PREMIERES IN DALLAS
September 27-October 8
‘Provocative . . . Highly Entertaining!’
‘Masterful . . . Hugely Moving!’
‘Lewis’ Fiercely Considered Intellect
Makes for Intriguing Company!’
The New Yorker
‘Uncannily Spot-On Performance!’
A hit in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., C. S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert makes its Dallas premiere at the Eisemann Center in Richardson September 27 through October 8. The play is produced by New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts, which previously brought The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce to Dallas.
Awarding-winning actor Max McLean presents his acclaimed portrayal of C.S. Lewis in The Most Reluctant Convert, which is adapted exclusively from Lewis’ writings. The play follows Lewis’ journey from the death of his mother as a small boy through his estranged relationship with his father and to the “ghastly” experience of being in the trenches of World War I. These events helped form his deeply ingrained atheism.
Through interactions with figures such as J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton and George MacDonald, Lewis underwent an unwilling conversion from vigorous debunker of all religions to a vibrant and influential Christian intellectual. The Most Reluctant Convert takes audiences on Lewis’ entertaining journey from unbridled skepticism to exhilarating joy.
McLean’s performance, adorned with generous doses of Lewis’ sharp wit and self-deprecating humor, was described as “uncannily spot-on!” by TheaterMania. The Chicago Sun-Times called it “Highly Entertaining!” And The Weekly Standard said it is “a smart production…that delivers something truly novel in modern theater: a story about an immensely creative mind arriving at the threshold of faith.”
A brilliant academic and beloved, renowned author, 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.
Fellowship for Performing Arts produces theatre from a Christian worldview that engages diverse audiences in leading performance venues in the U.S. and in the United Kingdom.
C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
Performances: Wednesday, September 27 – Sunday, October 8
Show Times: Wednesday, Thursday – 7 p.m.; Friday – 8 p.m.; Saturday – 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday – 3 p.m.
Tickets are $41 to $61*. ‘$30 under 30’ tickets are available for patrons 30 and younger. ID at the box office required. Premium seats are also available. For groups of 10 or more, call 866.476.8707. Tickets are available at CSLewisonStage.com, by calling 972.744.4650 or by visiting the box office (2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082). *Ticket prices include $2 venue facility fee. Service fees will be added on all tickets.
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C. S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
Produced by Fellowship for Performing Arts
1501 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10036
Written and performed by Max McLean
Co-Directed by Ken Denison and Max McLean
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
Claudia Hill, Voice Coach
Aruba Productions, General Management
Ken Denison, Executive Producer