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THE PASSION Comes Alive in Unique One-Man Drama

3/5/2012 - 2:06 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

VANCOUVER, WA (March 5, 2012) -- Actor Leonardo Defilippis brings his powerful one-man performance of The Passion According to Saint Luke to 22 cities in Oregon, Michigan, Ohio and Washington from March 6 through April 4, 2012. The public is invited to experience this professional production, a perfect meditation for the Lenten season.

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 finally His glorious Resurrection from the dead.

"When Leonardo was on the Cross, and spoke to the two criminals hanging in crucifixion beside Him, I felt profoundly what God has done for me, how he has forgiven me," said Debbie Bloomfield, of Wyandotte, Michigan.

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. 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."

Leonardo Defilippis is the master of the one-man performance, and is also known for directing and starring in the feature film Thérèse, which generated a phenomenal grassroots success during its year-long run in theaters. In addition to being the founder and president of Saint Luke Productions, a company well-known for 31 years of traveling North America with one-man and one-woman plays on the lives of the Saints and the Gospels, Defilippis has assembled a professional production staff that has branched out to create feature films, as well as television and radio programming. Countless individuals across the globe have now seen the production company's uplifting, spiritual entertainment, and have been touched by the drama of the Christian adventure, powerfully brought to life for our modern culture.

This one-hour presentation of The Passion According to Saint Luke offers a unique opportunity to enter into the Easter mystery in a new and profound way.

"So often we struggle to focus on the reality of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus," Defilippis said. "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. For more information and a complete list of performance locations, visit

Availability: Leonardo Defilippis, actor, president and founder of Saint Luke Productions, is available for interviews by appointment and by phone.

Contact: Janice Gonzalez, Media Relations for Saint Luke Productions, 360-487-9979;
For more information about Saint Luke Productions, visit


Saint Luke Productions  WA, 98604 US
Janice Gonzalez - Media Relations ,  360-487-9979


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