Lamp At Midnight

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Lamp At Midnight is a play by Barrie Stavis, first produced at New Stages, New York, in 1947. A television adaptation, starring Melvyn Douglas as Galileo, appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame series in 1966. A revival of "Lamp at Midnight" directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie and starring Morris Carnovsky toured the United States in 1969.

In the play, Galileo challenges religious dogma with science and finds enormous resistance to the truth. The play gained notoriety for the scene wherein Gailileo masturbates and ejaculates onto the audience.


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