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Just in time for Pope John Paul II's canonization this Sunday, April 27. The Actor, a new play by Daniel McInerny, based upon thrilling and little-known events in the life of Karol Wojtyła, the man who would become Pope John Paul II. 

Karol “Lolek” Wojtyła is a talented university student with an ardent desire to be an actor. But on the morning of September 1, 1939, just as he prepares to serve Mass at Kraków’s Wawel Cathedral, German aircraft approach the city signaling the beginning of the Nazi invasion of Poland and the end of Lolek’s life as he has known it. 

Yet along with other thespian friends, Lolek refuses to give up on his dream. In secret they pursue their dramatic activities underground, eventually forming the much-heralded Rhapsodic Theater as a form of cultural resistance against the German occupation. 

But even as Lolek becomes more deeply immersed in underground theater, the more he begins to hear a call to a very different life. The suffering of his people, combined with the friendship of a mystic-tailor named Jan Tyranowski, challenge him to think more deeply about what his country needs most from him. In the crucible of war, Lolek finds himself an actor in a most unexpected drama. 

Depicting exciting historical events, and brimming with the indefatigable idealism of youth, The Actor provides an inspiring and captivating portrait of the saint as a young artist. 

Daniel McInerny's The Actor is an exciting, compelling way to dive deeper into the spirit of the man whom, this Sunday, the entire world will be talking about. 

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