A multi-media one-man show about a WWII American officer, Matt Konop, who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents. Konop left the farm in Wisconsin to pursue his dreams and ended up discovering his identity. Patrick Dewane, Konop’s grandson, has turned a long-lost manuscript into a live performance that has thrilled tens of thousands.
Dewane brings archival material to glowing life as an enthralling, humorous and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences. This touching show runs from belly laughs to tears. Dewane takes on a dozen different roles as he powerfully recounts his grandfather’s journey from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge and the end of WWII. In the last week of the war, Konop’s story turns from a soldier’s survival tale to something out of mythology. He was embraced by his Czech tribe that he never knew. Like Luke Skywalker, Konop thought he was just fighting an Evil Empire. Unlike Skywalker, his story is true. His was an epic homecoming. As he freed the Czechs, they liberated him.
In memory of Mary Anne Gross, Lover of theatre and all things Czech.
This production is generously sponsored by Mary Chris and Alan Bassman.
written and performed by Patrick Dewane
Performance Date: Friday, May 26 at 7pm
Tickets: General Admission $10
Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission