In Gottes eigenem Land

Schauspiel von Olaf Hörbe nach dem gleichnamigen historischen Roman von Eberhard Görner – Uraufführung –

Im Auftrag der Franckeschen Stiftungen Halle geht der lutherische Theologe Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg im Jahr 1742 nach Pennsylvania, um die dort ansässigen deutschen Gemeinden zu betreuen. Nach seiner Ankunft in Philadelphia beginnt er mit dem Aufbau einer institutionalisierten lutherischen Kirche. Doch seine Mission durchzusetzen, ist schwerer als gedacht. Machtkämpfe zwischen unterschiedlichen religiösen Sekten, persönliche Entbehrungen, Kriege, die wechselvolle Beziehung zu dem Delawaren-Häuptling «Fliegender Pfeil» – aber auch die große Liebe zu seiner Frau, die ihm eine starke Partnerin ist, bestimmen sein Leben. Überzeugt von der Vision einer toleranten, friedlichen Gesellschaft beteiligt er sich maßgeblich an der Gründung der neuen amerikanischen Demokratie.

«Bejubelte Uraufführung.» DRESDNER NEUESTE NACHRICHTEN

 

In God’s Own Country

a drama by Olaf Hörbe, based on the historical novel by Eberhard Görner in an English translation by Jane Taubert, featuring music by Paul Heller.

«In God’s Own Country» is a production of the Landesbühnen Sachsen and the Piedmont Players theater companies in cooperation with St. John's Lutheran Church of Salisbury, NC. After a series of rehearsals and performances in Salisbury, North Carolina, the production will travel to Hickory, North Carolina for one show on the Lenoir-Rhyne University Campus, then continue on to Trappe, Pennsylvania. In Trappe, the German ensemble will collaborate with members the congregation of Augustus Lutheran Church and produce a series of 4 performances as part of the community’s 300th anniversary celebrations.

Although «In God's Own Country» is a narrative about the life and work of the German theologian Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg, the play not only tells the story of Mühlenberg's struggle to establish the Lutheran Church in America, but also focuses on the plight of those immigrants who came to the colonies in search of religious and political freedom. Flight and expulsion, indentured servitude and the search for asylum, civic responsibility as well as cultural and religious tolerance are central themes. Community players and large choruses will augment the narrative of this vibrant drama.

Heinrich (Henry) Mühlenberg studied languages, music and theology in the German cities Göttingen and Halle. Ordained as a Lutheran minister in Leipzig, he accepted a call in 1741 to administer to fledgling Lutheran congregations in the English Colonies on the American Continent. Mühlenberg joined the scattered and directionless churches in and around Philadelphia and forged them into an American denomination that could effectively serve the flood of European immigrants in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg is known today as the «patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America».

Historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, William Hunter Morris and George Washington are showcased in the play, and their actions illustrate how the founding fathers struggled to turn the 13 colonies into a unified nation, an independent, self-governing democracy – right in the middle of the French-Indian War and on the eve of the American Revolution. Partners on both continents see this joint theater production as a great opportunity to transcend national boundaries and promote positive, transatlantic relationships.

Playwright Olaf Hörbe has adapted Eberhard Görner's historical Novel «In Gottes eigenem Land» for the theater stage, creating a dramatic version involving a cast of professional actors and musicians supported by numerous community players from the region. 

Composer Paul Heller has been commissioned with producing an original score for the stage drama. Musical partner of this production is the internationally acclaimed vocal quintet Ensemble Nobiles. 

The bi-lingual production «In God's Own Country» (German/English) will be directed by Damian Cruden, Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal since 1997. Among his many productions in York are: To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Educating Rita. Damian's stage production «Railway Children» was awarded the coveted Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2011.

Performance dates are:

  • Sunday, Oct. 8th 2017 (10:30 am)
    festival church service with Ensemble Nobiles at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury North Carolina
  • Thursday, Oct. 12th 2017 (7:30 pm)
    opening night «In God’s Own Country» at Meroney Theater, Salisbury North Carolina
  • Friday, Oct. 13th 2017 (7:30 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» at Meroney Theater, Salisbury North Carolina
  • Saturday, Oct. 14th 2017 (7:30 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» at Meroney Theater, Salisbury North Carolina
  • Sunday, Oct. 15th 2017 (14:30 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» at Meroney Theater, Salisbury North Carolina
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18th 2017 (7:30 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» at Meroney Theater, Salisbury North Carolina
  • Thursday, Oct. 19th 2017 (7:30 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» at Meroney Theater, Salisbury North Carolina
  • Friday, Oct. 20th 2017 (7:30 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» at Meroney Theater, Salisbury North Carolina
  • Saturday, Oct. 21st 2017 (7:30 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» at Meroney Theater, Salisbury North Carolina
  • Sunday, Oct. 22nd 2017 (5:00 pm)
    Concert with Ensemble Nobiles in Grace Chapel, Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory North Carolina
  • Monday, Oct. 23rd 2017 (7:00 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» (shortened, semi-scenic version) in Grace Chapel, Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory North Carolina
  • Friday, Oct. 27th 2017 (7:00 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» (shortened, semi-scenic version) in the historic Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe Pennsylvania
  • Saturday, Oct. 28th 2017 (3:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» (shortened, semi-scenic version) in the historic Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe Pennsylvania
  • Sunday, Oct. 29th 2017 (2:00 pm)
    «In God’s Own Country» (shortened, semi-scenic version) in the historic Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe Pennsylvania

Das Projekt wird im Rahmen des Förderprogramms Reformationsjubiläum 2017 von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages unterstützt.

Kooperation mit dem Theaterpädagogischen Zentrum Sachsen e. V., gefördert von der Ostdeutschen Sparkassenstiftung

 

Inszenierung Damian Cruden

Ausstattung Tilo Staudte

Komposition Paul Heller

Projektleitung Jane Taubert

 

Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg Moritz Gabriel

1. Person Holger Uwe Thews

2. Person Sophie Lüpfert

Friedrich Michael Ziegenhagen, Peter Koch, Robert Hunter Morris Michael Heuser

Gotthilf August Francke Matthias Henkel

Anna Maria Mühlenberg Julia Rani

Kapitän Diercksen, Graf Zinzendorf, Pfarrer Kraft,
Pastor Nyberg, Charol Beckmann Utz Pannicke

Prinz, Pfarrer Wolf, General Braddock René Geisler

Fliegender Pfeil Gojko Mitić

Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Mahns-Mardy

Kapitän Coleman, 1. englischer Soldat Austin Jacob Young

George Washington, Farmer Scholz, Herr Eberle, Matrose Tobias Greiner-Lar*

Pastor Handschuh, 2. englischer Soldat, Matrose Fabian Trott*

Farmerin Scholz, Frau Eberle, Matrose Marie Spinka*

Pfarrersfrau Wolf, Matrose Corina Hofner

Soldaten, Matrosen, Farmer, Indianer, Gemeindemitglieder und weitere Männer, Frauen und Kinder Statisterie der Landesbühnen Sachsen

*Studierende der Theaterakademie Sachsen
Kooperation unter der Leitung von Jana Bauke

Unter Mitwirkung des Ensemble Nobiles Paul Heller, Christian Pohlers, Benjamin Mahns-Mardy, Lukas Lomtscher, Lucas Heller

und in Kooperation mit Chören der Region

05.11.2017

Sonntag

König Albert Theater Bad Elster · Bad Elster

15:00 Uhr