes his head in the negative. They are wildly happy. It’s three minutes past five. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Oh ye of little faith! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. sed libera nos a malo.) X-i-144 FEDERZONI (Hoarsely. The OTHERS drop their heads and let their hands sink slowly. The South Forty Estate. The bell is not rung. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. the age of science. if he had recanted! THE LITTLE MONK I didn’t say anything but I was very worried and afraid. et Spiritus Sancti. sicut in caelo et in terra. Amen. He’s resisting.) Fiat voluntas tua. I was faint of heart. Just think. ANDREA I can’t stand it! They’re beheading the truth! (ANDREA holds his hands to his ears.The Life Of Galileo VIRGINIA (Saying the OUR FATHER prayer. Corona. In nominee Patris.com . et Filii.) Nothing. so does THE LITTLE MONK. it’s not invulnerable! Hence ergo: Man is not afraid of death! FEDERZONI Now the age of knowledge. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. my friends! ANDREA THE LITTLE MONK FEDERZONI (They embrace deliriously. et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.) ANDREA You see! I told you! They can’t do it with force! Force isn’t everything! Hence ergo: Stupidity is defeated.

All this is accomplished when one man gets up and says No! X-i-145 (At this moment the big bell of St. hereby abjure what I have taught. Galileo Galilei. ALL stand transfixed. Corona. VIRGINIA has left. (From the street THE ANNOUNCER is heard reciting GALILEO’S recantation. tormented man. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. Oh.) (When it grows light again. ANDREA THE LITTLE MONK (Kneels down in tears. I thank Thee. professor of mathematics and physics in Florence. and saying: I can live.” (Darkness.) Lord. I abjure. I knew it! ANDREA FEDERZONI It would have been as if morning had turned back to night.) FEDERZONI All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. then it stops. The South Forty Estate. that the sun is the center of the world and motionless in its place.) The bell of St.com . CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Man is lifting his head. the bell is still booming. Out of a sincere heart and unfeigned faith. condemn and execrate all these error and heresies as I do all other errors and all other opinions in opposition to the Holy Church. As if the mountain said: I’m water.) VIRGINIA (Getting up. and the earth is not the center and not motionless. to wit. Mark’s! He hasn’t been condemned. I thank Thee.) ANNOUNCER’S VOICE “I. renounce.The Life Of Galileo Well. Lord. ANDREA But now everything has changed. Mark’s begins to boom. GALILEO’S PUPILS are still there.

oh yes. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. oh yes. ideals and spirit for everyday to move on and be strong? Do heroes give the essence that lights each man’s way.) GALILEO (Calmly. He has heard ANDREA’S remarks. the land that has no heroes. I wish he’d go away. I do declare today! ANDREA (Screams at GALILEO. You had to put up with all that because you were “working for science”! ANDREA I can’t look at him. an unhappy one for life’s burrows. regarding ANDREA. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. When no greeting is forthcoming. day by day? Oh yes. downstage where he finds a stool to sit on. and because of his bad eyesight. I do say. to wit.) Get him a glass of water.com . waiting to be greeted. he slowly walks. almost to the point of being unrecognizable.) I feel sick. The South Forty Estate. listening. You couldn’t buy a pair of pants or publish anything of your work. and his students shrink from him.The Life Of Galileo He never paid you properly for your work. GALILEO pauses for a moment at the gate. completely altered by the trial. From far off the ANNOUNCER’S voice is heard again reading GALILEO’S recantation. (THE LITTLE MONK goes out to get ANDREA a glass of water. oh yes. is an unhappy one.) ANNOUNCER’S VOICE “I. that the sun is the center of the world and motionless in its place. Unhappy is the land that has no heroes! X-i-146 (GALILEO has entered. Are heroes what give a man his blistening sun. Oh yes. hereby abjure what I have taught. Unhappy is the land that has no heroes! FEDERZONI Calm yourself. oh yes. [Music Cue #53: Spirit “Heroes”] Instrumental In Background BALLAD SINGERS (Spoken in a Chant with Instrumental playing in background. uncertainly.) The land. professor of mathematics and physics in Florence.) Wine barrel! Snail eater! Have you saved your precious skin? (Sits down. Galileo Galilei. his hopes. Corona. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The OTHERS pay no attention to GALILEO who sits on his footstool.

