The acclaimed theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce comes to the Grand Rapids market Saturday, April 18, at the DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Show times are 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“This is C.S. Lewis at his imaginative best,” said Max McLean, founder and artistic director of New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts, the show’s producer. “In The Great Divorce, several of Lewis’ quirky, hopelessly-flawed characters take a bus ride from a suburb of Hell to the outskirts of Heaven. But the tantalizing question the play asks is: Will these lost souls choose to stay? Or do they actually prefer a life divorced from paradise?”
“The Great Divorce is a Twilight Zone-like fantasy, an entertaining and moving morality tale about human choices featuring vivid characters drawn with Lewis’ trademark wit,” McLean says. “Lewis wrote, ‘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.’”
The Great Divorce stars Michael Frederic (Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Off-Broadway), Joel Rainwater (The Lion King National Tour) and Christa Scott-Reed (The Pitmen Painters on Broadway).
The Great Divorce premiered in December, and the Grand Rapids engagement is part of a 21-city tour that includes Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis, Cincinnati and more.
Broadway World called The Great Divorce “a rare and welcomed treat!” and World Magazine hailed the production as “raising questions of eternal significance with disarming ease. Fantastic!” Charleston City Paper called it “a joy to watch!” The Arizona Republic said, “Brings Lewis to life with lively wit and generous humor!”
Fellowship for Performing Arts also produces the nationally-acclaimed hit The Screwtape Letters, which drew rave reviews off-Broadway and appeared in over 50 major cities throughout the United States, including Grand Rapids.
The Great Divorce will play on Saturday, April 18, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $59. Student seats are $25 (student ID required). For groups of 10 or more (including student groups) call 866.476.8707. Applicable ticket fees will apply.
To purchase tickets, visit www.CSLewisOnStage.com or call 800.745.3000. Tickets are also available at the DeVos Box Office, open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.