The creative force behind the one-man production is actor Max McLean who wrote the play and assumes the title role. The script is gleaned from Lewis' books and essays throughout his academic and writing career in his native Great Britain. His best-known work is the popular "Chronicles of Narnia" series, but he has a rich catalog of theological volumes such as "Mere Christianity" and "Miracles." He died in 1963.
The stage presentation begins with Lewis' early life experiences that initially influenced him to embrace atheism. But it weaves together the narrative of a slow and deliberate awakening that led him to become – in his own words – ""the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England."
McLean, who is founder/artistic director of the faith-based Fellowship for Performing Arts in New York, brought his adaptation of Lewis' satirical novel "The Screwtape Letters" to DeVos back in 2012.
The play and portrayal have been praised in reviews in major publications in New York, Chicago and Washington DC. Watch the trailer for "The Most Reluctant Convert" online.
"C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert," a stage play by Max McLean
4pm Sat. June 16, 2018
DeVos Performance Hall, downtown Grand Rapids
Tickets range from $39 to $89. A special $30 ticket for patrons 30 years old and under ("$30 under 30") will be available at the DeVos Hall box office (ID required). Reserved seats available at Ticketmaster outlets, online or phone 800-745-3000. For group rates of 10 or more call 888-294-1733.