all that we can’t. can’t you see. nor would a cat when dropped from a height of eight or nine ells. X-i-147 BALLAD SINGERS (Speak. is an unhappy one for life’s burrows. When they reach it. Heroes give the essence that lightens each man’s way. heroes. the land that has no heroes. I say day by day. heroes. they can be. . The South Forty Estate. ideals. for heroes give man his glistening sun. you see. truth be.) GALILEO No! Unhappy is the land that needs a hero! (BLACKOUT (GALILEO remains speaking. our fantasy man. so small plants too stand up better: an oak tree two hundred ells high cannot sustain its branches in the same proportion as a small oak tree . whereas a dog would not suffer any damage. but goes downstage and speaks to audience. a glimpse of hope. I abjure. renounce.) The land.) GALILEO Is it not obvious that a horse falling from a height of three or four ells will break its legs.The Life Of Galileo and the earth is not the center and not motionless. Discorsi. and make life worth living. GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Out of a sincere heart and unfeigned faith.) “Galileo Galilei. for heroes. Heroes.com . make him into everything as fast as you can. to move on each day. . or an ant even if it were to fall from the moon? And just as smaller animals are comparatively stronger than larger ones.” I can walk now if you’ll help me.) [Music Cue #54: Spirit “Heroes”] (Sing. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. or a cricket from a tower. and spirits. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. GALILEO begins to speak. Corona. ANDREA (They lead ANDREA to the door. condemn and execrate all these error and heresies as I do all other errors and all other opinions in opposition to the Holy Church.

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. . . nor can nature let a horse grow as large as twenty horses or produce a giant ten times the size of man unless it changes all the proportions of the limbs and especially of the bones, which would have to be strengthened far beyond the size demanded by mere proportion. – The common assumption that large and small machines are equally durable is apparently erroneous. BALLAD SINGERS (Sing.) Galileo may just be right, in what he speaks, size is important in what a man reaps, believing in his thought, but sometimes it is not enough for what gets sought. For to fight, for to fight, for a belief today, is difficult if you’re the one to pave the way. Heroes, heroes, our fantasy man, make him into everything as fast as you can, for heroes, heroes, they can be, all that we can’t, can’t you see. The land, the land that has no heroes, is an unhappy one, an unhappy one for life’s burrows. Are heroes what give a man his blistening sun, his hopes, ideals and spirit for everyday to move on and be strong? Do heroes give the essence that lights each man’s way, day by day? Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, I do say. Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, I do declare today! (Speak.) Oh my hero, oh my hero, Galileo Galilei, I believed you were heaven sent. Galileo Galilei, Discorsi. (CURTAIN) SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: (END OF ACT) ACT XI Scene 1 1633-1642 A large room with a table, a leather chair and a globe in a Villa near Florence where GALILEO lives as a prisoner of the Inquisition. Day GALILEO, now old and almost blind, is experimenting carefully with a small wooden ball rolling on a curved wooden rail. In the anteroom A MONK is sitting on guard. A knock is heard at the XI-i-148

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door. THE MONK opens and A PEASANT comes in carrying two plucked geese. VIRGINIA emerges from the kitchen. She is now about forty. (She actually died April 2,1634.) [Music Cue #55: Spirit “Nr.13”] A BALLAD SINGER (Speaks.) From sixteen hundred thirty-three to the year of sixteen hundred forty-two, Galileo Galilei has been spending his life in a villa near Florence, as a prisoner of the Inquisition, and will remain a prisoner of the church, until his death of January 8, 1642. I’m supposed to deliver these. THE PEASANT VIRGINIA

Who from? I didn’t order any geese.

THE PEASANT I was told to say from someone that’s passing through. (Out.) (VIRGINIA looks at the geese in astonishment. THE MONK takes them from her and examines them suspiciously. Satisfied, he gives them back and she carries them by the necks to GALILEO in the large room.) VIRGINIA A present, dropped off by someone who’s passing through. GALILEO What is it? XI-i-149 VIRGINIA Can’t you see? GALILEO No. (He goes closer.) Geese. Was there any name?

