Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN

Zion Theatre Company is producing national award-winning playwright Mahonri Stewart's play about C.S. Lewis's early life at the Castle Theater in Provo from August 24 through September 8, 2012. Get a first look at the production in the photos below!

The play tells the story of how C.S. Lewis (author of the popular The Chronicles of Narnia series, as well as religious classics as the The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity) journeyed from an ardent atheist to one of the 20th century's most famous champions for Christianity. Starting around his entry as a young soldier in World War I, to some pivotal relationships which changed his spiritual outlook in the 1930s (including his pivotal friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit), it tells the story of Jack's shift in worldview and spiritual outlook.

"C.S. Lewis, who preferred to be called Jack, was very antagonistic to the idea of God, much due to the death of his mother at a young age," said playwright Stewart, "He was an intellectual, a scholar, eventually a Literature Professor at Oxford… he was no one's fool. So his shift from atheism to Christianity has weight, it says something. I think it goes a long way to show how not all religious people are the simple idiots many portray them to bE. Lewis' faith, because it had so long carried the weight of doubt, was a vigorous thing, it was earned."

The director of the play, Randy King, also believes C.S. Lewis's intellect says something about the kind of belief he had, "C. S. Lewis journey to truth is encouraging in that it shows that being learned and having faith do not have to be mutually exclusive. He is an example to all who seek the truth no matter where it may be found."

C.S. Lewis carries a lot of weight in Utah, his faith based writing having strong resonance with many local residents who have grown up with his work. Ken Foody, who is playing the key role of C.S. "Jack" Lewis is no exception, "I've been a huge fan my whole life. The older I got, the more I've read his non-fiction and the bigger fan I've become! It's humbling, daunting and exciting all at the same time to play someone who is arguably the world's greatest Christian Apologist. Mahonri's recreated the beautifully fact-based journey that, if I can do it any justice, is meant to remind audience members how important their faith is to them, and to reaffirm in our hearts and minds that Fount from which all our blessings flow."

The Castle Theater is located at 1300 East Center Street in Provo. For ticketing, scheduling and other information, visit www.ziontheatrecompany.com.

Photo credit: Naoma Wilkinson

Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN

Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN
Ken Foody as C.S. "Jack" Lewis and Bryce Bishop as Owen Barfield

Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN
Erika Coleman as Maureen Moore; Ken Foody as C.S. "Jack" Lewis; Susan Phelan as Janie Moore

Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN
Ken Foody as C.S. "Jack" Lewis and Jana Lee Stubbs as Mary "Smudge" Wibelin

Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN
Lawrence McLay as John "Doc" Askins; Erika Coleman as Maureen Moore; Susan Phelan as Janie Moore

Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN
Chris Bentley as J.R.R. Tolkien; Ken Foody as C.S. "Jack" Lewis; Matthew Davis as Hugo Dyson.

Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN
Ken Foody as C.S. "Jack" Lewis; Matthew Davis as Hugo Dyson

Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN
Randy King as Albert Lewis; Ken Foody as C.S. "Jack" Lewis

Photo Flash: First Look at Zion Theatre Company's SWALLOW THE SUN

 

 

 

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