Event Details

The Accidental Hero

Saturday, February 23, 2019
7:30 PM
Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall

1315 11th Street, Monroe

Historical storytelling at its very best.  This gripping, almost hard-to-believe story is inspiring and also miraculously true.  The show drew a huge crowd that responded with an immediate standing ovation.
- John Hassig, Marcus Center





WWII American officer, Matt Konop 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. The Accidental Hero is a multi-media one-man show about this brave serviceman who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents. It's a remarkable story of a Wisconsin hero, written and performed by grandson, Patrick Dewane.

Dewane brings this archival material to glowing life as an enthralling, humorous, and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences. This touching show of coincidences, plot twists, and triumph, runs from belly laughs to tears as Dewane takes on a dozen different roles, powerfully recounting his grandfather's journey from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the end of WWII.