Max McLean portrays C.S. Lewis; below, a scene from Martin Luther on Trial.

The Reluctant Convert,’ a play on C.S.Lewis, is a big Washington hit

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When the stage lights go up, a solitary figure in a brown tweed suit is sitting in a book-lined study at a college at England’s Oxford University. He is C.S. Lewis, one of the most famous converts to Christianity of the 20th century.

“You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet,” Lewis tells the audience.

A one-man show about an Oxford don’s twists and turns on the way to embracing Christianity may sound like an odd proposition for a bracing evening at the theater. Yet C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, written and acted by Max McLean, drew a large and enthusiastic crowd to its world premiere at Washington’s prestigious Lansburgh Theatre.

After playing to full houses in Washington’s theater district, the Most Reluctant Convert will now be on tour, presented in select theaters around the U.S. It will be in San Francisco June 24-26 and in Los Angeles July 14-17.

The high-quality script and production are the work of Fellowship for the Performing Arts, a New York-based group that produces sophisticated theater from a Christian worldview. McLean, an award-winning actor whose voice is well known to many as the narrator of The Listener’s Bible recordings, founded the fellowship in 1992.

This article continues at [NCRegister] C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien (and Martin Luther) Walk Into a Theater

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