Patrick Dewane Presents
THE ACCIDENTAL HERO
December 14, 2018
Written and performed by Patrick Dewane
This remarkable true WWII story has Colonel Matt Konop liberating the Czech villages of grandparents. Konop grew up speaking Czech on a farm in Wisconsin and didn’t learn English until he was six and then spent the rest of his life trying to become a “real American.” He saw little value in his meager background and odd accent. Then at the end of WWII his fluency in Czech made him more valuable than any other soldier in his division as they liberated Czechoslovakia in the last week of the war. In a series of jaw-dropping coincidences, Konop ends up liberating ancestral villages by himself, and the Czechs hail him as a hero. Like Luke Skywalker, Konop’s fight against the Evil Empire turns to be an epiphany about his own identity. But when he returns from the war he, like so many other GIs, rarely talked about the war. Twenty years after his death, his story was discovered by his grandson, Patrick Dewane, who tells the epic tale with rare film footage, vintage photos, music, and much love. The show has been featured at the Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC and tours to the Czech Republic each May.
”Remarkable! An amazing story that is impossible to forget,” – Daniel Freeman, Smithsonian Institute
“I love this show!” – Brian Jose, University of Florida
“A powerful multimedia show that offers an enthralling, humorous and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences,” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
$18 — General Admission
A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online.
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December 14, 7:30pm
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