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The Passion comes alive in one-man drama

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

Actor Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions will bring his unique one-man performance of “The Passion According to Saint Luke” to Northern Illinois University.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. March 16 in the Sandburg Auditorium at the Holmes Student Center.

The public is invited to experience this professional production, a perfect meditation for the Lenten and Easter seasons during this Year of Faith.

Unlike other pageant-style productions or films on Christ’s Passion, where realism is the goal, Defilippis’ performance relies on the power of the Word of God to penetrate the heart of each individual audience member. The script is taken word-for-word from the Gospel According to Saint Luke, and is enhanced by a beautiful set, lights and original musical score.

The actor uses only a few simple props and a cape to recreate the compelling story of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, his betrayal by Judas Iscariot, his anguished night in the Garden of Gethsemane, his agonizing death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.

Defilippis believes the simplicity of the production enhances the experience.

“Everyone has a personal image of Jesus in his mind. I felt that if I tried for realism, I would always fall short,” he said in a news release. “By merely suggesting the setting and characters surrounding these profound events, focus is directed towards an interior encounter with Jesus himself. My job is to get out of the way, so that the Holy Spirit can touch souls. It is a very humbling experience.”

Defilippis is the founder and president of Saint Luke Productions, a company known for 32 years of traveling North America with one-man and one-woman plays on the lives of the Saints and the Gospels. He has assembled a professional production staff that has branched out to create feature films, as well as television and radio programming.

This one-hour presentation offers an opportunity to enter into the Easter mystery in a new and profound way. The production is being presented at many locations as a complement for the current Year of Faith, as declared by Pope Benedict VXI.

“So often we struggle to focus on the reality of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus,” Defilippis said in the release. “We are so familiar with the story that we lose sight of the immensity of the miracle.”

“The Passion According to Saint Luke” is suitable for all ages, and is sponsored by St. Mary Parish in DeKalb. Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for ages 18 and younger.

For tickets and more information, contact the St. Mary Parish office at 815-758-5432 or mail@stmarydekalb.org, or visit www.stmarydekalb.org.

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