C.S. LEWIS ONSTAGE, STARRING JEFF AWARD WINNER MAX MCLEAN, MAKES ITS MIDWEST PREMIERE JULY 22-AUGUST 14 AT THE MERCURY THEATER
After a seven-year absence, Fellowship for Performing Arts makes its triumphant return to Chicago with an all-new original production, starting next Friday, July 22. Equity Jeff Award winner Max McLean (Mark’s Gospel, The Screwtape Letters) stars in the one-man/one-act show C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, July 22-August 14 at Chicago’s Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets, $55-$59, are on sale now at CSLewisOnstage.com. “$30 under 30” tickets will be available to audience members age 30 and younger, subject to availability. Press performances are Sunday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 26.
Max McLean’s 2008 production of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters was cited as “the most successful production in the history of the Mercury Theater,” and his one-man show Mark’s Gospel earned him the 2009 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award. This summer, he brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age in C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, a brand new one-man one-act taking audiences on Lewis’ fascinating journey from atheism to Christianity.
Adapted exclusively from Lewis’ writings, McLean inhabits Lewis from the death of his mother and his estranged relationship with his father to the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th century. C.S. Lewis Onstage is a joyous evening of Lewis’ entertaining wit and exhilarating insight, touted as “masterful…. spiritually invigorating and hugely moving” by The Washington Post.
“We are thrilled to return to Chicago with our latest production,” said McLean, FPA’s founder and artistic director who adapted and performs the show. “C.S. Lewis wrote more than 30 books that have sold more than 200 million copies, making him arguably the most influential religious writer of the past century. In The Most Reluctant Convert, we visit the agonizing events that led to his conversion.”
C. S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
Adapted and performed by Max McLean
July 23-August 14, 2016
3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Tickets: $55 on weeknights and Sunday evening; $59 for all Saturday shows and Sunday matinee; limited $30 under 30 tickets available to theatergoers age 30 and younger (with valid ID)
By phone: 773-325-1700
On the web: mercurytheaterchicago.com
New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts produces theater from a Christian worldview presented in leading performance venues nationwide and created to engage diverse audiences. For more information visit www.FPAtheatre.com.