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Premiere Staged Reading at Cosmos Theater November 18, 2017

​​​​​ANTHONY E. GALLO     202 544 6973


Marin Luther

Katherina Luther

Jon Eck

 Desiderio Erasmus


Thomas Munschler


The Devil


Pope Leo X

Henry the Eighth

 St. James

Conrad, A servant


Johann von Staupitz





Anthony E. Gallo

The year 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. This  play is about hate, and ignoring Jesus great commndent: Love your neighbor with your whole heart and soul. 

He faced corruption of the most powerful organization on earth.  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.  The selling of indulgences to remove purgatory time.  Purgatory appears no where in Scriptue and so the institution that created the concept was now selling indulgences to avoid suffering.   And it was working.   The corrupt and pope hadto pay off expenses from his lavish installation ceremony that bankrupted the Roman Church.

The time is 1546, and  Luther is ill.  He falls into a deep; slumber after his wife Katarina goes into the village, and suddenly he has a dream and is besieged from all his enemies of old.  

The  famous former Augustinian friar is ill in his room.  Some say  He is the most celebrated, admired, and  brilliant theologians in the world.   He has triumphed over the powerful Vatican and the Papacy.  His 95 theses against the Roman church have inspired Christians throughout the world.  Here I stand echoes trhoughout the world.   His theological treatises  have now become major areas of study, and he has already inspired millions of pole 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 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 minute detail of Christian doctrine  ignored the most important Important commandment:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Martin Luther called for the slaughter of an peasants who rebelled, and all Jews who did not convert to Christianty   Hundreds of thousands of peasants lost their lives during his lifemte.  And his sixty five page on why and how to persecute Jews wold lay the groundwork for mass gencide in future centuries.

His dream reeks with 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.  Ad 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 influetnial  Protestant of all time.   Katerina, the nun he married a quarter of a century  ago and shocked the world, consoles him.  And a whole host of other characters fro Erasmus to Melanchthon also confront Luther.  Even St. James appears to question the first German translator of the Bible.

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