Picardo To Direct Rhys-Davies as Galileo

By Michelle
August 19, 2003 - 11:19 PM

The Planetary Society will hold a benefit performance next month entitled An Evening with Galileo and His Daughter, directed by Star Trek: Voyager's Robert Picardo (The Doctor) and starring John Rhys-Davies.

StarTrek.com reports that the one-time-only production will pay tribute to the Galileo spacecraft, which will end its 14-year mission the previous day by plunging into Jupiter's atmosphere.

Adapted from Dava Sobel's book Galileo's Daughter, the play, is based on letters written by the scientist to his child, a cloistered nun. The drama focuses on Galileo's scientific breakthroughs and resulting conflicts with the Church.

Linda Purl will play Suor Maria Celeste.

Rhys-Davies played another famous Renaissance man, Leonardo Da Vinci, on Voyager, but is also well-known to genre fans from his work in the Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings films.

The performance will take place on Monday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. Tickets are $60 and $75. For information, contact barbara.rayworth@planetary.org or see the original article here.

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