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Herberger Theater Center - Center Stage
between N 2nd and N 3rd 222 E. Monroe St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
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3.3 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Review from Goldstar Member
19 events 10 reviews

Great performance

reviewed Dec 17 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Cheryl Mate- Linsday
3 events 3 reviews

Awesome experience, we read the book many years ago. This cast and crew did it absolute justice! From the actors to set designers to costumers I was totally impressed. An intermission would have taken so much away. My husband and I had a great...continued

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Review from Helen
8 events 3 reviews

Wonderful actors. Appreciated Max McLean coming out for for Q & A after

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The Great Divorce national tour will visit cities including Birmingham, Kansas City, Charlotte, Charleston, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, and Columbus in 2014. 

Fellowship for the Performing Arts also produces the nationally acclaimed hit The Screwtape Letters_, which will soon enter its fourth year after appearing in over 50 major cities throughout the United States. Over 350,000 theatergoers have seen The Screwtape Letters_ on tour and in successful sit-down productions in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Following the overwhelming success of The Screwtape Letters, McLean conceived the idea to adapt The Great Divorce  for the stage. 

“This is Lewis at his imaginative best,” says Max McLean. In The Great Divorce, several of Lewis’ most provocative characters take a bus ride from Hell to Paradise. But the bizarre question the play asks is: Will they like it? Will they prefer Hell to Heaven? Are the doors of Hell really locked from the inside? 

Three actors transform into over a dozen different personality types to tell this fantastical morality tale about good and evil. On the bus is a man who is going to demand his ‘rights’, a woman who can’t stop grumbling, a gentleman who ‘likes’ Heaven but staying there means giving up his precious pet lizard, and a world traveler who believes Heaven and Hell are just a propaganda stunt run by the same people. As each ghost is welcomed by a celestial spirit, the choice of staying or going back brings vivid clarity to the “great divorce” between Heaven and Hell. 

“There are only two kinds of people in the end,” Lewis writes in The Great Divorce_ , “those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’” _The Great Divorce  remains one of Lewis’ most influential pieces and rightly earns its place among classics such as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity

The Great Divorce_  stars Tom Beckett (_Bobbi Boland, Epic Proportions and The Father on Broadway and “Elbridge Gerry” in HBO’s John Adams_), Joel Rainwater (The Lion King_, National Tour) and Christa Scott-Reed (The Pitmen Painters on Broadway). 

The Fellowship for the Performing Arts is based in New York City with Max McLean as Founder and Artistic Director. Adapted by McLean and Brian Watkins, The Great Divorce is Directed by Bill Castellino, with the creative team including Executive Producer and General Manager Ken Denison of Aruba Productions, Scenic Designer Kelly James Tighe, Costume Designer Nicole Wee and Lighting Designer Michael Gilliam. Projections are by Chris Kateff with Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada. 

The Fellowship for the Performing Arts’ production of The Great Divorce  celebrates the legacy of C.S. Lewis’ profoundly influential life and honors the 50th anniversary of his death on November 22, 1963. This year, on that date, Lewis will receive one of Britain’s highest honors, a memorial in Poets’ Corner joining such legends as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens. 

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