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When: April 4-May 11 2014
Attentive Shakespeare readers know Wittenberg as the university Prince Hamlet was attending when he heard news of his father’s death. Others might know Wittenberg as the place where Martin Luther was a professor of theology, and where he nailed his 95 theses to the university’s chapel door, thus starting the Protestant Reformation. Still others might recall that the protagonist in Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus was also a scholar at Wittenberg before he made his pact with the devil. Wittenberg the play, written by David Davalos and in production for the first time in the Bay Area at Aurora Theatre Company, throws these well-known characters together, wondering how they might have informed each other’s lives and ideals — all with a generous dusting of poop and tenure jokes. Expect ample guffaws and much literary tee-heeing, but not much in emotional grounding.
— Anna Pulley


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