Save your soul, John!—Martin Luther

Free your mind, Martin!—Dr. Faustus

Upstream Theater is excited to present WITTENBERG by David Davalos.

Alan Knoll and Steve Isom in WITTENBERG ProPhotoSTL.com


"just what sophisticated theatergoers are looking for" -- Calvin Wilson, Post-Dispatch

 "easily the funniest play from Upstream Theater to date—though just as challenging, and mentally exalting, as we've come to expect from the group" -- Richard Green, Talkin' Broadway

"a most enjoyable trek... tasty food for thought" -- Mark Bretz, Ladue News

"lovely production... splendid cast" -- Steve Callahan, KDHX

"a sure bet for theater-goers who want something different" -- Ann Lemons Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks

"a play that has to be seen to be believed"  -- Michelle Kenyon, Snoop's Theatre Thoughts

"wit, wordplay and wondrous performances" -- Lynn Venhaus, St. Louis Limelight

It’s October 1517, and the new fall semester at the University of Wittenberg finds certain members of the faculty and student body at personal and professional crossroads. Hamlet (senior, class of 1518) is returning from a summer in Poland spent studying astronomy, where he has come in contact with a revolutionary scientific theory that threatens the very order of the universe, resulting in psychic trauma and a crisis of faith for him. His teacher and mentor John Faustus (Professor of Philosophy) has decided at long last to make an honest woman of his paramour, Helen, a former nun who is now one of the Continent's most sought-after courtesans. And Faustus' colleague and Hamlet's instructor and priest, Martin Luther (Professor of Theology), is dealing with the spiritual and medical consequences of his long-simmering outrage at certain abusive practices of the Church. Tavern disputes, tennis duels, 16th century lounge hits, and the slings and arrows of outrageous wit will tickle your brain into overdrive.

With Casey Boland, Steve Isom, Alan Knoll, and Caitlin Mickey. Directed by Philip Boehm.


Jan 25-27, Jan 31-Feb 3, Feb 7-10

Kranzberg Arts Center (501 N. Grand @ Olive)

All shows at 8 PM except Sundays at 7 and last Sunday at 2 PM

Running time approx. 2 hrs.

Tickets $35 general, $30 for seniors 65 and over, $25 for full-time students with valid ID

Rave reviews for WITTENBERG--

"…a crackling good bit of entertainment…bursts with a Stoppardian eagerness to tickle as it tangles with weightier issues…Hilarity, thy name is WITTENBERG." —NY Times. "[An] adorable, playfully anachronistic and unerringly affectionate academic satire, a sort of quadrangular Shakespeare in Love: It's a philosophy survey course and a non-smirking smartypants comedy all in one." —New York Magazine. "…a delightful romp that's as accessible as it is thought-provoking. Tom Stoppard, eat your heart out." —New York Post. "…the pace is zippy, the themes beautifully articulated and the overall sensation exhilarating…'To be or not to be' never sounded so entertaining." —Huffington Post. "A cocktail of brainy allusions, absurdist plot twists, sly wordplay and disarming anachronisms, fortified with serious ideas, WITTENBERG should delight Tom Stoppard fans, recovering English majors, disillusioned academics and anyone who has ever wondered what Helen of Troy was like in the sack…WITTENBERG's chief assets are Davalos' light, confident handling of bona fide philosophical concepts and his archly virtuosic language…" —Washington Post. "Finally—a decent Protestant Reformation comedy! Davalos' wordplay, plus his riffs on religion vs. philosophy, made me hanker for a script. The dialogue sometimes flies by…and it's obvious that WITTENBERG would be as much fun to read as this production is to see." —Philadelphia Inquirer.


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