Karol Wojtyła’s “Job” – Re-enacting Rhapsodic Theatre John Paul II as you never knew him!
We invite you to participate in a theater workshop, during which you will discover “Job” by Karol Wojtyła and prepare an actual performance.
Based on the biblical Book of Job, the twenty-year-old Karol Wojtyła created a moving meditation on human fate, reinterpreting the story of man from the land of Uz in the spirit of Christian hope. Prof. Jarosław Kilian, an acclaimed theatrical director and scholar, will introduce students to the world of Karol Wojtyła’s drama. The program explores the philosophical, theological, and anthropological context.
The class is structured as an intensive course of 10 sessions between 4 – 17 May 2022, from 16:30 – 20:00. The sessions conclude with a public performance of Karol Wojtyła’s “Job” on 18 May, on the 102nd anniversary of the author’s birth.
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Karol Wojtyła was involved with the theatre for many decades as a critic, essayist, philosopher-theoretician, and dramatist. As a young student of Polish philology in Kraków, he co-founded the Rhapsodic Theatre with Mieczysław Kotlarczyk during World War II in 1941. He was not only one of the leading actors of that theatre, but also contributed to the formation of its core ideas, which also prepared him for his future pastoral ministry.
Renowned English translator of “Job”, Bolesław Taborski, once wrote: “Wojtyła as a playwright was indebted to no one and consistently built his own vision of a drama of human existence: the vision of man’s place on earth in the divine plan of creation.”
Jarosław Kilian is the dean of the school of theatre directing and professor of the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. He is an art historian and stage director. He has been a scholar of the British Council and the US Department of State. As a stage director, he trained under the guidance of Peter Brook in Vienna. Since 2016 he has been the director of the Teatr Lalka in Warsaw. He has directed operas, outdoor performances, plays for children, and primarily stage performances of European and Polish classic masterpieces of Molière, William Shakespeare, Juliusz Słowacki and Aleksander Fredro.
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