Max McLean, Artistic Director of Fellowship for the Performing Arts, announces that the World Premiere of C.S. Lewis’ THE GREAT DIVORCE will be presented at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., in Phoenix, in a limited engagement from Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22, 2013. This journey to Heaven and Hell is a provocative exploration of human nature, featuring vivid characters drawn with Lewis’ trademark wit. 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 really like it? Will they prefer Hell to Heaven?
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.
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