Passion drama to be presented at St. Joan of Arc

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Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:00
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TOLEDO—Actor Leonardo Defilippis brings his unique one-man performance of “The Passion According to Saint Luke” to Toledo St. Joan of Arc at 7 p.m. March 22.

Unlike other pageant-style productions or films on Christ’s Passion, where realism is the goal, Mr. 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 St. 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 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 finally His glorious resurrection from the dead.

Mr. 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 explains. “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.”

Mr. Defilippis is also known for directing and starring in the feature film “Thérèse,” which generated grassroots success during its year-long run in theaters. In addition to being the founder and president of St. Luke Productions, Mr. Defilippis has assembled a professional production staff that has branched out to create feature films, as well as television and radio programming.

“The Passion according to St. Luke” is suitable for all ages. Admission is a free will offering.  For more information, contact the parish office at 419-866-6181 or, or visit

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