Our God’s Brother OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 4, 2014
    Closing:
    May 3, 2014

    Theater: The Storm Theatre / 405 West 114th Street, New York, NY, 10025

    Synopsis: 

    An aristocrat turned revolutionary escapes from the Czarist authorities to find his calling as a critically acclaimed painter. But he cannot ignore what everyone around him fails to see. He yearns to reach a higher calling only to be soundly rejected. Rebellion is brewing, but his far greater challenge is the struggle within himself.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Our God’s Brother

    A Polish Painter Reconsiders His Calling ‘Our God’s Brother,’ by the Future Pope John Paul II

    Alexis Soloski

    April 18, 2014: On April 27, the Vatican will live-stream a ceremony elevating Karol Wojtyla, later known as Pope John Paul II, to sainthood. Storm Theater and Blackfriars Repertory Theater have devised an alternative way to celebrate the pope, reviving his 1949 play, Our God’s Brother, translated by Boleslaw Taborksi, at the Theater of the Church of Notre Dame. Our God’s Brother chronicles the life of Adam Chmielowski (Jed Peterson), a Polish religious brother who was canonized in 1989 (by John Paul II). A painter of some note, Chmielowski ultimately decided to abandon his art. He believes his paintings have a spiritual quality, that “a picture is capable of dissecting a man, transforming a man.” Still, he concludes that feeding, clothing and living among the poor matters far more than his canvases — a choice that clearly resonated with Wojtyla, who abandoned the theater for a life of service.

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