Theater at Mason Presents ‘The Trials of Galileo’

Posted: March 22, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: March 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

By Jill Graziano Laiacona

Theater at Mason, in collaboration with Hint of Lime Productions, presents “The Trials of Galileo” at TheaterSpace on the Fairfax Campus on Friday, March 25, at 8 p.m.

Written and directed by Nic Young, this renowned one-man show starring Tim Hardy explores the events surrounding Galileo’s trial for heresy in 1634 and how he misjudged the politics and thinking of his age.

In 1610, Galileo looked through his telescope to find incontrovertible proof that the Earth revolved around the sun, which directly contradicted the Catholic Church’s teaching that the Earth was the center of the universe.

Though his discovery was eventually accepted universally, in Galileo’s time, it challenged the power of the church, and Galileo was considered a threat to the church’s authority. He was subsequently tried and convicted as a heretic and sentenced to house arrest until his death in 1642.

While these events took place half a millennium ago, the story raises questions about the role of faith in a changing world and the responsibility of scientists that are still relevant today.

Young is the author of the teleplay “The First Emperor,” as well as episodes of the docudrama “The Great Wall of China” and “Discovery Atlas” on The Discovery Channel. He has directed episodes of the BBC’s “Days that Shook the World” and “Discovery Atlas.”  Most recently, he directed and produced episodes of the BBC’s “Britain from Above.”

Hardy is an actor, director and faculty member at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He has narrated more than 300 television documentaries for the History and Discovery Channels, and has performed in “Casualty 1909,” “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” and the American musical parade at the Edinburgh Festival.

A reception with Hardy will follow the production.

All proceeds from this performance benefit activities of the Friends of Theater at Mason, a group that works to increase community awareness and support for the theater programs by sponsoring theater-related events and leading initiatives to raise scholarship funds for theater students.

General tickets are $30; limited free student tickets are available. Once the limited free student tickets are gone, student ticket prices will be $15 each. For tickets, please contact Leticia Moreno Enos at

TheaterSpace is located in the de Laski Performing Arts Building, Room 105.



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