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'Queen's University Drama Presents Orbit'
Queen's University Department of Drama is proud to present the premiere production of Orbit by Jennifer Wise and directed by Craig Walker. This production is the inaugural performance in the new Isabel Bader Performing Arts Centre Studio Theatre.
Galileo Galilei has been called "the father of observational astronomy," "the father of physics" and "the father of modern science."; but he was also a real father to three children. His son, Vincenzio enjoyed all the privileges of independence that Galileo could make available. His daughters Virginia and Livia, on the other hand, were sent to a convent to live out their lives in seclusion and misery. Inspired by Virginia's surviving letters to her father, the playwright Jennifer Wise brings the long silenced sisters to life within our imaginations. Under the direction of Craig Walker, Head of the Queen's Department of Drama and former Artistic Director of Theatre Kingston, and director of dozens of performances in the Kingston area over the past twenty years, Orbit explores the human scale within a vast cosmos.
Jennifer Wise is a playwright and Associate Professor of theatre history at the University of Victoria, whose work is published in Canada, the U.S, the U.K and Germany. Her fresh and lively translation of Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui was staged at the Phoenix Theatre in Victoria, at York University and at the Great Hall Black Box in Toronto in 2013.
Professional actor Paul Rainville will lead an otherwise all-student cast as Galileo. Recipient of the Audrey Ashley Award for his distinguished contributions to Ottawa theatre, Paul Rainville has acted with the National Arts Centre, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Gladstone Theatre and more. He has also been seen on more local stages, making appearances in 2013 as Polonius in Hamlet in the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, and in No Great Mischief at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.