Skarga’s Sermon

Piotr Skarga

Skarga’s Sermon

Parliamentary Sermons have never been delivered. They were published as The Sermons for Sundays and Holidays for the whole Year (1597). In fact they are a political treatise. Written in the Old Testament fashion of predictions they are a vision without any realistic basis in the history of that period, yet they fit into the style of the epoch full of bathos and Cassandran prophecies. They did not make any impression in those times, but gained recognition when handed down to posterity. Here the myth of clairvoyance clashes with the myth prophetic helplessness. A marriage of emotions and faith spiced up by rationalism and the logical arguments – a splendid example of the rhetoric art of the baroque. And a great task for contemporary theatre of one actor plays.

Script and acting – Grzegorz Gierak

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