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C.S. Lewis On Stage

Tom Key’s acclaimed solo dramatization

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2008

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STEUBENVILLE, OH— Franciscan University celebrates the beloved author of The Chronicles of Narnia, Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity with a presentation of Tom Key’s acclaimed solo dramatization C.S. Lewis On Stage on Sunday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J. C. Williams Center.

“C.S. Lewis On Stage puts the audience in the presence of the author himself, as though they are attending one of his popular public appearances,” Key explains.

In the play, Key portrays various characters from The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, The Dark Tower and Other Stories, as well as excerpts from other C.S. Lewis works.

Key has honed this performance over two decades in venues from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., to the Shaldonean Theater at Oxford University, England.

C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1898, and died in Oxford in 1963. He held the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University. He wrote more than thirty books, ranging from literary criticism and Christian apologetics to the acclaimed series of novels, The Chronicles of Narnia.

Tom Key is producing artistic director of Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta’s fastest-growing professional theatre company, where he presented the world premiere of his play based on Walker Percy’s National Book Award novel, The Moviegoer. He is well known for his award-winning performances in the celebrated off-Broadway musical, Cotton Patch Gospel, which he conceived and co-authored with the late singer-songwriter, Harry Chapin. His film and television appearances include In the Heat of the Night and I’ll Fly Away.

Admission to the performance, which lasts approximately 90 minutes, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shawn Dougherty, drama professor at Franciscan University, at 740-284-5392.

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