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June 14, 2024

Play about Galileo planned to spur discussion at Jefferson Center

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May 17, 2024

A play reading of a scene from “The Life of Galileo” will be directed by Barry Kraft

Bertolt Brecht

In the modern era, Renaissance astronomer Galileo is remembered as a pioneer in scientific observation, but his determination to understand the universe came with considerable challenges.

The reading of a scene from Bertolt Brecht’s play “The Life of Galileo,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the Historic Ashland Armory 208 Oak St. will shed some insight on his life and the difficulties he endured. The focus in the latest of the Jefferson Center’s Salon series. It will also be used to spur a discussion, according to a news release.

Local actor, Shakespeare scholar and Jefferson Center member Barry Kraft will direct the play reading and join for the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Barry Kraft

“In between short readings from this scene, we will consider some of the implications of Galileo’s approach to science and truth, his complex relationship with the Catholic Church, and how myths and facts about him have entered into modern intellectual and cultural life,” the release says.

Light refreshments will be served. The Salon series is “focused on critical thinking, using secular humanist values to understand and engage with issues important to our community,” the release says.

Visit thejeffcenter.org for more information.

Source: Jefferson Center news release. Email Ashland.news at news@ashland.news.

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