Monday, April 5, 2010

Max McLean: The Screwtape Letters: A Piercing Insight into Humanity’s Bent Toward Evil

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Max McLean, renowned Christian actor, narrator, winner of the 2009 "Jeff Award" for Outstanding Solo Performance, and president of the Fellowship of Performing Arts , will address the theme: "The Screwtape Letters: A Piercing Insight into Humanity’s Bent Toward Evil".

Max is also starring in the lead role of the demon Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters, a critically acclaimed, theatrical adaptation of the classic C.S. Lewis novel published in the earlier half of the 20th century about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view, starting April 15th in New York City (see!

“Max McLean transforms C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters into GRIPPING drama!”-- Marvin Olasky, World Magazine

The Screwtape Letters is still one of C. S. Lewis’ most influential works, along with such other classics as The Chronicles of Narnia (including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe), The Great Divorce and Mere Christianity. The book’s success as a piercing insight into humanity’s bent toward evil is due to Lewis’ lucid ability to make his readers squirm in self recognition. When first published in 1942 it brought immediate fame to this little-known Oxford don including the cover of Time Magazine.

Lewis dedicated the work to his close friend J. R. R. Tolkien who had expressed to Lewis that delving too deeply into the craft of evil would have consequences. Lewis admitted as much when he wrote: “Though I had never written anything more easily, I never wrote with less enjoyment . . . though it was easy to twist one’s mind into the diabolical attitude, it was not fun, or not for long. The work into which I had to project myself while I spoke through Screwtape was all dust, grit, thirst, and itch. Every trace of beauty, freshness, and geniality had to be excluded.”

Adapted and directed by Jeff Fiske & Max McLean, Scenic design is by Cameron Anderson, costumes are by Michael Bevins, lighting by Jesse Klug, and sound is by John Gromada.

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