It’s time for another controversial play to grace the stages of Jacksonville, Florida. The Screwtape Letters is the provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view, will come to Jacksonville for two performances only. The limited engagement will run at the Times-Union Center, Moran Theater, on Saturday, March 9, 2013 for 2 performances only!
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, The Screwtape Letters was a sold out hit in Chicago and Washington D. C. where it ran for a combined eight months.
Presented by Fellowship for the Performing Arts, The Screwtape Letters is produced and directed by award-winning actor Max McLean who created the role in New York.
Now in its third smash year, The Screwtape Letters’ National Tour has delighted capacity audiences in over 50 major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta and Seattle. Over 250,000 have seen this production on tour, which continues to attract a national following.
The Screwtape Letters creates a topsy-turvy 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, Satan’s top psychiatrist (due to his profound understanding of human nature), 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.
"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 of America’s great theatre companies such as American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Denver Center Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare, and D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company.
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 works. 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 this little-known Oxford don including the cover of Time Magazine.
The idea for Screwtape first came to Lewis after listening to 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.”
Lewis dedicated it 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.”
If nothing else, this promises to be a good debatable show to review around the office cooler. Come on, let’s talk about it; but first you must see it.
The Screwtape Letters
DATE: Saturday, March 9, 2013
TIME: 4:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
TICKETS: (Vary ) Tickets begin at $39.00 – $59.00. To order by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover call: the Box Office at (904) 630-3900 (toll-free Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000) or visit the Times-Union Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. or one hour prior to performance.
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