After that came the war and the dark and difficult years of occupation. The situation for Polish youth especially students was difficult and dangerous. Adam was raised with a deep sense of patriotism. There was no uncertainty about who the enemy was and, having since childhood an "all or nothing" personality, he rushed to join the Polish underground with the help of his scouting contacts. His unextinguishable passion for the theatre and his plan to organize his own theatre nurtured him even more even though all demonstrations of Polish patriotism were forbidden and harshly punished.
Already in 1940, a 17 year old Adam assembled a group of 94 people, young, curious and hungry for the theatre as he was himself. Without professional training, Adam through sheer instinct sorted the members of his group according to their talents as actors, scenographers, musicians, machinists, dancers, make up artists and administrators. With this group under the name of the Krakow Underground Theatre, theatrical preparation was begun under the very noses of the German Occupation and the harsh rule of Governor Frank. This was a task that was neither easy nor safe.
Despite growing hardships, Adam's Krakow Underground Theatre from 1940 to 1945 prepared eight premieres and at secret locations gave 16 performances that were seen by around 2000 people. The plays were "Podejrzana Osoba" by Dobrzanski, "Kozlowickie Sherlocki Holmesy" by Piatkowski (Pobratymiec), "Wesele" by Wyspianski, "Werbel Domowy" by Gregorowicz, "Zemsta" by Fredro, "Trojka Hultajska" by Nestroy, "Niespodzianka " by Rostworowski, "Bo Gdy Harmonia Gra" and "Smiech to Zdrowie ".
When working on these productions, Adam benefited from the professional help of some of Krakow's most experienced theatrical icons like Wieslaw Gorecki, Wiktor Bujanski, Tadeusz Kudlinski who later after July of 1945 along with Mayerhold, J. Zielinski and J. Merunowicz taught courses on theatre in Krakow.
One of the guests at rehearsals was Karol Wojtyla who was three years older than Adam and was then an actor in his own rite in the Underground Rhapsodic Theatre of Krakow. Among the young members of the Krakow Underground Theatre could be found names of people who were later pillars of the Polish stage and screen, Halina Mikolajska, Halina Romanowska, Krystyna Pachonska, Irena Stelmach, Irena Wilkoszewska, Marian Cebulski, Stanislaw Zaczyk, Marian Friedman, Jerzy Passendorfer, and Jerzy Twardowski.
The Krakow Underground Theatre founded by Adam Mularczyk went down to the history of Polish Theatre. In 1945, Adam and the majority of his actors were accepted to study in the recently opened "Teatr Stary Studio" in Krakow. This group was organized by Ronard Bujanski and led by accomplished pedagogical actors. After completing examinations, Adam was accepted into the membership ranks of the "Union of Artists of the Polish Stage" which provided him the credentials of a professional actor. In 1947, Adam added his Krakow Underground Theatre to this organization thereby extending professional actor status to the members of the Krakow group.
As a professional actor, Adam's debut performance was witnessed by some
of the stars of the Polish stage, Juliusz Osterwa, Maria Duleba and Janusz
Warnecki. From 1945 to 1946, he acted in the "Teatr Stary" in Rostworowski's
"Niespodzianka", Zawiejski's "Maslaw, de Peyret-Chappuis' "Nieboszczyk
pan Pic", Hocker and Post's "Krol Wloczegow", Garaul's "Zlota Ciocia",
J. Anouilh's "Pasazer bez bagazu" and Marivaux's "Igraszki Trafu i Milosci".
In this same year, Adam became involved in the New Theatre organized by Tuwim and Meller, where in the course of 7 years he performed in many plays such as Beaumarchais' "Wesele Figara", Balucki's "Dom Otwarty", Labiche's "Slomkowy Kapelusz", de Molin's "Zielony Gil", Gogol's "Rewizor", Shakespeare's "Sen Nocy Letniej", Fredro's "Damy i Huzary", Domanski's "Milionowe Jajko" and Dunajewski's "Swobodny Wiatr".
In 1954, when the New Theatre became transformed into an opereta company, Adam moved on to the National Theatre in Warsaw where he worked until 1973 under the sequential directorship of B. Korzeniewski, W. Horzyca, K. Dejmek and A. Hanuszkiewicz.
In 1973, Adam, not receiving satisfactory roles under the director Hanuszkiewicz, moved from the National Theatre to the Polish Theatre in Warsaw, where under the direction of A. Kowalczyk played in Shakespeare's "Jak sie wam podoba", Wiszniewski's "Tragedia Optymistycna",and in "Podporucznik Kize" a comedy by Fedecki and Jarocki. Also in the Polish Theatre, he played in "Osielek Porfironi" by Galczynski and created an unforgettable character of Kola Brynion in "Leki Poranne" by S. Grochowiak.
Beyond his very active professional work on stage, film, radio and television, Adam's hobby was his theatrical work with amateurs. Much time and effort was invested in working on the gestures and rhetoric of the clerics, students of the Metropolitan Seminary and Pauline order in Warsaw. During the course of 11 years, he trained over 350 students. One of his students was Father Jerzy Popieluszko.
Adam organized a student theatre in the Academy of Catholic Theology in Warsaw and theatre in St. Augustine's High School.
Some of his other hobbies centered on his love of the Tatra Mountains and their inhabitants, the gorale. He adored cars, or as he called them "motorized machines". He was a passionate archivist, chronicling his times by way of his photographic memory.
In 1973, Adam left Poland with his family to settle in the USA in the City of Philadelphia where he started the Polish Dramatical Theatre that was housed at the Associated Polish Home. He never returned to Poland. He died in Philadelphia on June 12th, 1996. His ashes reside at the Cemetery of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown. In keeping with his wishes, in 1996 a scholarship fund was initiated in the name of Adam Mularczyk for the best student in the actors division of the Theatrical Academy in Warsaw.
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