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2007/08 Season
PRODUCTIONS
Wittenberg
WORLD PREMIERE
By DAVID DAVALOS
Directed by J.R. SULLIVAN
On the Arcadia Stage
January 17 - March 23, 2008

Set during late October of 1517, this smart, sprightly and audacious battle of wits features university colleagues Dr. Faustus (a man of appetites), Martin Luther (a man of faith), and their student Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark (a youth struggling not only with his beliefs but also with his tennis game). Playwright David Davalos brings us the story behind the stories in a highly entertaining and accessible exploration of reason versus faith, starring Scott Greer as Faustus and Greg Wood as Luther.

Wittenberg is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. Wittenberg marks the 28th world premiere at the Arden and is part of our ongoing commitment to new work under the auspices of the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase.

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Wittenberg Background Press Release
Critical Acclaim–

"Finally – a decent Protestant Reformation comedy! [David] Davalos' wordplay, plus his riffs on religion vs. philosophy, made me hanker for a script. The dialogue sometimes flies by, given director J. R. Sullivan's effective lickety-split pacing in several scenes, and it's obvious that Wittenberg would be as much fun to read as this production is to see." –Philadelphia Inquirer  [Review]

"If you're looking for something different, I strongly recommend this comedy. Who would have thought Wittenberg could find laughter in the Protestant Reformation? The cast couldn't be better." –KYW Newsradio

"Witty... Scott Greer is magnificent. Davalos has talent to burn." –WRTI Radio

"Brilliant! Smart, funny, wise and accessible, the theatrical equivalent of a jam session. The Arden's production is about as good as it gets. Greg Wood is occasionally angry and always searching and Scott Greer captures both Faustus' hedonistic and philosophical sides. Wood and Greer are two of Philadelphia's best actors. Get thee to Wittenberg." –Chestnut Hill Local

"Rarely has the perennial debate on faith versus reason been so much fun. Greg Wood creates a likeable and sympathetic character, admirably conveying the humanity of this man of God." –The Evening Bulletin

"Everything that shapes our lives today all stems from the central conflict between faith and science that launched the Protestant Reformation... a pair of acting tour-de-forces add vigor and humor. Both actors keep the play intriguing... Wood's muted comedy in his fiery natures vs. Greer's animal exuberance throughout adds a wondefurlly enjoyable layer of depth." –EDGE Philadelphia

"Clever, funny and hip. Director J.R. Sullivan keeps things lively and he's helped by a hilariously broad comic performance by Scott Greer as Faustus. There's also good work by Greg Wood as Luther, Shawn Fagan as Hamlet and Kate Udall, who plays all the female roles with a confident aura which makes you wonder if, in this play full of intellectual men, she might be the smartest person in the room. And that may be the best joke of all." –Talkin' Broadway

"A first class production. Greer and Wood are well cast and each brings to life the depths and passionate beliefs that make their characters interesting." –The County Press

"An evening that will stimulate your intellect while making you giggle and guffaw... very funny... Greg Wood plays Luther with his usual pitch-perfect precision. It's more than worth the trip." –Town and Country

"Devilishly witty... Greer's portrayal of Faustus as an over-accomplished doctor, lawyer, psychiatrist and singer/songwriter channels the antics of Jack Black. I laughed so hard I cried. Helps wash away your winter blues." –DigPhilly

"It's the best two hours of theater in town right now. As refreshing as an ice-cold bath in the Elbe River but much more fun." –The Daily Local

"The play has great, deep humor. Beautifully researched and written, it is serious yet humorous and utterly delightful. This play is spot on... it's a major triumph." –Stage Magazine Online

Behind the Scenes–

The Evening Bulletin's Sally Friedman discusses the Arden's Wittenberg Salon.  [Article]

Northeast Times' Rita Charleston talks with Wittenberg actor Greg Wood.  [Article]
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Wittenberg
Cast
Shawn Fagan
Scott Greer
Kate Udall
Greg Wood

Scenic & Lighting Design
Michael Philippi
Costume Design
Elizabeth Covey
Sound Design
Jorge Cousineau
Assistant Director
Matt Pfeiffer
Stage Manager
Patricia G. Sabato


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