PRESS: "A convincing and endearing portrayal!" - The Catholic Spirit, official publication of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
ABOUT THE PLAY
LOLEK takes the audience on a journey through the remarkable young adulthood of Saint John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) growing up in Nazi Occupied Poland during WWII. Combining the light-hearted with the tragic, this play offers profound insight into the heart and soul of Saint John Paul II. Act I presents Karol in Krakow during his time at the University reflecting back upon his childhood growing up in Wadowice. We are introduced to his family along with other key figures and experiences during primary and secondary school, which helped to form the future pope both intellectually and spiritually during this time. The loss of two close family members in Act I prepare us for the even greater tragedies that are to come in Act II. During the second half of the drama we are led by Karol through his life under Nazi Occupation, witnessing how the hand of God protected young Karol and prepared him in the midst of great suffering for his future vocation. The play ends with Karol’s ordination to the priesthood. A beautiful yet simple set combined with period costumes, an authentic polish dialect, and a stirring original musical score by Justin Stroh make for an artistic and impactful performance!
Runtime = 1hr 30min*
*optional 15 minute intermission may be added between acts
ENDORSEMENTS & REACTIONS
"We were blessed in the Diocese of Phoenix to have Epiphany Studios perform in January of 2010. . .LOLEK drew us into the inner life of John Paul II, helping us see the hand of God’s providence and the heroic response of our late Holy Father."
- Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, AZ
“’Lolek’ was wonderful – I thoroughly enjoyed it and it deepened my appreciation for the incredible life of Pope John Paul II. Keep up the great work!”
- Former Nebraska State Senator & Current Candidate for Governor, Mike Foley
"A convincing and endearing portrayal!"
- The Catholic Spirit, official publication of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis