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February 7 - 12, 2012 LANTERN THEATER COMPANY AT ST. STEPHEN’S THEATER 10th & Ludlow Streets, Philadelphia, PA 215.829.0395 www.lanterntheater.org


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LANTERN THEATER COMPANY Charles McMahon

Anne Shuff

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

MANAGING DIRECTOR

presents

BY C.S.

Lewis

ADAPTED & PERFORMED BY Anthony

Lawton

Meghan Jones PRODUCTION MANAGER

Peter Escalada-Mastick PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Rebecca Smith Jonathon Welsh VENUE MANAGERS

The Great Divorce is presented by special arrangement with The C.S. Lewis Company, Ltd.


THE COMPANY All Roles

Anthony Lawton Setting: A Bus Stop

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION Artists: In Conversation. Join us after the following performances for a moderated post-show discussion with adapter/performer Anthony Lawton: Wednesday, February 8 at 8pm, Thursday, February 9 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 12 at 5pm. Box Office Hours. During performance weeks, the Box Office is open Monday & Tuesday 10am-5pm, Wednesday-Friday 10am-intermission, and Saturday & Sunday noon-intermission. The Box Office can be reached at 215.829.0395 or boxoffice@lanterntheater.org. Late Seating. Due to the intimacy of the Lantern’s Mainstage theater, we are unable to seat patrons in the orchestra once a performance has begun. If you arrive late or need to use the restroom during the show, our House Manager will escort you to the first available seat in the balcony to avoid disturbing the performance. Balcony seating is extremely limited, so please make every effort to arrive on time. For your safety and the safety of those around you, please comply with all instructions provided by our house management staff. Use of Electronic Devices. Out of respect for the actors and your fellow audience members, please turn OFF all cell phones, pagers, watch alarms, and text messaging devices prior to entering the theater. Legal Warning. The use of cameras or recording devices, or the possession of such recording equipment, is strictly prohibited by law. Equipment will be confiscated and violators are subject to immediate ejection from the theater with no refunds.


FROM THE ADAPTER/PERFORMER I have been performing this play for almost 14 years. I bet I have done about 100 performances. The idea that jumps out at me this time is Reality. Late in the story, Lewis has George MacDonald say of damned souls, “There is always something they insist on keeping, even at the price of misery. There is always something they prefer to Joy— that is, to Reality.” A pair of polar ideas in this play are “Reality” and “Illusion/ Delusion.” Heaven, in Lewis’ imagination, is mightily real. Hell, by contrast, is mostly imaginary. The citizens of Hell are such insubstantial creatures that Heaven, by contrast, seems adamantine and cruel to them; Heaven’s softest grasses are like spikes of diamond, and its lightest leaves are nearly immovable burdens. The citizens of Heaven, by contrast, are strong and heavy—Heaven’s reality has infected them—and Heaven’s turf yields softly beneath their bare feet. Those of us who are wretched invent our own reality. When truth seems too cruel or unbearable, we make up our own truth. In our own way, we are happy—we live in a “fool’s paradise.” We persuade ourselves that life is a series of superficial relationships, a cycle of binges, a game of acquisition, or a quest for power and status, is bliss. We can, by dint of steady effort, myopically block from our minds the sadness and ugliness of our lives. “At least I have it my own way,” we say. By contrast, the psychologically, spiritually mature person must look reality in the face with a constant blend of courage and humility. He must be brave enough to admit when he is being a jerk, and he must be humble enough to return, repeatedly, to the right way—it takes humility to say, regularly, “I was wrong.” Goodness, Lewis argues, is a real thing, and no one has the godlike power to “invent” his own ideas of good and evil. We live in a philosophical environment that sneeringly labels these ideas as “Absolutism.” The idea of truth—especially of moral truth—smacks of arrogance. The 20th century responds with Existentialism and Relativism, in which one invents one’s own truth. Lewis’ response? If you live in an imaginary house, you get rained on. —Anthony

Lawton


WHO’S WHO ANTHONY LAWTON (Adapter and Performer) acquired his M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in 1992. Since then, he has mostly acted on stage, at theatres in Michigan, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New York City. Principally, however, he has lived and worked in Philadelphia. Favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut Street Theatre); Gideon in Athol Fugard’s Playland (Wilma Theater); Coleman in The Lonesome West and Feste in Twelfth Night (Lantern Theater Company); the Fire Chief in the 24-Hour Bald Soprano (Brat Productions); Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Cromwell in A Man for All Seasons, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (PA Shakespeare Festival); Dr. Parker in Bat Boy and “man” in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1812 Productions); and The Devil and Billy Markham, Heresy, The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters–solo shows he produced under the aegis of his own company, the Mirror. He has appeared in M. Night Shyamalan’s film Unbreakable, and in the Vince Papale biopic Invincible. He has also appeared on CBS TV’s Hack and Cold Case. In 1999, Philadelphia City Paper named him the city’s “Best One-Man Theatre.” In 2003, he was awarded an Independence Foundation grant to develop a production of his first original play, The Foocy, which had its world premiere at the Lantern in 2005 and garnered five Barrymore nominations, including Best New Play. CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (Playwright) (1898-1963) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English at Oxford until 1954 when he was named Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English (a chair created specially for him) at Cambridge. Persuaded by several friends, including J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis converted from staunch atheist to Christian in his early thirties. Following his conversion, he wrote several books that were colored by his experience as a Christian, including works of Christian apologetics (Mere Christianity), satire and fiction (The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Space Trilogy, Till We Have Faces), and children’s fantasy (The Chronicles of Narnia). MEGHAN JONES (Production Manager) has collaborated in past seasons as technical director and resident scenic designer for Lantern Theater Company. This season she is delighted to join the staff as Production Manager. She holds an MFA in design from Temple University and also designs throughout the Philadelphia area. Much appreciation to LTC staff, cast, and crew. PETER ESCALADA-MASTICK (Production Designer) Local work includes designs for New Paradise Laboratories, InterAct Theatre Company, Subcircle, First Person Arts, Brat Productions, Simpatico Theatre Project, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Drexel


WHO’S WHO University, Burlington County College, Blindspot, Thirdbird, and recent renovations for Christ Church Neighborhood House and the Skybox at the Adrienne. In other capacities, Peter has worked for Walnut Street Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Prince Music Theater, Pig Iron Theatre Company, rainpan 43, Gas & Electric Arts, 1812 Productions, Theatre Exile, Wilma Theater, Curtis Institute of Music, The Rock School for Dance Education, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, and Hidden City Philadelphia. REBECCA SMITH (Venue Manager) is in her fourth season at the Lantern. She is a Temple graduate with a BA in European History and a minor in Theater. She has worked as production manager at Theatre Exile, and as stage manager at Brat Productions, Kaibutsu, and Temple University Theater. Favorite Lantern shows include The Hothouse, Hamlet and Uncle Vanya. JONATHON WELSH (Venue Manager) is thrilled to be back with the Lantern! A graduate of Kenyon College with a B.A. in Drama, some of his stage management credits include Richard III, Droit Du Seigneur, and The Miser (Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company), The Annihilation Point (The Berserker Residents), and The Credeaux Canvas (Theatre Horizon). Next up: How I Learned to Drive at Theatre Horizon. Love to the family. For Popsicle. CHARLES McMAHON (Artistic Director) co-founded the Lantern and serves as Artistic Director in addition to acting and directing for the company. Roles include Heisenberg in Copenhagen, Lucky in Waiting for Godot, Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Edmund in King Lear, and Pete Seeger in Un-American. Lantern directing credits include New Jerusalem, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Part I, Hamlet, Othello, La Ronde (also translator/adapter), Richard III (Barrymore Award, Outstanding Production of a Play), The Comedy of Errors (Barrymore nomination), King Lear, A Doll’s House, and the upcoming Romeo and Juliet. Charles is a graduate of NYU’s theater department where he studied acting and directing before returning to Philadelphia. ANNE SHUFF (Managing Director) is in her third season as Managing Director following seven years of service on the Lantern’s Board of Directors, including four years as Treasurer and three years as Personnel Committee Chair. As Managing Partner of MindLabs.net, she has guided online marketing strategy for theater companies across the country, and her work has been highlighted by WIRED magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, and the design reference book Web Site Design Goodies. She previously served as Business Manager at The Wilma Theater and Assistant Controller & IS Manager at Walnut Street Theatre. Hola, Miguelito!


WHO’S WHO ARTISTIC & ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Artistic Director Charles McMahon Managing Director Anne Shuff Associate Artistic Director KC MacMillan Development Director Jennifer Pratt Johnson Education Director Joshua Browns Production Manager Meghan Jones Audience Services Manager Ali Roy House Managers Terry Brennan Katie Driscoll Colleen Hughes Amy Scheidegger Box Office Managers Clara Elser Jonathon Welsh Box Office Assistants Terry Brennan Lauren Tuvell Press Representative Megan Wendell, Canary Promotion Artistic Associate Janet Embree FOR THIS PRODUCTION Production Designer Venue Managers Costume Shop Manager Master Electrician Sound Technician Electricians Production Interns

Peter Escalada-Mastick Rebecca Smith, Jonathon Welsh Natalia de la Torre Georgia Schlessman M. Craig Getting Zachary Brown, Melanie Leeds Marie Deserto, Lisa Sullivan

SPECIAL THANKS Anonymous, Gene & Joann Bissell, Louis Bluver, Stacy Maria Dutton, Nancy H. Dutton, Helen McMahon, and our community partners at St. Stephen’s Church (Dr. Charles Flood and Mark Yurkanin).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Stacy Maria Dutton, President Michael H. Rosenthal, Vice President Gregory J. Kleiber, Treasurer Frank A. Dante, Secretary Michael K. Brophy Nicholas D. Constan David S. Conway Angela H. D’Amato

Philip Hawkins Betsy Kalish Kevin Kleinschmidt Charles McMahon Anne Shuff Sarah F. Weinstein Rebecca Williams


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March 1 - April 1, 2012 BY

William Shakespeare

DIRECTED BY

Charles McMahon “Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

May 17 - June 10, 2012 Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona

BY

DIRECTED BY

Peter DeLaurier “Who is the accused? Who is the State?”


INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT & IN-KIND DONORS Lantern Theater Company gratefully acknowledges the individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies listed in the following pages whose generous contributions provide continuing support for our artistic and education programs. Please consider joining them by making a tax deductible gift using the donor envelope included with this program. Thank you! GOVERNMENT, CORPORATE, AND FOUNDATION SUPPORT Anonymous Art-Reach, Inc. Barra Foundation Canary Promotion Charlotte Cushman Foundation Trustees in memory of their treasured colleague, Norma Testardi Egendorf Pomerantz Delaware County Community Foundation Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation Energy Plus Hassel Foundation Hirsig Family Fund Independence Foundation Leo Model Foundation Lida Foundation Lincoln Financial Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Pennsylvania Humanities Council IN-KIND DONORS Anonymous Drew Billiau Len Blumenthal Brandow Clinic Martha E. Candiello Nicholas D. Constan Dan Brody Photography Dunkin’ Donuts Nancy H. