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C. S. Lewis’ the Screwtape Letters Comes to the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Published: 10/17/2013

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Fellowship for the Performing Arts
Max McLean, Artistic Director
Presents
THE SMASH HIT PRODUCTION OF
Directed by Max McLean

RETURNING TO ORANGE COUNTY
ON DECEMBER 27 - 29
"Pure Genius"
NATIONAL REVIEW
"Smart, Sizzling Entertainment"
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"Humorous and Lively...
The Devil Has Rarely Been Given His Due More Perceptively"
THE NEW YORK TIMES


Chicago, IL -THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, the provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view, returns to Irvine by popular demand Friday, December 27 through Sunday, December 29. The limited engagement will run at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, adjacent to University of California Irvine, where it previously sold out performances in 2011 and 2012.

Now in its third smash year, 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 production, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS was a sold-out hit in Chicago and Washington D. C. The National Tour of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS has delighted capacity audiences in over 50 major cities including Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco since January 2011. Over 325,000 theatergoers have seen this production.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS creates a 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, 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.

Associated Press calls the production "Devilishly funny!" "Sly, funny, handsomely produced...the devil is an equal-opportunity entertainer!" says The Washington Post. "A profound experience!", exclaims Christianity Today. The Boston Globe raves that it is "Engrossing and entertaining!" and The Chicago Tribune says THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is "Very smart...richly rewarding...exuberant theatricality!"

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 productions staged by America's greatest theatre companies.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is produced by New York City-based Fellowship for the Performing Arts. Max McLean serves as the Producing Artistic Director. McLean, along with Jeffrey Fiske, wrote and directed the theatrical adaptation. Executive Producer and General Manager is Ken Denison of Aruba Productions. Scenic Design is by Cameron Anderson, Costumes by Michael Bevins, Lighting Design by Jesse Klug, and Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada.

The National Tour of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS honors the 50-year legacy of C.S. Lewis who passed away on November 22, 1963, the same day President Kennedy was assassinated. This anniversary will be accompanied by one of Great Britain's highest honors: a memorial for Lewis in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey, alongside such luminaries as Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare.

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 pieces.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS will play Friday, December 27 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 28 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $42 to $62. Student seats are $28 (student ID required). For groups of 10 or more (including student groups) call 866.476.8707.
To purchase tickets, visit www.ScrewtapeonStage.com, call 949.854.4646 ext.1 or visit the box office at 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine.

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