The Screwtape Letters

C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters Returns to DeVos Performance Hall on June 15

Tickets for Fellowship for Performing Arts’ Smash Hit Production On Sale Now

 

Grand Rapids The Screwtape 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 Grand Rapids for one performance only at SMG-managed DeVos Performance Hall on Saturday, June 15 at 4:00 PM.

 

Brent Harris returns to the role of Screwtape, which he has performed to sold-out audiences in New York City and across the U.S.

 

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are available at the DeVos Place® and Van Andel Arena® box offices and online at Ticketmaster.com. See Ticketmaster for all current pricing and availability. 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 up. Children under the age of four will not be admitted.

 

The Screwtape Letters continues its 2019 national tour after ahit 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, Kansas City and Midland, Texas.

 

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!” 

 

The Screwtape 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 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 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.” 

 

Lewis 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.”

 

More About Fellowship for Performing Arts

A New York City-based theatrical production company founded by its Artistic Director, Max McLean. FPA’s mission is to produce theatre from a Christian worldview that engages diverse audiences. In addition to its annual New York season where it has produced Shadowlands, C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, The Great Divorce and Martin Luther on Trial at The Pearl Theatre and at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row; it tours in universities (Brown, Princeton, UC, Berkeley) and in major performance arts centers across the country. In the past year, over 65,000 people have experienced an FPA production.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

www.FPAtheatre.com  

 

About SMG

DeVos Performance Hall is managed by SMG. Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 243 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 19 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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