CELESTIAL BODIES World Premiere at Getz Theatre

CELESTIAL BODIES November 30 – December 10, 2011 World Premiere

Lisa Schlesinger

Written by Lisa Schlesinger
Directed by Will Casey
Columbia College Chicago/Getz Theatre/72 East 11th Street/Chicago, Il 60605
Box office 312-369-6126


History celebrates Galileo Galilee as the Father of Modern Science, the Father of Modern Physics and the Father of Modern Observational Astronomy. He was also the father of three children with his mistress Marina Gamba. While the now famous 17th century astronomer, scientist and mathematician is best known for discovering planetary phases, sunspots and the satellites of Jupiter, Marina Gamba helped him discover sexual passion.

Playwright Lisa Schlesinger’s new play CELESTIAL BODIES introduces us to Marina Gamba, a crafty young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to study with Galileo and learn all she can about science, mathematics and the arts. When her secret comes to light, however, her life and the exploration of science are changed forever. This world-premiere production is a lush and entertaining speculation on how Gamba and Galileo inspired, supported and cared for each other. History remembers Galileo, but he and Gamba were equal partners in their daring to challenge social norms of class, gender, science, and the Catholic Church. CELESTIAL BODIES is a fantasia of epic proportions with 20 actors, stilt walkers, clowns, improvised jokesters gaily exploring a universe of outrageous characters, living robust and exciting live.

About the playwright

Lisa Schlesinger is the Playwriting Coordinator in the Fiction Department at Columbia College Chicago. Her plays include Wal-martyrs, Celestial Bodies, Twenty One Positions(with Naomi Wallace and Abed Abu Srour), Same Egg, Manny and Chicken, Rock Ends Ahead, Bow Echo, The Bones of Danny Winston, The Go Back Land, and The Artist of Transparency. She is currently at work on the book for a new opera, Harmonicus Mundi. She has received commissions from the BBC, the Guthrie Theatre, the BBC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Portland Stage Company. She is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award and winner of the BBC International Playwriting Award and received grants and awards from the NEA, CEC Artslink International, the Bush Foundation, and the Iowa Arts Council, among others. Her work has been produced in the United States and Europe and translated into several languages. She received her MFAs from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop and taught at the University of Iowa and Coe College before coming to Columbia College Chicago.

$15 General admission
$10 Senior citizens and students of other colleges


Wednesday, November 30 – 6:30pm
Thursday, December 1 – 7:30pm
Friday, December 2 – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 3 – 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 7 – 7:30pm
Thursday, December 8 – 7:30pm
Friday, December 9 – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 10 – 2:00pm