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Edyta Jarosz-Mackiewicz

A Nicholas of Wilkowieck Medieval Mystery Play „The history about the Glorious Resurrection of the Lord” as an Inspiration for Directors in the Polish Theatre of the 20th Century

Cite: Edyta Jarosz-Mackiewicz, Średniowieczne misterium „Historyja o chwalebnym Zmartwychwstaniu Pańskim” Mikołaja z Wilkowiecka jako inspiracja reżyserska w dwudziestowiecznym teatrze polskim, "Kultura - Media - Teologia", 2011( 7) nr 4, s. 41-63.

The topic of the article is a 16th century mystery play called The history of the glorius Resurrection of the Lord by Nicholas of Wilkowieck as an inspiration for directors in the Polish theatre of the 20th century. The mystery play is an example of drama with a purpose to introduce events described in the Bible that are based first and foremost on the clash between great ideas and on the battle between good and evil. The author has attempted to answer questions: What was so unique and timeless in The history.... that made its text attractive for contemporary Polish directors and encouraged them to stage the drama? Were the 20th century stagings of the mystery play a return to the origin of the theatre and theatrical religious instruction? What was the reaction of the producers to the religious meaning of the drama promoting a Christian vision of the world? In order to answer these questions, the author has analyzed the most famous 20th century stagings of the Nicholas of Wilkowieck's mystery play: Leon Schiller's (1923), Kazimierz Dejmek's (1961,1962), Piotr Cieplak's (1993, 1994) and Przemyslaw Basinski's (1994).

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