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WOYZECK/GALILEO


Performance

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Experience the collision of two of history’s most celebrated dramatists in a site-specific double bill of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck and Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo. Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55 at the Harvard Art Museums, WOYZECK/GALILEO explores the human condition in the wake of historical, scientific, and technological developments that challenge it.
 
Galileo devotes himself to a tireless search for scientific truth in a world that condemns it, while Woyzeck, seeking to support his wife Marie and their young child, submits himself in an act of desperation to be the human subject of a monstrous science experiment. Although centuries apart and in opposite social circumstances, the two share an enduring devotion to their respective causes, which will ultimately lead them to sacrifice that which makes them most human.
 
Directed and produced by Mitchell Polonsky, Harvard ’19.

The performance will take place in the Calderwood Courtyard. Please enter the museums via the Quincy Street entrance. Doors will open at 6pm.

This program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at noon on Tuesday, February 13, at the Harvard Box Office, located in Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St, Cambridge. Tickets must be picked up in person and are not available online or by phone. Limit of two tickets per person.
 
From 6 to 7pm, guests are invited to view the Inventur exhibition on Level 3.
 
Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.
 
The Harvard Art Museums are deeply grateful to the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum (Verein der Freunde des Busch-Reisinger Museums) for making the exhibition catalogue possible and for providing additional funding for the exhibition. Major support for the exhibition and related programming comes from endowed funds, including the Daimler Curatorship of the Busch-Reisinger Museum Fund, the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, and the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. In addition, modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.