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LETU to Present C.S. Lewis' 'Screwtape Letters' Nov. 2


LeTourneau University will present C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters" to be performed at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., in Longview.

Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $44 to $60, based on seating. They may be purchased at www.BelcherCenter.com or by phone at 903-233-3080.

Presented at two show times, "The Screwtape Letters" is a smart, provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' novel about spiritual warfare. The play, set in an eerily stylish office in hell, follows the clever scheming of Satan's chief psychiatrist, Screwtape, as he entices a human 'patient' toward damnation. In this topsy-turvy, morally inverted universe God is the Enemy and the Devil is Our Father below.

The stakes are high as human souls are hell's primary source of food. As His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape, award-winning actor Brent Harris creates a masterful character who mesmerizes the audience as he allures his unsuspecting 'patient' down the soft, gentle path to Hell. At his feet is Screwtape's able assistant, Toadpipe, (played by Marissa Molnar & Tamala Bakkensen) a grotesque creature demon, who transforms her elastic body into the paragons of vices and characters Screwtape requires to keep his patient away from the "Enemy.

Max McLean, who developed the role of Screwtape, will be on hand to give a 15-20 post-show talk with audience question and answer.

"The Screwtape Letters" was a hit in New York where it played 309 performances at the Westside Theatre in 2010. The Chicago Tribune described "The Screwtape Letters" as the "most successful show in the history of Chicago's Mercury Theatre." It also had two engagements at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. where it played for 10 sold-out weeks. The national tour of "The Screwtape Letters" will play in over fifty major cities and performing arts venues throughout the United States.

The show is sponsored by Richard and Carol Manley.

The entire 2013-2014 Belcher Center season is underwritten by Martin Midstream Partners. Marquee sponsors include Transet Company and Joy Global, with each show sponsored by other generous donors.

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