FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Higgins, 610.282.WILL , ext. 4
July 11, 2013
Center Valley, PA – Diversifying its offerings throughout the season with special one-night-only performances, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents Anthony Lawton’s adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. The 90-minute, two-person play will be performed on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm on the Main Stage.
Lawton, a long-time PSF company member who is also performing in Henry VIII, reprises his performance as Screwtape, an undersecretary in Hell’s infinite bureaucracy. He dictates letters to his demon nephew, Wormwood, assigned the task of tempting a single, earthly soul to damnation.
Once named Philadelphia’s “Best One-Man Theatre,” Lawton delivers a play that crackles with wit and insight. Punctuating the play are dances in styles as varied as tap, Latin ballroom, jazz, martial arts, and rock, performed by Screwtape and his sinuous secretary, Toadpipe, played by Kim Carson.
The Screwtape Letters
Adapted by Anthony Lawton
Monday, July 29, 7:30pm
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The Festival’s 22nd season also features Measure for Measure (July 18 – August 4) in rep with The Importance of Being Earnest (through August 4), Henry VIII (July 24 – August 4) and the children’s productions Beauty and the Beast (through August 3) and Shakespeare for Kids (July 24 – August 3).
The season sponsors are Dr. and Mrs. Frank J. Szarko, and associate season sponsors are Linda Lapos and Paul Wirth.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth and a professional, not-for-profit, theatre company. An independent 501 c 3 organization, PSF receives support from DeSales University and relies on contributions from individuals, government agencies, corporations and foundations. PSF is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Lehigh Valley Arts Council and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
ANTHONY LAWTON. Favorite roles include Feste in Twelfth Night (twice at PSF, once at Lantern), George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut St.), Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Arden), man in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1812 Productions), Coleman in Lonesome West (Lantern), and Stephano in The Tempest (PSF). Since 1998, he has produced solo and small-cast works under the rubric of The Mirror Theatre Company, including C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters.
KIM CARSON. A Philadelphia area actor and teaching artist, Kim is currently performing in South Pacific as Ensign Nellie Forbush at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, New York.
Media representatives interested in attending the performance, please contact Lisa Higgins, Lisa.Higgins@pashakespeare.org.