The Screwtape Letters
By C.S. Lewis
Adapted by Anthony Lawton
May 27 - June 15, 2014
In a dark corner of Hell's bureaucracy sits mid-level demon Screwtape, scratching out letters to his nephew, Wormwood, filled with advice on how to corrupt a human soul. Gleefully, Screwtape catalogs the list of human frailties upon which Wormwood is to prey – war, lust, debauchery, decadence, and all sorts of wickedness. Anthony Lawton's rollicking adaptation turns C.S. Lewis' revered classic into a sumptuous multimedia event with music, dance, and infernal unpredictability.
Sarah Gliko as Toadpipe Anthony Lawton as Screwtape
Meghan Jones, Production Manager Lance Kniskern, Scenic Designer Jillian Keys, Costume Designer Amanda Jensen, Lighting Designer Rebecca Smith, Venue Manager Dave Jadico, Fire-Eating Instructor Myra Bazell, John Bellomo, Lee Ann Etzold, Original Choreography Rachel Camp, Melanie Cotton, Dance/Movement Consultants James Doolittle, Logan Tiberi-Warner, Projection Designers
News & Reviews
"A friendish delight! An evening of theatrical power and psychological horror. [Lawton and Gliko] ignite the stage. They battle with wooden weapons, torture one another with a bullwhip, and engage in a series of dances – ballroom, tango, and a slick tap number...– that are only surpassed by their fire-eating contest." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The stagecraft and actors deserve high praise for some of the best work seen on a Philadelphia stage this season." –Broad Street Review
"There's plenty to take away from this show and stew on in the days – or eternities – after you see it. Sure, you could just read Lewis' novel and get most of the moral questions and ambiguities the show raises. But the Lantern's production of The Screwtape Letters is simply more fun." –Uwishunu
"Lantern Theater Company does everyone a favor by reviving actor-playwright Anthony Lawton's adaptation of The Screwtape Letters. Theology has never been so wickedly fun." –Philadelphia City Paper
"Lawton's brutal insights into human frailty are much in evidence in his piercing, painfully funny portrayal of Screwtape." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
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