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Martin Luther on Trial Delivers a Complex Ballet of Ideas Choreographed with Wit and Precision.

Theater Mania

Brave and Brilliant . . . Unusually Wry and Well-Acted.

The New Yorker

Bristles With Laugh-Out-Loud One Liners

DC Metro Theater Arts

The Pearl Theatre


A dazzling evening of theatre erupts onstage in an afterlife trial for the soul of Martin Luther . . . at Lucifer’s request. This fantastical courtroom drama features Hitler, Freud, MLK Jr and Pope Francis as witnesses, a reenactment of Satan’s rebellion and his failed attempt to enlist Michael the Archangel!

All this along with a thorough examination of Luther’s life and his loving relationship with Katie Von Bora. And did we mention how funny it is? No FPA production has generated more audience excitement than Martin Luther on Trial.


For a Catholic view of Martin Luther on Trial read here and here.

Run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including a 15 min intermission.
(Recommended for ages 13 and older. Children under age 4 not admitted.)


What the Critics are Saying


Brave and brilliant and principled but also arrogant and angry. Flashbacks offer sensitive insights into Luther’s tussles with authority and scripture… UNUSUALLY WRY AND WELL-ACTED.”

The New Yorker

ASTOUNDING ACTING combined with the gorgeous set, time-period costumes, lighting and music cues make Martin Luther on Trial AN UNFORGETTABLE PRODUCTION of documentary, historical accuracy and effective self-awareness.”

New York Theatre Guide

“With Martin Luther on Trial, Fellowship for Performing Arts offers something that has been sorely missing from the New York theater scene for far too long: HIGH-QUALITY, CHALLENGING THEATER from a CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE.”

Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania

This is epic theatre that’s IMMENSELY ENTERTAINING, philosophically profound and superbly enacted by a WORLD-CLASS cast.”

New York Theater Buying Guide

A DRAMATIC, theological, psychological, HILARIOUS and WELL-WRITTEN back-and-forth clash of documented moments in Luther’s life.”

New York Theatre Guide

Martin Luther on Trial DELIVERS HIGH DRAMA by grappling with giant issues of democracy and authority, credibility and control —problems very much unresolved in 2016.”

Zachary Stewart, Theatermania

“I cannot recall when my imagination was as ‘sparked’ as it was last evening at Martin Luther on Trial. I LIKED EVERYTHING ABOUT THE . . . PRODUCTION. I thought the staging was excellent and the acting superior.”

The Catholic Tablet

“Martin Luther on Trial is a FASCINATING investigation of the life and ideas of the founder of the Protestant Reformation. Whatever your religious beliefs, this is a BALANCED AND THEATRICAL representation of one of the great thinkers and shakers of Western Civilization.”

New York Theatre Scene

“The CRACKLING DIALOGUE is rich with sharp observations and CUTTING WIT. The work has been METICULOUSLY RESEARCHED and the cast of characters reflects this.”

Theatre Pizzazz

Martin Luther on Trial JOINS THE CANON OF GREAT THEATRICAL WORKS about religious figures such as T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral about Thomas Becket and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Like those formidable forerunners, Martin Luther on Trial wrestles dramatically with heady matters of faith and ethics, of God and conscience. But this play goes them one better. Martin Luther on Trial is quite the divine comedy and IT’S FUNNY AS HELL.”

John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts

“The authors make their case both AMUSINGLY AND FORMIDIBLY with a text that is filled to the brim with witty irreverence and IMPASSIONED RHETROIC. Whatever your view, I suspect YOU WILL BE AS ENTHRALLED AS I by this damned (apology to the Devil) good show.”

Curtain Up

“The STAGING is IMPECCABLE, the ACTING is FIRST-RATE, the script is amusing and, to the extent you can say this about a play which has Hitler, Freud, Lucifer and Pope Francis talking to each other, historically accurate. The writing is good, too. All of this is tremendously dramatic stuff.”

Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene

“The compelling performance [of Martin Luther] captures each nuance and epic passion in a way that scales the character’s convictions and contradictions to Shakespearean dimensions. The scene when Luther comes upon the concept of grace and falls to his knees humbled and overcome was AS POWERFUL AN EPIPHANY AS I’VE

John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts

CREATIVE…a FRESH APPROACH to reviewing Luther’s life and legacy.”

World Magazine



New York City
Now through Jan. 29

Regular $65. Premium seats also available at $85.
All sales final.  Venue and service fees apply.

Box Office

The Pearl Theatre
555 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 563-9261



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Martin Luther

Written By

Max McLean


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