KAROL WOJTYŁA’S PERSONALISTIC THEATER

Wojciech Kaczmarek

Wojciech Kaczmarek

Wojciech Kaczmarek (1954-), Professor of the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, a historian of literature and theatreologist. He is a disciple of Prof. Irena Sławińska, director of the Institute of Polish Philology and chairman of Drama and Theatre at the Catholic University of Lublin.

Since 1977 Prof. Kaczmarek is a responsible and catechist in the Neocatechumenal Way. His main books are: Claudel w Polsce. Chrześcijańskie perspektywy interpretacji dramatu i teatru (Lublin 1989); Wezwani do nadziei. Religia – ateizm – wiara w dramacie współczesnym. Zarys problematyki (Lublin 1993); Złamane pieczęcie Księgi. Inspiracje biblijne w dramaturgii Młodej Polski (Lublin 1999).

“The meeting of persons and their relations as an effect of this meeting are the core of theater.”

Many theorists of theater are right in pointing out that its roots are to be found in religion, ritual, and liturgy. Today the connection seems obscure, as the sacral sources of theater, in the contemporary lay culture of “horizontal” humanism, are far from obvious. In order to find the roots of theater, one must engage in a more fundamental reflection on the roots of human existence. Man is a “relational” being: his body predisposes him to engage in a dialog, to relate to the world. Christian anthropology captures this need as a constitutive factor of being a person. God is a Unity of Persons who relate to man qua person. The relationship between God and man is a dialog between persons. It is God who seeks the relationship first. His call “Where are you, Adam?” is an everlasting manifestation of His will to engage in personal contact with man. In the strictest sense, the contact is realized in the space of liturgy, man’s response to God’s call.

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