Second Thought Theatre presents Martyr
Second Thought Theatre kicks off its 2016 season with an area premiere about religious fundamentalism gone wrong. Blake Hackler makes his STT directorial debut in this play by Marius von Mayenburg.
Hackler, who appeared in STT’s production of Cock in 2014, directs the story of Benjamin, who is obsessed with the Old Testament. As the teen’s behavior becomes increasingly aggressive, his teachers, his mother and his fellow students begin to worry that Benjamin’s religious fixation has gone too far. Translated from its original German by Maja Zade, the darkly comic Martyr asks us how we should respond to those who wield fundamentalism as a weapon.
Garrett Storms makes his STT debut as Christian zealot Benjamin Sudel. Joining Storms are Ruben Carranzana as Georg Hansen, Andrews Cope as Markus Dorflinger, Mikaela Krantz as Lydia Weber, Allison Pistorius as Erika Roth, Paul Taylor as Vicar Dieter Menrath, Lulu Ward as Inge Sudel, and Thomas Ward as Willy Batzler.
Performances will take place in Bryant Hall at the Kalita Humphreys Theater complex.