Our God's Brother, Written by Pope John Paul II, Begins NYC Run April 4

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04 Apr 2014

Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II

The Storm Theatre Company in association with Blackfriar's Repertory Theatre presents Karol Wojtyla's Our God's Brother beginning April 4 prior to an official opening April 12 at the Storm Theatre, which is located at 114th Street and Morningside Drive in the Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame.

Directed by Peter Dobbins, performances will continue through May 3.

The cast includes Erin Beirnard, Matthew Leiff Christian, Joe Danbusky, Susie Duecker, George Goss, Sawyer Mastrandrea, Joe McGranaghan, Cliff Miller, Maury Miller and Jed Peterson.

Karol Wojtyla was a young Polish seminarian who, at 21 during WWII, became a co-founder of the underground Rhapsodic Theatre. Our God's Brother was written during this time. His other play, The Jeweler's Shop, was made into a film with Burt Lancaster in 1989. In 1978 Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul II and is due to be canonized April 27.

In the play, according to press notes, "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 years to reach a higher calling only to be soundly rejected. Rebellion is brewing, but his far greater challenge is the struggle within himself."

The production also has scenic design by Josh Iacovelli, costumes by Courtney Izirzarry, lighting design by Michael Abrams and sound design by Alex Santullo.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and matinees on Saturday at 2 PM. There will be an added performance April 7 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets are priced at $25 and are available through smarttix.com.