Monday, July 12, 2010

The Screwtape Letters

    Okay, in case you don’t already know, I love C.S. Lewis—and I also love theater. So when I found out that the book by C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, was playing in New York while I was there last week, I had to go see it.
    If you haven’t read The Screwtape Letters, then go read it right now because it’s one of my favorite books ever and you’re totally missing out. But basically it’s a wonderfully written satire about a demon’s letters to his nephew, a demon in training who is trying to secure the damnation of an ordinary young man.
    Of course, there aren’t many characters in this book, Screwtape being the main one, so I was wondering how exactly they would portray this book onstage.
    There are only two characters in the actual play, Screwtape and another demon called Toadpipe but Screwtape is the only character who actually speaks. So basically, the actor who played Screwtape, Max McLean, memorized about an hour and a half worth of lines. Crazy, right?
    At first I wasn’t too sure about it, The Screwtape Letters is a very compelling and interesting book and I wasn’t sure how one actor could really bring that to the stage. But it turned out that the play was amazing and just as compelling as the book.
    Here’s an interview with Max McLean and he gives a little bit of insight on the play and how he portrays the character of Screwtape. Enjoy.


Sarah said...

So cool! I bet that was awesome! The book was fantastic!!