Beliefnet
Via Media

Blogger Gashwin Gomes is in NYC, and attended a performance of Our God’s Brother at the Storm Theater:

The play, part of a festival dedicated to the works of Karol Wojtyla:

… was written approximately ten years later during the Soviet occupation. It tells the story of freedom fighter-turned-artist Adam Chimielowski (better known as Brother Albert), who later takes his religious vows and becomes a great protector of the poor. Adam’s dilemma in choosing between an artistic vocation and the religious path strongly mirrors the future Pope’s own vocational struggles.

Gashwin writes:

Well, as I indicated in the post below, my general reaction to the play was "wow." The little theater (next to the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin) was packed (they had an extra row of fold-out chairs to accomodate everyone) and I spotted several young religious (the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal were immediately recongizable) and religieuse in the crowd. I knew nothing at all about the background of the play, or even the outline of the story (I’d decided not to read too much before hand so I could go in with fewer preconceptions). It is very clearly Wojtyla’s writing though — dense, verbose, abstract, serious: for instance, the play opens to a scene with two artists debating the nature of art and the responsibility of the artist to himself and to truth. The dialogue doesn’t descend from that intellectual level. I concentrated hard on every word.

Join the Discussion
comments powered by Disqus