Sokol Milwaukee, celebrating 150 years of “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body,” proudly presents THE ACCIDENTAL HERO–the remarkably true story of a Wisconsin hero
THE ACCIDENTAL HERO is a multi-media one-man show about a WWII American officer who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents. It’s a true story, written and performed by his grandson.
Patrick Dewane’s grandfather refused to talk about his service in the war. Yet when he died his basement yielded a treasure trove of typewritten accounts, photos and rare film footage.
Dewane brings this archival material to glowing life as an enthralling, humorous and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences. This touching show runs from belly laughs to tears. Dewane takes a dozen different roles as he powerfully recounts his grandfather’s journey from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the end of WWII. In the last week of the war, Konop’s story turns from another soldier’s tale to something from mythology as he discovers his Czech roots.
Like Luke Skywalker, he thinks he’s just fighting the Evil Empire, whereas the real story is about his once-obscured identity. But unlike Skywalker, the story is true.