VIRGINIA No. GALILEO (Taking one goose from her.) Heavy. Maybe I’ll have some now, that would be nice. VIRGINIA

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You can’t be hungry again. You just finished dinner. And what’s wrong with your eyes today? You ought to be able to see them from where you are. You’re standing in the shadow. GALILEO

VIRGINIA I’m not in the shadow. (She carries the geese out.) Put in some thyme and apples. GALILEO

VIRGINIA (To THE MONK.) We must send for the eye doctor. Father couldn’t see the geese from his table. THE MONK I’ll need permission from Monsignor Carpula. – Has he been writing again? VIRGINIA No. He’s dictating his book to me. You know that. You have pages 131 and 132. They were the last ones written. THE MONK He’s an old fox! VIRGINIA He doesn’t do anything against the rules. His repentance is real. I keep an eye on him. (She gives him the geese.) Tell them in the kitchen to roast the liver with an apple and an onion. (THE MONK goes off and VIRGINIA comes back in to the large room.) And now we’re going to think of our eyes and stop playing with that ball and dictate a little more of our weekly letter to the archbishop. XI-i-150 GALILEO I don’t feel up to it. Read me some Horace. VIRGINIA Only last week Monsignor Carpula, to whom we owe so much – like those vegetables the other day – told me the archbishop keeps asking him what you think of the questions and quotations he’s been sending you, if you like them? (She has sat down ready for dictation.)
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The South Forty Estate. the archbishop will be very pleased.The Life Of Galileo Where was I? GALILEO VIRGINIA Paragraph four: Concerning the reaction of the church to the unrest in the Great |Arsenal in Venice. What’s the next point? VIRGINIA A very beautiful saying: “When I am weak then I am strong. since it seems wiser to strengthen their faith than their greed. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. He’s a practical man. – How does that sound? It’s wonderful. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. I agree with Cardinal Spoletti’s attitude concerning the rebellious rope makers . . . . The Apostle Paul says: Charity never faileth.) . He will be delighted. All the more so. (Dictates. GALILEO Yes. . Corona. Father! VIRGINIA GALILEO You don’t think it could be mistaken for irony? VIRGINIA No.” No comment. GALILEO I rely on your judgment.com . that it is better to dispense soup to them in the name of Christian charity than to pay them more wages for their ship cables and bell ropes. Why not? XI-i-151 What’s next? GALILEO VIRGINIA GALILEO VIRGINIA All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. to wit. I agree entirely with Cardinal Spoletti’s attitude concerning the rebellious rope makers.

I did not mean to suggest. Corona. You never came to visit us. inspires confidence when recited by priests.com . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. I am leaving Italy to do scientific work in Holland.) “He to whom speaketh the eternal word is free from much questioning. which protects the eternal verities of the church from the prying of the ignorant. VIRGINIA I don’t know if he’ll want to see you. I was asked to see him on my way through and bring the latest news of him. strike that out. in the pronunciation of their local dialects. or to express my approval of the writing of book on such important subjects as theology in the jargon of spaghetti vendors.” May I seize this opportunity to say something on my own behalf? To this day I am being reproached for once having written a book on celestial bodies in the language of the market place. He is a man in his middle years now. which passeth knowledge. I found the following in our incomparable “Imitation”: (He quotes from memory. The whole thing. may well argue that the use of this language prevents all nations from understanding the text. – No. Ask him. VIRGINIA goes into the anteroom. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. . . ANDREA SARTI appears. . sons of the lower classes. you say? VIRGINIA GALILEO Everything after the spaghetti vendors! (Hearing a knocking at the door.The Life Of Galileo “And to know the love of Christ. The South Forty Estate. who are never at a loss. Inspired by it.) ANDREA Good evening. I must especially thank Your Eminence for the magnificent quotation from the epistle to the Ephesians. The Latin tongue. XI-i-152 ANDREA All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. I for my part prefer to forego the cheap intelligibility of things Holy.” Paul to the Ephesians three nineteen! GALILEO I say . THE MONK opens the door. The argument in favor of the service in Latin – that the universality of this language enables all nations to hear mass in exactly the same way – seems less than fortunate since the scoffers. In so doing.

