Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Nov. 5, 2008

Actor Leonardo Defilippis to Perform "The Gospel According to John" Nov. 19 at Whitworth

WHAT: One-man performance, "The Gospel According to John," by actor and producer Leonardo Defilippis

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth University

COST: Admission is free to the show, which is suitable for ages 7 and older. For more information, please call (509) 777-3707.

Leonardo Defilippis is an actor, director and producer who is perhaps best known for the feature film, Thérèse, which his company, Saint Luke Productions, released in 2004. The movie is based on the life of the Catholic saint Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as the Little Flower.

"The Gospel According to John" is a two-hour, one-man performance of the entire gospel of John. The show is accompanied by a musical score and is produced in the symbolic style of a Byzantine icon, with the costumes based on ancient sacred images.

"Performing the gospel is a very moving and awe-inspiring experience," Defilippis says. "To speak the words of Christ night after night has been life-changing for me personally."

Defilippis started his career as a Shakespearean actor and performed at the Old Globe in San Diego, Calif., the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Oregon Shakespearean Festival. In 1980, shortly after he converted to Christianity, he wrote a letter to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In her response, Mother Teresa encouraged him to perform the gospel. Her advice led Defilippis to produce seven live productions and six films on the scriptures and the lives of various saints. His live productions have toured the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Jennifer Toulouse-Lee, theatre department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3707 or jtoulouse-lee@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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