For six performances on October 12-14 and 19-21, 2018, plus a special seventh performance for 200 students from three local middle schools, Bozeman Actors Theatre presented Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece Life of Galileo at the Museum of the Rockies to rave reviews. Under the direction of Gordon Carpenter, with stage management by Anna Neikirk, the play featured Kalen Watson as Galileo and an outstanding supporting cast of Aaron Schuerr, Alex Miller, Colton Swibold, Emily Jones, Hugh Burroughs, and Sydney Madill playing multiple roles each. (Read the press release.)
The play’s costume designer was Stefanie Cytron, with lighting and sound design by Jonathan Dove and scenic design by Angela Cateora and Taylor Davis. Gretchen Minton served as dramaturg, and Tonya Andrews was acting coach for the cast. The play’s producer was Kevin Brustuen.
The play featured thoughtful talkback discussions with MSU scholars and the actors following most performances, and a calendar of related events at the Museum and on campus during the month of October kept interest alive even after the play closed.