) GALILEO I’m well. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. GALILEO VIRGINIA I want to hear what he says.) Bring him in. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. (She sits down. Virginia. VIRGINIA goes in to him. He was his pupil.) VIRGINIA (To the MONK.) He’s harmless. He sits motionless. The depth of my repentance has moved my superiors to allow me limited scientific pursuits under clerical Church control.com . ANDREA GALILEO Fabricius will be glad to hear it. So now he’s his enemy. Leave us alone. (Pause. I receive every attention.The Life Of Galileo (GALILEO has recognized the voice. Corona. What are you doing? Tell me about your work. The South Forty Estate. I shall be glad to report that you are well. ANDREA Fabricius in Amsterdam has asked me to inquire about your health. Should I send him away? (After a pause. VIRGINIA GALILEO GALILEO (VIRGINIA leads ANDREA inside.) (Cool. I hear you’re on hydraulics. And you may add that I am living in reasonable comfort.) Is it Andrea? Yes.) How are you? ANDREA GALILEO Come closer. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.

) GALILEO I keep worrying about some of my scientific friends whom I led down the path of error. huh? No news from Paris? ANDREA Oh. I fear the condemned doctrines are being perpetuated in those countries. Corona. The authorities. Your total submission has borne fruit.) He doesn’t know Latin.) Unfortunately there are countries that elude the protection of the Church.com . and returned to the fold. GALILEO (Listening in the direction of the anteroom. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. I am told. The South Forty Estate. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. (Pause. (Pause. GALILEO You don’t say.) Nothing from Descartes. to the bosom of the Church. in some shop in Milan. I understand. yes! When he heard you had recanted he stuffed his treatise on the nature of light in his desk drawer.) ANDREA Fulganzio. yes! We too have heard that the Church is pleased with you. (Long pause. has given up science. our little monk. GALILEO (Laughs. Has my recantation helped them to mend their ways and enlightened them? ANDREA I am going to Holland to carry on my scientific work. GALILEO ANDREA Federzoni is back at his lens grinding. are most gratified to note that since your submission no work containing any new hypothesis has been published in Italy. ANDREA There too your recantation has resulted in a setback most gratifying to the Church. The ox is not allowed to do what Jupiter denies himself.The Life Of Galileo XI-i-153 ANDREA Oh. deserted his research.

(Pause. I’m making better progress than expected. To stir me up! I’ve been living prudently since I came here.com . He wasn’t entirely free from it himself. and try to think cautiously. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.) ANDREA I’m going to travel through the night so as to cross the border by morning. I’ve been writing again. Sarti. XI-i-154 ANDREA I see! The Lord be praised. Corona. (Gruffly. I live cautiously. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. VIRGINIA GALILEO (VIRGINIA leaves angrily. GALILEO Barberini called it the itch. ANDREA I have no desires to upset you.) I don’t like that man.) We’ve got fresh goat cheese. ANDREA You have? All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. May I go now? GALILEO I can’t see why you’ve come. (THE MONK follows her out. but I have my relapses even so. The South Forty Estate. (On her way out.) Attend to the geese. THE MONK VIRGINIA He’s harmless. In passing she is addressed by THE MONK.) My superiors are looking forward to my complete spiritual recovery. Signor Galilei.The Life Of Galileo GALILEO Yes. You heard what he said. Virginia.

