Fellowship for Performing Arts presents Martin Luther on Trial
Martin Luther on Trial, an original play by Chris Cragin-Day and Max McLean produced by New York-based Fellowship for Performing Arts, begins its first national tour this fall for the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.
In a fantasy setting in the afterlife, St. Peter presides over the case for Martin Luther's soul, Lucifer prosecutes, and Luther's wife, Katie, defends. Witnesses ranging from St. Paul to Hitler to Freud to Pope Francis are called to argue for or against Luther's undeniable influence and equally undeniable faults.
On Oct. 31, 1517, Luther nailed his "Ninety-Five Theses" to the door of a cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany, beginning the Protestant Reformation. Luther's action liberated the Bible to be read by average men and women and memorialized the concept of salvation by grace. Yet, Luther's attacks caused deep division and splintered the unity of the established church. In his later years, he also descended into cruel anti-Semitism.