Between Heaven and Hell:
The Anthony Lawton Festival
This three-play festival celebrates the work of Philadelphia actor/playwright Anthony Lawton.
The Great Divorce
Based on the Novel by C.S. Lewis
Adapted and Performed by Anthony Lawton
December 3 - 19
C.S. Lewis' own favorite among his works, The Great Divorce tells the satirical and comic story of hapless professor Clive and the motley band of malcontents who join him on a very curious bus ride. Journeying between Heaven and Hell, Clive crosses a wildly inventive landscape filled with dazzling language and surprising insight.
"Passionate acting combined with riveting storytelling!" –Philadelphia Inquirer
"Unmissable! From the quiet, seemingly casual beginning to the unforgettable final moments, Lawton has us in the palm of his hand." –Philadelphia City Paper
The Devil and Billy Markham
By Shel Silverstein
Performed by Anthony Lawton
December 8, 11, and 15
Written entirely in rhyming couplets and punctuated with blues and country music, this raucous and raunchy play follows songwriter, good ol' boy, and ne'er-do-well Billy and his betting misadventures with the Devil. This play includes themes of sacrifice and redemption and is unapologetically and joyously profane. PARENTAL GUIDANCE ADVISED FOR AUDIENCE MEMBERS UNDER 17.
"Go. It's that simple, really. One of the most entertaining and uproarious performances in all Philadelphia!" –Philadelphia City Paper
Written and Performed by Anthony Lawton
December 14, 15, and 18
A probing, comic, autobiographical solo play in which Lawton wrestles with the value of religion. Where is the line between faith and superstition? Why are so many Christians so un-Christian? What is the difference between faith that heals and faith that destroys? This play contains profanity, frank discussions of sex, and ideas that some may consider to be blasphemous. CHILDREN UNDER 17 NOT ADMITTED.
"A hilarious, brutally honest, insightful, clever, engaging, edgy, terrifying look at one person's struggle to understand God, good, evil, order, chaos, and how to get along with and fit in with the other humans, especially women. You don't have to be Catholic or even Christian to love this play – just human. –Arts Examiner
Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.