Corona. while he himself sits safely in Amsterdam. they let me have paper and pen. Oh God! ANDREA GALILEO Did you say something? ANDREA They let you plow water! They give you pen and paper to quiet you and calm you down! How could you ever write under such conditions? Oh. I’m a slave of habit! GALILEO ANDREA The Discorsi in the hands of monks! When Amsterdam and London and Prague are clamoring for them with hunger! GALILEO I can just hear Fabricius wailing.com . All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. GALILEO ANDREA What? The Discorses Concerning Two New Sciences: Mechanics and Local Motion. My superiors aren’t stupid. They protect me from unpleasant and hazardous consequences by locking up page after page. ANDREA Two new branches of science as good as lost! GALILEO No doubt he and some others will feel uplifted when they hear that I jeopardized the last pitiful remnants of my comfort to make a copy. for six months using up the last ounces of light on the clearer and brighter nights.The Life Of Galileo I’ve finished the Dicorsi. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The Law of Falling Bodies? Here? XI-i-155 GALILEO Oh. behind my own back so to speak. demanding his pound of flesh. The South Forty Estate. They’re not blockheads! They know that ingrained vices can’t be uprooted and cured overnight.

GALILEO ANDREA And we thought you had deserted us! My voice was the loudest against you! I condemned you! GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Where is it? ANDREA XI-i-156 GALILEO “If thine eye offend thee.) “It is my purpose to establish an entirely. (ANDREA has gone to the globe. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The copy is in the globe. GALILEO ANDREA This will be the foundation of a new physics. I’m sure it’s the height of folly to let it out of my hands.” I had to do something with my time. which are worth knowing. you’d say you bought it from someone with access to the Holy Office in Rome. namely. He takes out the copy. Corona. new science in regard to a very old problem. He reads. pluck it out. you would of course have to bear full responsibility. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.The Life Of Galileo You have a copy? ANDREA GALILEO So far my vanity has prevented me from destroying it. In which case. Put it under your coat.) ANDREA The Discorsi! (He leafs through the manuscript. The South Forty Estate.com . Should you consider taking it to Holland. you may just as well have it. motion. By means of experiments I have discovered some of its properties. totally. But since I’ve been unable to leave science alone.” Whoever wrote that knew more about comfort than I do.

Even in ethics you were centuries ahead of us. simply concealing it from the enemy. This changes everything. The South Forty Estate. A new science. .” you said. Which consist in . Corona. “Bad luck and misfortune come from faulty calculations and insufficient planning. Sounds like me. “People who suffer bore me. – Your hands are stained. Everything! You think so? ANDREA GALILEO ANDREA You were hiding the truth. we said. Sounds realistic.” and “If there are obstacles the shortest line between two points may well be a crooked line. I should have known that you were merely withdrawing from a hopeless political brawl in order to further and carry on the true interests of science. You’ve always laughed at heroes. and I denied the truth. Andrea. – You came back and said: I’ve recanted but I shall live. but he’ll never recant.” I remember. GALILEO Better stained than empty.com . – You said: Better stained than empty.The Life Of Galileo And you were absolutely right. GALILEO Explain that to me. GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. And I watched you make immortal use of that instrument. I taught you science. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. . XI-i-157 ANDREA With the man on the street we said: He’ll die. GALILEO ANDREA And in sixteen thirty-three when you decided to abjure a popular item of your doctrine. Your friends shook their heads when you humbled yourself to that child in Florence: But science found an audience. a new ethics! ANDREA I should have known – better than anyone else. I was eleven when you sold another man’s telescope to the senate in Venice. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T.

Corona. there is no scientific work that one man alone can write. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. the others would have been the victors. it’s me. GALILEO They are the victors! Besides.com . GALILEO And that I have supplied! Welcome to the gutter. Oh. No! ANDREA GALILEO ANDREA They showed me the instruments. that hallowed commodity. . 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.The Life Of Galileo ANDREA . the study of the properties of motion. . GALILEO Hm! Aha! ANDREA You won the leisure to write a scientific work that only you alone could write. ANDREA Then why did you recant? XI-i-158 GALILEO I recanted because I was afraid of physical pain. the mother of machines. the murderous All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. The great Babylonian whore.) ANDREA (Loud. What stinks is not my fish. I’m selling you out! I sold me out and you are the buyer. which alone will make the earth so good and so wondrous to live on that we shall be able to do without heaven. brother in science and cousin in treason! You like fish? I have fish. the curses are drowned. The mouth waters. contribution to knowledge: And that there is the only one commandment: contribute to knowledge.) In science only one-thing counts. irresistible sight of a book. Then it was not premeditated? GALILEO It was not! It was not planned! (Pause. Had you perished in the fiery halo flame of the stake. The South Forty Estate.

