Above: Performance photo of Max McLean & Karen Eleanor Wight from "The Screwtape Letters."
"The Screwtape Letters," the provocative and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view, will be presented at the historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue at East, San Diego, California, in a limited engagement on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Google Map
This engagement at the Balboa Theatre follows its hit nine month run at the Westside Theatre in New York where "The Screwtape Letters" played over 300 performances!
"The Screwtape Letters" runs 90 minutes without intermission. In this topsy turvy morally inverted universe set in an eerily stylish office in hell, God is called the “Enemy” and the devil is referred to as “Our Father below.” The play follows His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape, Satan’s top psychiatrist, played by award winning actor Max McLean, and his creature-demon secretary Toadpipe, as they train an apprentice demon, Wormwood, on the fine art of seducing an unsuspecting human “patient” down the “soft, gentle path to hell.”
Produced by New York City based Fellowship for the Performing Arts. Max McLean serves as artistic director. Executive producer and general manager is Ken Denison of Aruba Productions. Scenic design is by Cameron Anderson, costumes by Michael Bevins, Lighting design by Jesse Klug, and original music and sound design by John Gromada.
The performance schedule for "The Screwtape Letters" is Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets range from $29 - $89. Student tickets are available for $25 each; limit two per customer, at the Box Office. Valid ID must be presented. All ticket prices are subject to facility fees. To purchase tickets or for more information, call area code 619/760/858 570.1100, visit www.sdbalboa.org, or visit ScrewtapeonStage.com. For groups of 10 or more call 866.476.8707.
Associated Press calls the production “Devilishly funny!” The Chicago Sun-Times hails The Screwtape Letters as “Smart, sizzling entertainment!” and National Review describes it is “Pure genius…an outstanding piece of work!”