‘The Screwtape Letters’: Lewis’ spiritual satire to hit the stage at Durham Performing Arts Center

Jan. 04, 2013 @ 08:59 PM


The Fellowship for the Performing Arts’ production of C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” will kick off its 2013 national tour in Durham with a pair of performances Jan. 19 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivan St.

Adapted for the stage by Max McLean, who portrays the title character in this production, Lewis’ work paints a world where morality is turned on its head. The plot centers around “Screwtape” — a demon employed as Satan’s head psychiatrist — and his attempts at training an apprentice demon, Wormwood, in the art of corruption of the human soul.

Famous for his authorship of fantasy/science fiction series like “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Space Trilogy,” Lewis is also recognized for his work as a lay theologian and Christian apologist. As such, his insight into human nature manifests itself in the readers’ reactions to the book as they struggle with their own self-recognition.

The mission of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts is to produce theatrical works from a Christian worldview capable of engaging a diverse audience. McLean is the president of the New York City-based organization.

Performances at the performing arts center are scheduled for 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets are available in the following price tiers: $59, $49 and $39. There are a limited number of premium seats available for $89 and student seats for $25 (student ID required). For groups of 10 or more (including student groups), call (866) 476-8707.

To purchase tickets, search ScrewtapeonStage.com, call (919) 680-2787 or visit the ticket center at the venue Monday-Friday (from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Saturday (from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.).