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The play "Luther's Abduction"

Martin Luther is summoned to Worms by Emperor Charles V and Pope Leo X to revoke his teachings. But how can he? The emperor has assured him of safe conduct, but is this certain?Luther makes his way back to the home of his ancestors, Möhra. A light-hearted day, a night, then he must go on. The opponents are not resting. Then the momentous encounter in the Glasbachgrund, near Bad Liebenstein. But the kidnapping turns out to be a stroke of luck. At Wartburg Castle, he is to be unrecognized and deprived of his hare. Time to do what he had planned for a long time: The translation of the New Testament into German. Nothing is easy on the Wartburg: boredom plagues him, loneliness. In addition, there are physical complaints, the bowel movement does not work it should be. But there's Katharina, a distant cousin from Möhra. She comforts him. Consolation for his plagued body, consolation for his plagued soul. Tenderness and more. A love story the historians didn't know about? Maybe – in theatre, everything is possible. Here, stories are told that scientists can only dream of: Among other things, how the legend of the inkwell throw after the devil really happened. Guaranteed. And while riots flare up outside, Luther is brooding over his translation and flirts with Katharina. But then comes the awakening and does not only have beautiful sides.

the leading actors


The author, director and leading actor of "Luther's Abduction" was born in Görlitz in 1958. For many years he shaped the theater scene of the Wartburg town Eisenach. This probably left his mark on him vice versa: because he is an expert in the field of Luther plays. From 1983 to 1987 he studied acting at the Drama Academy "Hans Otto" in Leipzig. Until 1993, he was engaged at the Landestheater Eisenach, where he directed for the first time. Together with Oliver Nedelmann he founded the "freies eisenacher burgtheater" (independent castle theatre of eisenach) . There he worked as artistic director, actor, director and author. In 2004 the ensemble was dissolved. One year later, with the premiere of the play "Luther - das Schauspiel", based on the film "Luther – der Film", founders celebrated a great success, which continued in 2007 with the play "Tintenfass und Rosenwunder - Martin träumt Elisabeth". In 2008, Jethro D. Gründer moved to Saxony to fulfill his childhood dream: Since then, he has been working as a horseman, training horses and running his own court theater. His work is characterized by showing people what man is like, not to transfigure him, but to depict him with rough edges – just like Martin Luther in "Luther's Abduction". Once again, Gründer takes on the role of the great reformer.


Born in Sangerhausen in 1943, the actor grew up in Dessau and began his work in 1961 in the cabaret "Der Spiegel" in Dessau. Schwarze attended the Staatliche Schauspielschule Rostock and had engagements at the Landestheater Rudolstadt, the Landestheater Eisenach as well as at the "eisenacher burgtheater". Lutz Schwarze has been living in Karlsruhe since 2006. Schwarze played, among others, Hitler in "Mein Kampf" by George Tabori, Salieri in "Amadeus", Puck in "Midsummer Night's Dream" or Faust. Since 1998, he has played James in Eisenach's production of the famous New Year's Eve classic "Dinner for one" every year. Michael Helbing, editor of the Thüringer Allgemeine Zeitung, once summed it up as follows: "What Lutz Schwarze accomplishes as Butler James and the actress of Miss Sophie in the foyer of the hotel Thüringer Hof is remarkable and hilariously funny". He has worked internationally, in Ali Jalali's one-man play „barfuß nackt – Herz in der Hand“. The experienced actor excelled at the Iranian Theatre Festival in Cologne in 2000 and 2007 on the occasion of the International University Theatre Festival in Tehran. In Luther's Abduction", Lutz Schwarze plays Luther's father, Cardinal Cajetan and other roles.


Born in 1980, the actress studied acting at the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Academy of Music and Theatre in Leipzig from 2003 to 2007. She excels in particular skills such as stage fencing, acrobatics, riding, dancing and juggling and masters the play of the ukulele. After her studies she worked at the Markgrafentheater Erlangen in 2007 and 2008. This was followed by engagements at the Societätstheater Dresden with the monologue "Fuck You, Eu. ro. Pa!", at the Theater der Jugend Wien, the Landestheater Detmold, the Theater Vorpommern and the Theater der Altmark Stendal. Ziegler's versatility also shows in her roles: her repertoire includes Antigone, Gretel in "Hänsel and Gretel", Muck in "Der kleine Muck" and Jagna in the Müritz saga "Schatten der Vergangenheit".  In "Luther's Abduction", Friederike Ziegler will be on stage as Marie and Luther's cousin Katharina.

behind the scenes

further information

Project Management: Stadt Bad Liebenstein
Sponsor: Europäischer Landwirtschaftsfonds für die Entwicklung des ländlichen Raumes RAG LEADER Wartburgregion e. V.
author and director: Jethro D. Gründer
Choir: Musik verbindet e. V. unter der Leitung von Sandra Erbe-Grozdanic

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