The Production

In this play about St. Augustine of Hippo, audiences have a personal encounter with one of the most influential saints in Christian history. Actor Leonardo Defilippis has edited and shaped the spiritual classic, The Confessions of Saint Augustine into a riveting dramatic experience. “As I explored this text, I discovered a completely modern story about a man absorbed in a decadent existence of sexual indulgence and intellectual arrogance,” explains Defilippis. “The play is about his early life with his mistress and his dramatic conversion to Christianity. Because of the emotional ground covered by the story, I knew it would make a terrific Catholic theater piece. I found that Augustine revealed something very personal that our modern world could relate to. The Confessions of Saint Augustine needs not only to be read, but to be experienced in a face-to-face encounter.”

The Confessions of Saint Augustine was directed by Leonardo’s wife, actress and screenplay writer Patti Defilippis. “People think of saints as perfect - not human, like the rest of us,” she says. “But Augustine expresses what we all feel: a passionate desire for something that can’t be satisfied by materialism or sex.  The story of Augustine is poignant and cathartic. It thoroughly examines an admitted emptiness that eventually recognizes one’s longing for the presence of God within one’s soul. His famous line is ‘My heart is restless until it rests in you.’”

80 minutes. Suitable for ages 10 and up.