The Great Divorce: C.S. Lewis Fantasy in New Adaptation
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The last date listed for The Great Divorce was Sunday December 22, 2013 / 3:00pm.
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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.