It’s not too late to get your tickets to The Great Divorce, a one-man play written and performed by Anthony Lawton, based on the book by C.S. Lewis of the same title (my review). In case you’re unfamiliar with the book, here’s the basic plot: Several people from Hell are given a bus ride to the outskirts of Heaven, where they are given a choice about whether they will travel on to the “high country” or return to the “Grey City”. I don’t want to give away too much, but here is the most famous quote from the book, which may give you some idea of how things turn out:
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened. ”
Here’s a short description of the stage adaptation, taken from the Humanitas Forum on Christianity and Culture, which is sponsoring tonight’s play:
Anthony Lawton will make you laugh. He will make you think. He will also make you examine your own soul as he portrays the rationalizations and self-deceptions used to refuse Heaven.
Anthony’s masterful performance combines with his faithful adaptation of Lewis’s The Great Divorce to produce an evening of spiritual insight and challenge. Using a wide range of dialects—from Cockney to American Midwestern to Scottish—Anthony Lawton brings to life over a dozen characters in his one-man stage adaptation of Lewis’s classic. “Now this is storytelling,” says the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A further description of the play was provided by the Lantern Theater Company for performance from earlier this year.
Anthony Lawton has uploaded a few clips from his play as well:
The play starts TONIGHT at 7:00 at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be available at the door, provided it isn’t sold out. Student tickets are $10, individuals are $15, couples are $25, and $45 gets in everybody living under the same roof. Also, children under 13 get in free! I don’t know that I’d take young children to see this play, but it will be suitable for middle school students.
I hope to see you there this evening!