The Screwtape Letters
Adapted and Performed by Anthony Lawton
From the Novel by C.S. Lewis
May 19 - June 6, 2010
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.
"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
"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
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.
Lantern Theater Company respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape.