The Accidental Hero
The Accidental Hero is a true World War ll story of jaw-dropping coincidences, plot twists, and triumph. Colonel Matt Konop thinks he’s just another soldier fighting Nazi Germany. Then, in the last week of the war, his story turns epic when he accidentally liberates the same Czech town where his grandparents once lived.
Konop grew up speaking Czech on a farm in Wisconsin, and the Czechs were shocked to be liberated by, in their words, “one of our own.” His surname was common to the region, and some of those who carried him on their shoulders as their “liberator” were blood relatives. Yet they also liberated him, freeing him from his mixed feelings about his humble farming background. It’s the American immigration story folded back on itself, set in the triumphant end of World War ll.
Konop rarely talked about the war when he was alive. Twenty years after his death his long-lost autobiography was discovered, along with home movies he took during the war. The result is a first-person, multi-media one-man show that has wowed audience across the US and Europe. An annual Czech tour has earned awards, accolades, and a new generation of fans for a magical true story about freedom, family, and the ultimate question— “Who am I, anyway?”
Konop’s grandson and Manitowoc native Patrick Dewane wrote and performs the show. He has performed “The Accidental Hero” in more than 100 venues across the United States and Europe, including the Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. In a 25-year career in the arts, he has had a hand in more than 40 world premieres in theatre, dance, and opera.
If you go: Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30
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