Copyrighted September 15, 2017.

CHARACTERS

  1. Martin Luther
  2. Katherina Von Bora
  3. Cardinal Cajetan
  4. Elector
  5. Ursula 
  6. Henry the Eighth
  7. Thomas More
  8. Josel
  9. Thomas Muntzer
  10. Pastor Elizabeh
  11. Pope Leo
  12. Devon
  13. Cardinal Petrucci
  14. Philip Melanchton
  15. Madeline
  16. Eva
  17. Voice
  18. Peter

 October 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's the nailing of the 95 theses on the Church Door at Castle Church in Wittenberg.   So the playwright decided to examine the life of one of the most influential theologians in human history. 


This two-act drama examines the life of Germany's leading theologian of all time.  One out of every ten Protestants today is a Lutheran, as is one of out of every 20 Christians    And the play asks if he had more in common with Osama Bin Laden than with Jesus of Nazareth. How do the extraordinary accomplishments of this reformer and theologian stand up to the greatest of Jesus commandments: Love your neighbor with your whole heart and soul?  


Luther valiantly confronted corruption in one the most powerful organizations on earth:  the Roman Catholic Church.   Leo the  Tenth, a Medici no less, had to raise funds to pay off his lavish ordination as pope.  The ceremony was the most lavish of all time.  More importantly, Leo badly needed funds for the expansion and renovation of St. Peter's Basilica.   The selling of indulgences to remove purgatory time was a profitable method of funding.  Purgatory appears nowhere in Scripture and so the institution that created the concept was now selling indulgences to avoid suffering in that place. 


His 95  theses against the Church worked.   Here I stand echoes throughout the world.   His theological treatises have now become major areas of study, and he has already inspired millions of people throughout the world for both his bravery and brilliance. He will become the most famous and influential German theologian and pastor in human history. 


But he must face his call for genocide against two significant groups of the German population:  Peasants and Jews.  In doing this,  the same Christian leader who could discuss the minute detail of Christian doctrine ignored the most important Important commandment:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Martin Luther called for the slaughter of peasants who rebelled, and all Jews who did not convert to Christianity   Hundreds of thousands of peasants lost their lives during his lifetime.  And his sixty-five page on why and how to persecute Jews would lay the groundwork for mass genocide in future centuries.


His play reeks with its dreams and reality.  He faces off with the corrupt and perverted Pope Leo, And then a mystery man appears and harasses Luther on a statement made years ago:  I fear the Devil and sometimes can destroy him with a fart. and then has a contemptuous run-in with Henry VIII, Defender of the Faith.  And then who is this mysterious Manny who won't  leave him alone, and challenges the founder of Lutheranism. And a man named Peter and the Reverend Mueller seek answers from the most influential  Protestant of all time.   Katherina, the nun he married a quarter of a century ago and shocked the world, consoles him. 


The drama is heavily sprinkled with selections from Luther's sixty musical compositions.  And Felix Mendelson's Reformation Symphony serves as the dramas basic theme music


 







ANTHONY E. GALLO  

202 544 6973 agallo2368@verizon.net

Premiere Staged Reading at Cosmos Theater November 18, 2017  Cosmowriters Workshop, September 25, 2017

 

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​​​​​ANTHONY E. GALLO
agallo2368@verizon.net     202 544 6973

LUTHER

A TWO ACT PLAY 

by

Anthony E. Gallo