Off-Broadway's The Screwtape Letters will close on January 9, 2011, at the Westside Theatre. The show will embark on a national tour beginning January 15 in Los Angeles with playwright and title star Max McLean as Screwtape. The tour will continue to San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Colorado Springs and other soon-to-be announced cities.
This stage adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel explores spiritual warfare from the viewpoint of a demon named Screwtape, who offers advice to his acolyte on earth via a series of letters. The off-Broadway production opened on May 10, directed by Jeffrey Fiske, who co-wrote the production with McLean. Elise Girardin co-stars as Screwtape's assistant, Toadpipe. The Screwtape Letters first played at Chicago's Mercury Theatre for six months before coming to New York.