The Industry

Fund: $40,000

In The Industry’s Galileo, director Yuval Sharon radically reimagines Bertolt Brecht’s play Life of Galileo on a stretch of public beach in San Pedro around an enormous fire sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn. A 30-member cast of singers, actors, dancers, and an 18-piece orchestra with original music by composer Andy Akiho will bring to life Galileo’s story in a carnivalesque atmosphere. The action of the play follows the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei and his conflict with the Roman Catholic Church. In this adaptation, the play becomes an elemental fable about the triumph of freethinking over authority. The bonfire at the center of the production will emanate from a sculptural stage set also by Glynn, who drew inspiration from Galileo’s own drawings of the phases of the moon, as well as from the set designs of Isamu Noguchi. Made from steel, Glynn’s ambitious set will evoke torches, a town square, the Inquisition’s pyre, and the sun itself. As Galileo states in the play: “The only truth that finds its way into the world is the truth that we push through. If reason is victorious, it’s only thanks to reasonable people.” It’s an idea that feels more urgent than ever, brought to life through a fusion of visual art, theatre, music, and dance.