landlords and priests keep the majority of the people in a pearly haze of superstition and outworn words XI-i-159 GALILEO – (Cont. but credulity still prevents the Roman housewife from winning her battle for milk for her children is lost over and over again through faith. has to worry about the obstacles that may be put in the way of the wool trade itself. The South Forty Estate. opens her thighs. Providing everybody with knowledge of everything. The battle to measure the sky. Human weaknesses are no concern of science. the heaven. They grabbed the telescope out of out hands and focused it on their tormentors – princes. priests. Science trades in knowledge distilled from doubt. The people cried out. and I’ve plenty of that. in addition to buying cheap and selling dear. even in my present condition I believe I am justified to give you a few hints about the science you are devoting yourself to. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. But the movements of their rulers remain unpredictable and unfathomable to the people. But can we turn our backs on the masses of humanity and still remain scientists? The movements of the heavenly bodies have become more comprehensible. Corona. hands folded over his paunch.com . GALILEO No?! – My dear Sarti. Even a wool merchant. of which I no longer consider myself a member. clearer to us. yet artificial miseries which mankind could obviously get rid of by getting rid of them.) to cover up their own machinations. fearing community! ANDREA To shun death is human. the scarlet woman. the pursuit of science seems to call for special courage. In this sense. I have reviewed my case and asked myself how the world of science. Our new art of doubting delighted the common people. The misery of the many is as old as the hills and is proclaimed in Church and university lecture hall to be as indestructible as the hills.) In my free time.The Life Of Galileo beast. science aims at making doubters of everybody. “We will eliminate our thousand-year-old artificial misery by eliminating those who make us miserable.) (In lecture style.” But then the tormentors showered us with threats and bribes. landlords. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. which weak souls cannot resist. whitewashing. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. etc. (A short pause. was won by doubt. death shunning. Those selfseeking violent men greedily exploited the fruits of science for their own ends but at the same time they felt the cold stare of science focused upon the millennial. and everything is different! Hallowed by our haggling. will judge it. But princes.

your jubilant cry.) GALILEO All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. If mankind goes on stumbling in a pearly. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. or not to use. you may well discover everything there is to discover. If scientists. Under these very special circumstances. (ANDREA offers him his hand. but does not take it. but your progress will be a profession away from humanity. the vow to use their knowledge only for the good of mankind. For a few years I was a strong as the authorities. takes up arms in both battlefields.com . Furthermore. or to misuse as served their purposes. stupefied. confine them selves to the accumulation of knowledge for the sake of knowledge. And yet I handed the powerful. (She walks on and sets the dish down on the table. browbeaten by selfish rulers. VIRGINIA You have been received in the ranks of the faithful. The South Forty Estate. it will never be able to use the forces of nature which science has discovered. my knowledge to use. As a scientist. What end are you scientists working for? To my mind. the best we can hope for is a generation of inventive dwarfs who can be hired for a song for any purpose. haze of superstition and outworn words and remains too ignorant to make full use of its own strength. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. A man who does what I have done cannot be tolerated in the ranks of science. science will be crippled and your new machines will only mean new hardships. The gulf between you and humanity may one day be so wide that the response to your exultation. Sarti. In my time astronomy reached the market place. I have come to the conclusion that I was never in any real danger. XI-i-160 (VIRGINIA has come in with a dish and remains standing.) GALILEO Yes. on man’s steadfastness might have had tremendous repercussions.) GALILEO I have betrayed my calling. If I had held out. As things stand now. Sarti. scientists might have developed something like the physicians’ Hippocratic oath. about some new achievement will be a universal outcry of horror.The Life Of Galileo Science! Science. GALILEO sees it. – I must eat now. I had a unique opportunity. Corona. the only purpose of science is to lighten the toil of the misery of human existence. Given time.

