Karol Wojtyła’s “Job”. Re-enacting Rhapsodic Theatre

Karol Wojtyła’s “Job”. Re-enacting Rhapsodic Theatre

We invite Angelicum students to participate in a special course and theater workshop, during which you will discover the drama “Job” written 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. 



Did you know?

Karol Wojtyła was involved with the theater 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 theater, but also contributed to the formation of its core ideas, which also prepared him for his future pastoral ministry.

Bolesław Taborski, renowned English translator of  “Job”, 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.

Take part in the unique course and theater workshop – registrations are open, spaces are limited! More information at: [email protected]  

Course details:

  • The class is structured as an intensive course of 10 sessions.
  • 4 – 17 May 2022, 16:30 – 20:00, in Aula 10
  • The sessions conclude with a public performance of Karol Wojtyła’s “Job” on May 18, on the 102nd anniversary of the author’s birth.
  • The course is conducted by prof. Jarosław Kilian, dean of the school of theatre directing and professor of the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw.

Professor Kilian 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.