I Cannot Say Revoco: The Dissenting Voice of Martin Luther by D. Richard Tucker
Rather than featuring a full biography of the man, this play concentrates on Martin Luther’s protests that led to his ninety-five theses and the changes that snowballed into the Protestant reformation. The play’s theme recounts the historic events focusing on the timeless tale of a lone dissenting voice in a corrupt political organization. By showing the these historical figures as real personalities, the play also carries the social theme of the son seeking for his father’s approval and the spiritual theme of the understanding of God as the heavenly father.
CAST (7 M, 1 F)
MARTIN Luther, religious scholar, German, 34 years old
HANS Luther, his father, German
Johann von ECK, religious scholar, German
Johann von TETZEL, priest, German
George, MARGRAVE of Brandenburg
Johann von STAUPITZ, Augustinian monk, Luther’s mentor, German
PRIEST, metaphorical representative of the Clergy during the Peasant War
LANDGRAVE, German royal.
Cardinal CAJETAN, High ranking Catholic official, Italian
Andreas von KARLSTADT, Church reformer, German
CHARLES, Holy Roman Emperor, Spanish
Karl von MILTITZ, Low ranking official of the Church, German
Thomas MUENTZER, leader of the Peasant rebellion, German
FERDINAND, Regent to Emperor, Spanish
NOBLEMAN, German noble
PHILIPP Melanchthon, young teacher and protégé to Luther, German
KATHARINA von Bora, former nun and Luther’s wife, German, 26 years old
This shows the preferred method of casting, however directors may use their own discretion and add additional performers to minimize double-casting.
Time: 1517 through 1530
Setting: Various locations in Germany and Rome
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