Thérèse: The Story of a Soul, a new live drama written and produced by award- winning actor and director
The life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux would have remained buried in obscurity if she had not written down her own story before dying of tuberculosis at the age of 24 in a French monastery in 1897. Her autobiography quickly circulated around the world, and her simple spirituality touched the hearts of millions, making this hidden Carmelite sister one the most beloved saints of all time.
Pope John Paul II recognized this when he, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of her death, named Saint Thérèse a Doctor of the Church, making her only the third woman in history to be so honored.
This 75-minute drama, with an original orchestral score, is on its debut national tour presented by Saint Luke Productions of Beaverton, Oregon. It features actress Dorothy Pawlowski in the title role of an ordinary middle-class girl who enters a convent at the age of 15. She discovers a way of live based on humility and simple trust in the mercy of God. Her honest, direct spirituality speaks powerfully to our busy modern age.
This is the first one-woman drama produced by Leonardo Defilippis, who has delivered more than 1,200 one-man performances to audiences of more than 325,000 people in the , and
Defilippis, trained as a Shakespearean actor, founded Saint Luke Productions in 1980. Since then, the company has produced seven live religious dramas and five videos that have been broadcast worldwide, and has received awards in the
The drama is suitable for ages 10 and up. Admission is $8.00. For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact the Live Drama Dept. at Saint Luke Productions, (800) 683-2998 x 114, (360) 687-8029. Locally, contact Leanne Christmann at (201) 998-0088 Ext. 4145.