) Clear and bright! GALILEO VIRGINIA (CURTAIN) (END OF SCENE) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. VIRGINIA XI-i-161 Maybe not! How is the night? (At the window. Corona. I still like to eat. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. But I refuse to believe that your devastating analysis can be the last word.The Life Of Galileo You are teaching now yourself. ANDREA (Unable to leave.) GALILEO VIRGINIA (Seeing ANDREA out. Can you afford to shake a hand such as mine? (He goes to the table.) GALILEO Do you have any idea who could have sent the geese? Not Andrea.) Somebody on the way through has sent me two geese. VIRGINIA comes back. sir. The South Forty Estate. (ANDREA leaves. They upset him. (He begins to eat. ANDREA Then you no longer believe that a new era has dawned? GALILEO I do.) We don’t like visitors from the past. Thank you.) Regarding your opinion of the author we discussed I cannot answer you. – Take care of yourself when you pass through Germany with the truth under your coat.com .

The Life Of Galileo ii-162 XI- ACT XI Scene 2 1637. ANDREA. Early Morning. beside a COACHMAN. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. CHILDREN are playing by the turnpike near the guardhouse. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. is SETTING: TIME: AT RISE: All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. The South Forty Estate. The Patrol Station at a small northern Italian border town. Corona.com .

The great book o’er the border went.) Write under “Reason for Leaving”: Scholar. SEVERAL BORDER PATROL GUARDS march back and forth.com . Old Marina isn’t a witch. (He points at the hut in front of which ANDREA is sitting. .) XI-ii-163 THE FIRST BOY (To ANDREA. May you now guard science’ light. The COACH is on the far side of the turnpike. . He is sitting on a small box reading in Galileo’s manuscript. THE BORDER GUARD ANDREA THE BORDER GUARD (To the clerk. [Music Cue #57: Spirit “Mary”] CHILDREN (Sing.) Don’t sit there. The shift was full of shit but when cold weather came along. THE SECOND BOY All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. (The CLERK does so. Why are you leaving Italy? I’m a scholar. some stand at attention armed. But we hope you’ll keep in mind you and I were left behind. and get to Holland. Mary put her shift back on.) Sixteen hundred and thirty-seven Galileo’s book Discorsi crosses the Italian border. and good folk. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.The Life Of Galileo waiting for his papers to be examined by the GUARDS so he can get out of Italy.) Mary sat upon a stone. had a pink shift of her own.) A witch lives there. [Music Cue #56: Spirit “Finale”] A BALLAD SINGER (Speaks. keep it up and use it right lest it be a blame to fall one day to consume us all. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The South Forty Estate. Corona. Shitty is better than split. that was the end.

) Can’t see anything. THE FIRST BOY If she’s not a witch. The South Forty Estate.) THE BORDER GUARD (To the CLERK. Corona.) That’s Giuseppe. She flies through the air at night. because his pants are torn. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Nobody’d be so open about anything he wanted to hide.The Life Of Galileo Want me to twist your arm? THE FIRST BOY THE THIRD BOY She is too. the BOYS walk around him in a way indicating that they too are reading books. there’s no point in looking. What’s that book? THE BORDER GUARD ANDREA (Without looking up. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. the great philosopher. XI-ii-164 THE BORDER GUARD Anyway. (To ANDREA.com . (To ANDREA. (Suspiciously. THE BORDER GUARD ANDREA (To tease ANDREA. He doesn’t know anything. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. THE CLERK (Turning leaves. why can’t she get any milk anywhere in town? THE SECOND BOY How can she fly through the air? Nobody can do that.) Or can they? THE FIRST BOY (Referring to the SECOND BOY.) It’s by Aristotle.) You’ll have to sign a paper saying we examined everything. because he doesn’t go to school.) See if there is anything about religion in it.) What’s he up to? He’s dead.

pointing at the box. Then tell me: Can people fly through the air? Just a moment! You may proceed. we can’t examine everything. ha? Well.) Witchery. there’s something else.) THE THIRD BOY (To the clerk. Is that all? THE CLERK Yes. She’s bewitched Passi the coachman’s horses.) You say you’re a scholar. He sits down on the box again and continues to read. it belongs to the traveler.) Look.The Life Of Galileo (ANDREA hesitantly gets up and reading all the time goes into the house with the GUARDS. Wasn’t it here before? THE CLERK THE THIRD BOY THE SECOND BOY The devil has put it there. XI-ii-165 ANDREA THE BORDER GUARD All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Corona. THE BORDER GUARD (Following him with papers. We’d never get through. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. No. (ANDREA returns with a pitcher of milk. I looked through the hole in the roof that the snowstorm made. The South Forty Estate.com . THE CLERK (Almost at the box hesitates and goes back.) Close the boxes. THE SECOND BOY (To ANDREA. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. It’s a box. and I heard them coughing. THE THIRD BOY I wouldn’t go near it.

