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The Collective production of "Wittenberg" opens Sept. 29


The Collective, the theater production company of Concordia University Chicago, presents “Wittenberg” by David Davalos. The play, directed by Andrew Pederson, will run Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 1 and 8 at 3 p.m., at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL.

It is October 1517 in northern Germany, the beginning of another fall semester at the University of Wittenberg. 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. His teacher and mentor John Faustus (professor, 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 Martin Luther (professor, theology), is dealing with the spiritual and medical consequences of his long-simmering outrage at certain abusive practices of the Church—the same Church to which he has sworn undying obedience. These three men's sagas overlap and intertwine in a comedy that reveals the stories behind Hamlet, Doctor Faustus and the Protestant Reformation.

Andy Pederson is a playwright and director. He has previously directed “Spamalot” and “Tally’s Folly,” among others, for Concordia University Chicago. Pederson’s plays have been produced in Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis and Vermont. His full-length plays include “Yellow Light,” “June First,” “The Tenacity of Just Seeming” and a play he co-wrote with Jayme McGhan, “In the Soundless Awe.” Pederson is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild and an alumnus of the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive. He teaches in the English and creative writing programs at Concordia University Chicago and lives with his wife and three small, energetic children.

General admission tickets to “Wittenberg” are $15, with discounts available for seniors, students and CUC alumni. Purchase tickets online at or by cash or check at the door before show time.