Martin Luther On Trial

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Posted on : 03-11-2017 | By : wmb | In : Uncategorized

We were a group of 19, including 5 students, that attended this fantastic performance by the Fellowship for Performing arts. It was especially meaningful to see this live on-stage performance just 3 days before the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which is October 31st. In 1517, a young Augustinian monk nailed 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg Germany. This act launched the Protestant Reformation, or Revolt, depending on your point of view. Luther’s influence was great and far reaching. On page 151 in our hymnals is the hymn “A Mighty Fortress
Is Our God”. Both lyrics and melody were penned by Martin Luther between 1527 and 1529.

The play takes place in The Afterlife at a Crossroads between Heaven and Hell. Lucifer is the prosecutor and Katie Von Bora, Martin Luther’s wife, is the defense attorney with Saint Peter as the Judge. The accusation Lucifer brings is that Martin Luther, as a result of his 95 Theses, splintered the Christian Church and in so doing committed the “unforgiveable sin” and should rightly be consigned to Hell. A parade of witness for the prosecution included Hitler, Sigmund Freud and for the defense Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope Francis.

During the trial there were historical flashbacks to key moments in Luther’s life.

From Lucifer’s side of the stage smoke bellowed from Hell. The lighting, sound, staging and costuming were excellent! Having seen all Fellowship for Performing Arts productions to date this was the best yet!

Stay tuned! C.S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert will be coming to Houston in 2018, probably around March.

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