In spite of the flashy, high tech entertainment we receive through film, television, the Internet and tiny music players, theater is still preserved through playhouses, Broadway shows and various stage productions.
Catholics are taking advantage of theater to evangelize while entertaining. The founder and president of St. Luke Productions, Leonardo Defilippis, performs his one-man act plays around the nation. Just this month, with his performance of the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, he’s covering parts of Washington, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and Texas.
You may be familiar with the production company because of its film Thérèse, based on the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
Kevin O’Brien is the founder and artistic director of The Theater of the Word, Inc. He hosts the EWTN television program The Theater of the Word and travels the country performing evangelistic plays as part of his ministry. His productions include “Adam and Eve Go to Marriage Counseling,” “The Body of Christ,” and “The Journey of St. Paul.” This month his itinerary takes him to Illinois, Missouri and Maryland.
Have you seen Leonardo or Kevin in live performances? What do you think of this form of evangelistic entertainment?