The Christ Cathedral Drama Series, a collaboration between the Diocese of Orange and St. Luke Productions, brings faith-based theatrical performances directly to the stage at the Freed Theater on the campus of Christ Cathedral several times each year.
Former Shakespearean actor Leonardo Defilippis wanted to share the Gospel as a one-man production, touring the nation. Complete with lights, costumes, and an original soundtrack, the production company grew. From stage to screen, the saints are brought to life today on stage, in mainstream theaters and on DVD.
Next in the series is “St. Francis,” which runs from Sept 30 – Oct 2.
As Saint Francis, barefoot and clad in a ragged grey tunic, Leonardo Defilippis brings to life “the little poor man of Assisi,” whose holiness and faith continue, after 800 years, to draw men and women to a more perfect imitation of Christ.
To prepare this inspiring one-man drama, Leonardo spent two months living in a skid-row hotel. There he met the outcasts, “the lepers,” that Francis loved so dearly, and drew his inspiration from real life with the poor. He has gone on to perform this drama for audiences all over the world.
Saint Francis is our most joyful musical production, with a lyrical score composed by Randall DeBruyn, a colorful set suggesting the Italian countryside, and the lighthearted spirit of the saint that is loved by people of all faiths.
“The unique thing about this work,” Leonardo explains, “is that the actor is called not only to believe the words he speaks, as he might be in any dramatic portrayal, but he is called to live them as well. The audience is also called to examine their lives on a very profound level. No one leaves the experience unmoved.”
Suitable for all ages. To purchase tickets please visit francisdrama.eventbrite.com or call (714) 282-3045.