C.S. Lewis

Grand Rapids — Following its hit, 2017 national tour, Fellowship for Performing Arts—the producers of The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce—returns to Grand Rapids with C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:00pm in DeVos Performance Hall.


Awarding-winning actor Max McLean presents this highly-acclaimed theatrical portrayal of Lewis’ journey from atheism to faith. TheaterMania says McLean delivers an “uncannily spot-on performance!” The Chicago Sun-Times calls it “Bristling, Provocative, Highly Entertaining and Highly Recommended!” And The Weekly Standard writes “C.S. Lewis Onstage delivers something truly novel in modern theater: a story about an immensely creative mind arriving at the threshold of faith… a truthful, richly textured and witty account of religious conversion.”


In The Most Reluctant Convert, adapted exclusively from Lewis’ writings, McLean inhabits Lewis from the death of his mother and his estranged relationship with his father to the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to one of the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectuals of the 20th century. C.S. Lewis Onstage is a joyous evening of Lewis’ entertaining wit and exhilarating insight.


“We’re thrilled to bring our latest production to the DeVos Performance Hall,” said McLean, who adapted and co-directed Convert. “C.S. Lewis wrote more than 30 books that have sold more than 200 million copies, making him arguably the most influential religious writer of the past century. In The Most Reluctant Convert, we visit the events that led to his conversion.”


McLean is founder and artistic director of New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts, which produces theatre from a Christian worldview presented in leading performance venues nationwide and created to engage diverse audiences.


Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, April 9 at 10:00am. Tickets will be available at the DeVos Place® and Van Andel Arena® box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. See Ticketmaster.com for all prices. A '$30 under 30' ticket -- for patrons 30 y/o and younger – will be available 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.


This show is suitable for adults and children ages 13 and older. Children under the age of four will not be admitted.


Written and performed by Max McLean

Co-Directors Ken Denison and Max McLean

Ken Denison, Executive Producer

Kelly James Tighe, Set Design   

Michael Bevins, Costume Design

Geoffrey D. Fishburn, Lighting Design

John Gromada, Original Music and Sound Design

Rocco DiSanti, Projection Design

Leah J. Loukas, Wig Design

Tommy Kurzman, Makeup Design

Claudia Hill, Voice Coach

Aruba Productions, General Management


About SMG

DeVos Performance Hall is managed by SMG. SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming; construction and design consulting; and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.



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