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“Galileo in the Underworld”

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scenes   --from the Vital Theatre, NYC, production, 2003

Nesvet, R. L. (American playwright, student, 1978-____), “Galileo in the Underworld,”

a 30-minute theatre of the absurd comedy in English, set in Hell, 2001,


; • © 1998 by R. L. Nesvet; • in R. L. Nesvet’s Galileo in the Underworld (Bethesda Maryland, U.S.A.: The Author, 1998); • script/rights available from R. L. Nesvet, 7500 Woodmont Avenue, Apartment 917, Bethesda Maryland 20814, U.S.A., e-mail upstart_crow2@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 301 907 0979, http://www.geocities.com/upstart_crow2/. • Cited by R. L. Nesvet via ftp March 13, 2002; Nesvet says,

§ Dramatis Personae Galileo Galilei (m), in his 60s at death, an astronomer, resident in Hell for 386 years; Lucifer (m or andro f), Prince of Darkness, no age but looks and acts young; Mephistopheles (m), no age, looks and acts 20s or so, a demon; Nightshade (f), looks and acts 16-35, another demon.

§ Synopsis “It’s 1992. Pope John Paul II has just apologised to Galileo Galilei and admitted that the astronomer wasn’t dreadfully wrong about the motion of planets, after all. Galileo is being discharged from Hell, and Lucifer wonders whether a similar ‘mistake’ may have been made in his own case. However, he knows that nobody is let out of Hell—ever. If Galileo can really leave, then maybe the place they’re in isn’t actually Hell. Only a trip to the mysterious Ground Floor will solve the mystery—or make all Hell break loose.

§ Comment “Premiered at the Burton-Taylor Theatre of Oxford University, as part of Oxford University Drama Society’s Cuppers Festival in 1998-99. • Produced at Vital Theatre, New York City, March-April, 2003. • Simple set: a sofa, some modern science equipment, and a door is all you’ll need. Obviously with regards to costumes for the demons, you can be as creative as you like. • I have won several awards and productions for my other plays. C.V. supplied upon request.”

§ Themes absurdity, astronomy, biography, bizarre, black comedy, dark comedy, discharge, Galileo (Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist and astronomer, 1564-1642), Hell, journey, Lucifer, Marlowe (Christopher Marlowe, English playwright, 1564-1593), nightmare, Pope John Paul II (born Karol Wojtyla [voy TIH wah], 1920-____), regulation, religion, science.

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