Play about Pope John Paul II, 'Lolek,' April 8 at St. Thomas

Play about Pope John Paul II, 'Lolek,' April 8 at St. Thomas

A free performance of "Lolek," a two-act drama written and performed by Minneapolis playwright Jeremy Stanbary, will be given at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in Brady Educational Center auditorium. Benediction in St. Mary's Chapel and a light reception follow the performance. The public is welcome.

The play is based on the young adult years in Nazi-occupied Poland of Karol Wojtyla, who would become Pope John Paul II. "Lolek" was his nickname.

Stanbary, a University of Nebraska theater graduate, founded Epiphany Studio Productions, a Catholic theater company, out of his Northeast Minneapolis apartment in 2003. "Lolek," his one-man play with music by Justin Stroh, provides insights into the late pope's heart, life and legacy.

"The play is an opportunity to commemorate the life of John Paul II a year after his death," noted seminarian Aaron Johanneck. The pope died on April 2, 2005.

For more information, contact Steve Villa, (651) 497-3422.