'St. Patrick' To Visit Baylor March 22

March 19, 2004

by Marianne May, student writer

Award-winning actor Roger Nelson will present excerpts from his one-man play "The Confession of St. Patrick" at Baylor University on March 22 at the 10 and 11 a.m. Chapel services in Waco Hall.

Portraying St. Patrick, the frontier missionary to Ireland who, at age 16, was kidnapped and enslaved by an Irish chieftain, Nelson will use excerpts from St. Patrick's Confession to dramatize his incredible life story.

Nelson, a Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar, has performed for more than 1,200 audiences in 31 countries, including the Stratford-Upon-Avon Festival in England, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Stratford Festival Theatre in Canada, Carnegie Hall in New York and Wesley's Chapel in London.

"Nelson is an affable performer," praised the Los Angeles Times. "[He] proves that the familiarity of 1200 performances has not bred contempt."

Nelson is a member of The New York Actors Equity Association and a recipient of the International Christian Visual Media's Crown Award for Best Actor. He is best known for his portrayals of St. Patrick and John Wesley, the 18th-century evangelist who rode more than 250,000 miles to bring spiritual renewal to the English-speaking world.

"Roger Nelson brings St. Patrick to life with joy and passion," said the late Dave Geisler, writer for Focus on the Family, "It is great theatre, like Christian Shakespeare, giving the audience an experience they will remember the rest of their lives."

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