April 20, 2017
It is October 1517 in northern Germany and the characters of Hamlet, his mentor John Faustus, and Faustus’ colleague and Hamlet’s instructor and priest, Martin Luther, all collide in a brilliant theatrical construction by David Davalos. Local critics and patrons alike found Wittenberg to be entertaining and intellectually satisfying in equal measure – a definite theatrical feat!
Southwest Shakespeare presents “Wittenberg,” a hilarious and thought-provoking fiction based on three characters who allegedly attended Wittenberg University: Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation and advocate of self control; Faust, a Jacobean character from literature who argues the case of free will and free love; and Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark who is notoriously indecisive. As Martin Luther and Faust ply their most persuasive arguments, Hamlet vacillates in his attitude towards moral decision making.