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The German Society of Pennsylvania

teams up with

 Family Stages

to present


- A Play based on the Life of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg


Sunday, September 23, 2012, 3:00PM

in the Society’s beautiful Library,

at 611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia.

Muhlenberg with Count Zinzendorf

Muhlenberg with Count Zinzendorf



Henry M. Muhlenberg, a German missionary, was sent to American in 1742 to serve the spiritual need of the immigrant community. He is considered to be the founder of the Lutheran Church in America. He is also the father of Peter Muhlenberg, Revolutionary War General, and Frederick Muhlenberg, the statesman and politician who served as the first Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress (... both of them also served as early Presidents of the German Society of Pennsylvania).  
Providence brings Muhlenberg and his family to life in a powerful and entertaining one hour stage production.  This remarkable play demonstrates how the founding of the United States and the development of the Lutheran Church in America are inextricably bound together. Audiences achieve a deeper understanding of the colonial German landscape while experiencing the American Revolution through the eyes of Pastor Muhlenberg and his family.
Muhlenberg had been sent from the Franckesche Stiftungen of Halle to serve congregations in New Hanover, Trappe and Philadelphia. The title of the play reflects Pastor Muhlenberg’s close ties to the Augustus Church in Providence Township and his absolute reliance on God’s providence to lead him through the trials and hardships he encountered in his 44 years of service.
The play explores Muhlenberg’s complex dealings with Moravian Bishop Nicolaus von Zinzendorf and Germantown printer Christoph Saur. As the revolutionary war breaks out, he struggles with his dual loyalties as native Hanovarian to King George and his adopted country. Family relationships become strained when sons Peter and Frederick abandon their pulpits to serve the cause of independence.
His name is well known, but few people are aware of his extraordinary story. Providence is a marvelously informative and entertaining play that provides the audience with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg.
Providence is the latest historical work of playwright and director Steve Seyfried. His productions have brought to the stage the stories of Tutankhamen, Nicholas Copernicus, Christopher Columbus, General Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Benjamin Franklin.
Steve brings his keen eye for detail and a marvelous sense of storytelling to Providence. The cast of three performers include Owen Timoney in role of Henry Muhlenberg. The remaining characters in the play are played by two actors, James Altobelli and the playwright. 

Download a Poster of the Play !


Family Stages started in 1980 after Elise and Steve Seyfried completed a year and half touring the Northeastern U.S. with educational program for schools. They settled in Philadelphia and began performing their own two-actor, story theatre plays as Duet Productions. Their first show was THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Through the years an acting company was established to handle the demand for shows.
Family Stages concentrated more recently on educational programs for schools, producing historical scripts and folktales from around the world. Steve and Elise have founded two organizations to produce their shows in public venues. Their shows attract the public at large and are very popular with school groups as well. Family Stages also conducts a popular series of workshops, classes and camps, bringing creative dramatics into the lives of children and families. Read more about Family Stages on their website.

family stages


While we are not charging an admittance fee, donations are welcome to defray the costs of this production, including the pay of the actors.

RSVP by calling 215-627-2332 or per email to info@germansociety.org.

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German Society of Pennsylvania
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