Scenes 5 and 6 are both explorations of Galileo's scientific experiments and findings, so I'm going to talk about them together.
But first: SCIENCE!
Scene 6 is full of SCIENCE! Just so you know, I have been yelling SCIENCE! intermittently, at random, in the middle of the production office backstage. I encourage you to do the same. Except not in the production office, because it's already pretty crowded in there.
Scene 6: Incline Plane There is no singing in this scene; instead, Galileo, in spoken language, expounds on his findings on the inclined plane.
I can't tell you what Philip Glass or Mary Zimmerman intended to happen during the long musical interlude here (because, as I've mentioned previously, all stage directions have been accidentally excluded from the score). What I can tell you is what's happening on our stage, which is, basically, six minutes of gleeful wonder at the process of scientific discovery. IT'S AWESOME!
Using a ladder and a beautiful replica of Galileo's inclined plane, our cast of characters explore three of Galileo's most important scientific experiments.