Midshipmen from the Naval Academy’s drama group, The Masqueraders, will perform Bertolt Brecht’s “Galileo” Nov. 13 – 14 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 20 – 21 at 8 p.m. in Mahan Hall at the Naval Academy.
Performances are open to the public. Tickets are on sale now for $12 per person and can be purchased by calling 410-293-TIXS (8497), or online at http://navyperforms.showare.com/.
Galileo follows the life of Galileo Galilei, the great Italian natural philosopher, and explores the question of a scientist’s social and ethical responsibility. Galileo must choose between his life and his life’s work when confronted with the demands of the Inquisition.
“Our production investigates how Galileo is caught between the turbulent forces of the aristocracy and the church,” said Christy Stanlake, Naval Academy English Department associate professor and director of the Masqueraders. “Both institutions appreciate the financial benefits that his discoveries and inventions yield, but they do not want the commoners to get wind of Galileo’s theories.”
The Masqueraders were officially founded in 1907 and is the oldest extracurricular activity at the Naval Academy. Each fall the Masqueraders produce one main-stage show, which is selected to support the curriculum of the academy’s English department. The group also performs a series of student-directed, one-act plays every spring.
Past fall performances have included “Translations,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Macbeth.” They also performed “Green Grown the Lilacs” at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian in November 2010. Their most recent plays have received 5-Star ratings from professional theatre reviewers across the DC and Baltimore regions.
The Naval Academy recommends that visitors attending the performances walk through Gate 3 (Maryland Ave.). Visitors may also walk through Gate 1 (King George St.). All visitors 18 years-of-age and older are required to show valid, government-issued picture ID. Drivers without Department of Defense I.D. are not permitted on the Naval Academy grounds. Handicapped visitors with proper decals are permitted through Gate 1 after a vehicle inspection. All bags are subject to search.