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The premiere of the play "Our God's Brother" on anniversary of the birth of John Paul II

Today, on the 103rd anniversary of the birth of John Paul II and the 3rd anniversary of the establishment of the Institute of Culture of St. Jana Pawła II, we cordially invite you to the premiere of Karol Wojtyła's "Brother of our God" directed by Jarosław Kilian with the participation of Angelicum students.

"Our God's Brother" is a play written by Karol Wojtyła in the years 1944-1950. It is a story of the life of a Polish insurgent, painter and monk, Saint Brother Albert (Adam) Chmielowski. During the course organized by the Institute of Culture of Saint John Paul II, students of the Papal of the University of St. Thomas Aquinas analyzed this drama and prepared for its staging under the supervision of Prof. Kilian.

The performance, which will take place on the anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Culture of St. John Paul II, will start at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Dominic and Sixtus at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Free admission - welcome!

For many decades, Karol Wojtyła was associated with the theater as a critic, essayist, philosopher-theoretician and playwright. As a young student of Polish studies in Krakow, during World War II in 1941, he co-founded the Rapsodic Theater with Mieczysław Kotlarczyk. He was not only one of the leading actors of this theater, but also contributed to the formation of its main ideas, which also prepared him for future pastoral ministry.

Bolesław Taborski, the translator of "Our God's Brother" into English, said about the future pope: "Karol Wojtyła, as a playwright, did not owe anyone and consistently built his own vision of the drama of human existence: the vision of man's place on earth in God's plan of creation."

Prof. Jarosław Kilian is an art historian and theater director. He was a scholarship holder of the British Council and the US State Department. As a theater director, he trained under Peter Brook in Vienna. Since 2016, he has been the director of Teatr Lalka in Warsaw. He directed operas, open-air performances, plays for children, and above all stage performances of European and Polish masterpieces: Molière, William Shakespeare, Juliusz Słowacki and Aleksander Fredro.

The organizers of the performance are the Institute of Culture of St. John Paul II and the Polish Institute in Rome.