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FELLOWSHIP FOR PERFORMING ARTS'
SMASH HIT PRODUCTION OF
"The Screwtape Letters"
RETURNS TO ATLANTA
At Ferst Center-Georgia Tech
'The Devil Has Rarely been given His Due
The New York Times
'Pure Genius' - National Review
Letters, the provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of
C.S. Lewis' novel about spiritual warfare from a demon's point of
view, returns to Atlanta for three performances only at the Ferst Center
at Georgia Tech, June 8-9.
returns to the role of Screwtape, which he has performed to sold-out
audiences in New York City and across the U.S.
Letters continues its 2019 national tour after a hit run in New
York. The production has been seen by more than 500,000 people across
the country and in London. Additional 2019 tour cities include
Nashville, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Houston, Tulsa and Kansas City.
The New York Times
called The Screwtape Letters, "Clever and Satirical ... Humorous
and Lively." The New Yorker found it a "Fine, Funny, Thoughtful
Production." The Associated Press said it is "Devilishly funny!" The
Boston Globe called it, "Engrossing and Entertaining!" and The Chicago
Tribune said The Screwtape Letters is "Very smart...richly
rewarding...with exuberant theatricality!"
Letters creates a topsy-turvy, morally-inverted universe set in an
eerily stylish office in hell, where God is the "Enemy" and the devil is
"Our Father below." The play follows His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape,
Satan's senior tempter, and his slavish creature-demon Toadpipe, as they
train an apprentice demon on how to ruin the life and damn the soul of
an unsuspecting human on earth.
Along with The
Chronicles of Narnia (including The Lion, The Witch and The
Wardrobe), The Great Divorce and Mere Christianity, The
Screwtape Letters remains one of Lewis' most popular and influential
The book's piercing
insight into human nature and the lucid and humorous way
Lewis makes his readers squirm in self-recognition made it
an immediate success.
When first published
in 1942, it brought worldwide fame to the Oxford don, including the
cover of Time Magazine. The idea for Screwtape came to Lewis after
listening to Adolph Hitler's Reichstag speech on July 19, 1940,
while it was simultaneously translated on BBC Radio. Lewis wrote, "I
don't know if I'm weaker than other people, but it is a positive
revelation to me how while the speech lasts it is impossible not to
waver just a little ... Statements
which I know to be untrue all but convince me ... if only
the man says them unflinchingly."
dedicated the book to his close friend J.R.R. Tolkien
who had expressed to Lewis that delving too deeply into the
craft of evil would have consequences. Lewis admitted as
much when he wrote, "Though I had never written anything
more easily, I never wrote with less enjoyment ... though it
was easy to twist one's mind into the diabolical attitude,
it was not fun, or not for long. The work into which I had
to project myself while I spoke through Screwtape was all
dust, grit, thirst and itch. Every trace of beauty,
freshness and geniality had to be excluded."
C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape
Ferst Center-Georgia Tech
Saturday, June 8 - 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 9 - 3 p.m.
Tickets are $42 to $62. '$30 under 30' - for patrons 30 years old and
younger at the box
office (ID required).
Premium seats are also available.
For groups of 10 or more, call 888-294-1733
or email Groups@fpatheatre.com.
Tickets are available at
ScrewtapeOnStage.com, by calling 404-894-9600 or by visiting the Ferst
office at 349 Ferst Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332.
$3 venue fee included in all prices.
Service fees and state sales tax will apply.
Service fees may be reduced
by purchasing at the box office.
The Screwtape Letters
Produced by Fellowship for Performing Arts
Max McLean, Artistic Director
630 9th Avenue, Suite 1409, New York NY 10036
Adapted for the Stage by
Max McLean and Jeffrey Fiske
Directed by Max McLean
Ken Denison, Executive Producer
Cameron Anderson, Scenic Design
Michael Bevins, Costume Design
Jess Klug, Lighting Design
John Gromada, Original Music and Sound Design
Carol Hanzel, Casting Director
Lew Mead, Production Supervisor
Katie Martin, Stage Manager
Aruba Productions, General Management
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