The Screwtape Letters comes to Charleston

  • Saturday, July 13, 2013

Brent Harris as Screwtape. PHOTO PROVIDED

Fellowship for the Performing Arts Max McLean, Artistic Director Presents the production of The Screwtape Letters

The screwtape Letters, the provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view, comes to Charleston for three performances only. The limited engagement will run at the Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston, 44 George Street in Charleston, on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Now in its third smash year, the National Tour of The Screwtape Letters kicked off after a hit nine-month run at the Westside Theatre in New York City. Prior to that production, The Screwtape Letters was a sold out hit in Chicago and Washington D. C. The National Tour of The Screwtape Letters has delighted capacity audiences in over 50 major cities including Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco since January 2011. Over 325,000 theatergoers have seen this production.

The Screwtape Letterscreates a morally inverted universe set in an eerily stylish office in hell, where God is called the “Enemy” and the devil is referred to as “Our Father below.” The play follows His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape, and his slavish creature-demon Toadpipe, as they train an apprentice demon, Wormwood, on how to ruin the life and damn the soul of an unsuspecting human on earth.

Associated Press calls the production “Devilishly funny!” “Sly, funny, handsomely produced…the devil is an equal-opportunity entertainer!” says The Washington Post. “A profound experience!”, exclaims Christianity Today. The Boston Globe raves that it is “Engrossing and entertaining!” and The Chicago Tribune says The Screwtape Letters is “Very smart...richly rewarding... exuberant theatricality!”

Screwtape is portrayed by award winning actor Brent Harris, who played Scar in the National Tour of The Lion King, Lucifer in Dr. Faustus, Iago in Othello, Salieri in Amadeus, Olivier in Orson’s Shadow, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and the title role in Macbeth. He is regularly seen in many productions staged by America’s greatest theatre companies.

The Screwtape Letters is produced by New York City based Fellowship for the Performing Arts. Max McLean serves as the Producing Artistic Director. McLean, along with Jeffrey Fiske, wrote and directed the theatrical adaptation. Executive Producer and General Manager is Ken Denison of Aruba Productions. Scenic Design is by Cameron Anderson, Costumes by Michael Bevins, Lighting Design by Jesse Klug, and Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada.

The National Tour of The Screwtape Letters honors the 50-year legacy of C.S. Lewis who passed away on November 22, 1963, the same day President Kennedy was assassinated. This anniversary will be accompanied by one of Great Britain’s highest honors: a memorial for Lewis in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey, alongside such luminaries as Chaucer, Dickens, and Shakespeare.

Along with The Chronicles of Narnia (including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe), The Great Divorce and Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters is still one of Lewis’ most popular and influential pieces.

The Screwtape Letters will play on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $59. Premium seats are available. Student seats are $25 (student ID required). For groups of 10 or more (including student groups) call 866.476.8707.

To purchase tickets, visit www.ScrewtapeonStage.com, call 800.514.3849, or visit the Sottile Box Office on performance days only: Friday from 6 p.m. through 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. through 9 p.m.

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