New Theatrical Experience Brings C.S. Lewis to Life, Launching Sept. 22 and Throughout Fall


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Fellowship of Performing Arts Presents C.S. Lewis on Stage: Further Up & Further In

New Theatrical Experience Brings C.S. Lewis to Life, Launching Sept. 22 and Throughout Fall


From Fellowship for Performing Arts, the producers of The Screwtape Letters, and starring award-winning actor Max McLean, comes the premiere of a dazzling, new theatrical experience that will take you Further Up & Further In the wit and wisdom of C.S. Lewis.


“When Lewis moved from vigorous debunker to believer, it wasn’t obvious he would become the most influential Christian writer of the past hundred years,” said actor and playwright Max McLean. “Why did the BBC give Lewis a national audience to deliver unprecedently popular radio talks that would become Mere Christianity? How did Hitler’s devious charm influence the writing of The Screwtape Letters? What made Lewis such an effective apologist/evangelist to skeptics? Was it prayer? His expectation of the second coming? Or was it his deep longing for Heaven that also inspired much of his writing including Narnia and The Great Divorce?”

After three years of development, C.S. Lewis on Stage: Further Up & Further In, uses C.S. Lewis’ own words to explore these questions and more through an immersive, state-of-the-art theatrical experience of startling imagery, evocative music, and Lewis’ amazing storytelling. Further Up & Further In is a standalone production that builds on the story of Lewis’ conversion as a young man told in the nationwide hit play C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert.


The award-winning creative team is led by Kelly Tighe, set design (National Tour, Cats), John Gromada’s original score (Broadway, Tony Nomination, The Trip to Bountiful), Harry Feiner’s visual imagery (Off-Broadway, Paradise Lost) and Geoffrey Fishburn’s lighting (Off-Broadway, Martin Luther on Trial), all under the direction of Ken Denison (The Lion King, associate producer).

C.S. Lewis on Stage: Further Up & Further In fall 2022 tour includes:

  • Peace Center, Greenville, South Carolina, Sept. 22-25
  • Straz Center, Tampa, Florida, Oct. 1-2
  • Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, Florida, Oct. 8
  • Eisemann Center, Dallas, Texas, October 13-23 (World Premiere)
  • First Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. Atlanta. November 5-6
  • Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, Nov. 18-20
  • Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 2-4

Founded by Artistic Director Max McLean, Fellowship for Performing Arts is a New York City-based production company whose mission is to produce theatre and film from a Christian worldview to engage a diverse audience. In addition to annual seasons at Theatre Row in New York City, it produces coast-to-coast tours in both major performing arts venues and university theatres. McLean is the 2022 recipient of the C.S. Lewis Foundation Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions in Faith and Dramatic Arts.

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FPA also produced the hit film The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis, which is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play and YouTube, as well as to purchase on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Ticket Prices: $39-$99
For groups of 10 or more. Email [email protected]
$30 under 30, at the box office, ID required.
Produced by Fellowship for Performing Arts
630 9th Avenue, Suite 1409, New York NY 10036

Written and performed by Max McLean
Directed by Ken Denison
Ken Denison, Executive Producer
Kelly James Tighe, Scenic Design
Michael Bevins, Costume Design
Geoffrey D. Fishburn, Lighting Design
John Gromada, Original Music & Sound Design
Harry Feiner, Projections Design
Matt Deinhart, Associate Projections Design
Sandra Drewes, Lighting Programmer
Sofia Claudino, Projections Assistant
Bradley Gowers, Associate Sound
Lew Mead, Production Supervisor and Stage Manager
Aruba Productions, General Management