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The Screwtape Letters

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Westside Theatre Downstairs

407 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

1hr. 30mins
0 Intermissions
Important Dates
On Sale
Jan 01, 2010
Apr 15, 2010
May 03, 2010
Jan 09, 2011
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A provocative and wickedly funny adaptation of C.S. Lewis' 1942 novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. In this inverted moral universe set in an office in hell, ...

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What Is the Story of The Screwtape Letters?
This theatrical adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ celebrated World War II-era novel features a demon named Screwtape who corresponds from his office in hell with an unseen disciple-in-training, offering advice on how to lead people on earth to the dark side. Assisted by his personal secretary (a creature named Toadpipe), Screwtape explains how various temptations can turn people away from The Enemy (God) and toward Our Father Below (the Devil). “We have never had souls in such abundance,” he chillingly declares.

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What Is The Screwtape Letters Like?
The Screwtape Letters features a powerful performance by co-author Max McLean as “His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape.” Pacing the floor of his spooky underground lair, Screwtape becomes ill at the mention of love and “the painful subject of prayer.” Although the show has a built-in audience in fans of Lewis’ religious writing, it’s a fascinating, fast-moving 90 minutes that will appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in the notion of heaven and hell.

Is The Screwtape Letters Good for Kids?
The show is too intellectual for young children, and its depiction of hell can be frightening. (The set features a backdrop of dozens of skulls and bones with fiery red lighting.) It’s an excellent choice for church youth groups and high school audiences.