C. S. Lewis’s
The Great Divorce
A one-man play
adapted and performed
February 5 & 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009 – 7:00 pm
Wesley Arena Theater
East Ninth Street
Friday, February 6, 2009 – 7:30
Music Square E.
visit to the outskirts of Heaven would not be enough to change the
destiny of some damned human souls. The conversations in
Lewis’s fantasy reveal a host of rationalizations and
self-deceptions used by these miserable souls to defend their
refusal of goodness and God. There are no half-measures in the
spiritual life: “If we insist on keeping Hell we shall not see
Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain
even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.”
wide range of dialects—from Cockney to American Midwestern to
Scottish—Anthony Lawton brings to life over a dozen characters in
his one-man stage adaptation of The Great Divorce.
Faithfully following Lewis’s text, Lawton makes his audiences laugh,
think, and examine their own souls. “Now this is
storytelling,” says the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Video clips of Anthony’s performance of The Great Divorce at
Oxbridge 2008 are available
here (a nine-minute compilation of short excerpts).
A printable black & white flyer is available
One act, approx. 80
minutes, short Q&A with Mr. Lawton following each performance.
6:00 pm Thursday, 6:30 pm Friday
Additional information on
Anthony Lawton and his Mirror Theatre Company is available
the performance is highly recommended.
received his M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in 1992.
He has acted in and produced The Devil and Billy Markham by
Shel Silverstein and C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce and The
Screwtape Letters. In 2006, his original play, The Foocy,
garnered five Barrymore nominations.
Mr. Lawton appeared in
the film Unbreakable and on CBS TV’s Hack and Cold
Case. He has taught Acting, Directing, Shakespeare, and Solo
Performance at the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater.
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