) How many? ANDREA Thirty-four.The Life Of Galileo (The COACHMAN picks up the luggage.) Open it! (The box is opened. How could she hex a box? If the devil’s helping her! THE BORDER GUARD (Laughs.) Books. (He kicks at the books.) Pfftt! (ANDREA.) ANOTHER BORDER GUARD Wait! What’s in the box? (Taking up his book again. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. Beyond it ANDREA puts GALILEO’S manuscript in his bag. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. if I go through all these books? THE BORDER GUARD You’re right! We’ve got to get that money. and when do you expect me to collect the overdue toll from Passi the coachman when his house is auctioned off. THE BORDER GUARD (To the CLERK. and the COACHMAN who carries the box.) Not in our rulebook! (To the CLERK.) Look! All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road.) THE BORDER GUARD (Listlessly. ANDREA takes his box and prepares to go.) THE THIRD BOY (Points at the pitcher that ANDREA had left behind. You’d have no time for breakfast. It’s the witch box.) What could be in them anyway? (To the COACHMAN.) How long will it take you? THE CLERK (Who has started rummaging superficially through the box.com . ANDREA THE FIRST BOY THE BORDER GUARD THE THIRD BOY Nonsense. The South Forty Estate. cross the border.) All printed stuff. Corona.

So that it not become a fire fall. you may not be living in reality. you and I we remained behind. and science’s light. so new. just allow it to shine bright. and misuse it not. Dear people.) Goodnight everyone all over the world! [Music Cue #59: Spirit “Goodnight”] (In ITALIAN) (MEDLEY Musical compilation plays while ALL take bows. . We don’t know nearly enough. .) Goodnight My Someone Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Brahms’ Lullaby Somewhere Over the Rainbow . Guard your. it just may be that your thoughts are right. CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. . sciences. Oh. when you think of something new. Guard your. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac. and misuse it not.) No. and science’s light. but one never knows if we may tomorrow shine. and science’s light. we don’t know. and misuse it not. and see what you see. Giuseppe. and unusual thing for man to do. yes. what we believe today. is tomorrow’s history taught. oh yes. for knowledge lies only in tomorrow’s thoughts. All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. We.The Life Of Galileo XI-ii-166 THE FIRST BOY And the box is gone! Now do you see it was the devil? ANDREA (Turning around. I haven’t answered your question. sciences. sciences. Give them to the old woman. Maybe they never will because man is too heavy. just allow it to shine bright. (Pause) Have a nice evening. use it. and have a great bright night! (Pause. Unless it has some sort of machine attached to it. Such machines don’t exist yet. who are thirsty for knowledge. Corona. Look around you. use it.com . write it down. so it won’t disappear for the future’s sound. above you. and do. just allow it to shine bright. [Music Cue #60: Spirit “Heavenly Harmony”] Instrumental Only HEAVENLY ORBS. it was me! You must learn to use your eyes. knowledge fled across the border with revenge. No one can fly through the air on a stick. Giuseppe. But of course. use it. The milk and the pitcher are paid for. And when you think. We’ve hardly begun. The South Forty Estate. that one-day darkens eternal call. consider the end. [Music Cue #58: Spirit “Guard Your Scientists”] BALLAD SINGERS Guard your.

CA 92881 Inland Empire Office: T. The South Forty Estate. 1-951-279-1134 Email: greenlandglobal@mac.com .The Life Of Galileo (CURTAIN) (END OF PLAY) All Rights Reserved by the Brecht Estate and Susanne Spirit/Greenland Global Entertainment © 2009 19430 Dry Gulch Road. Corona.

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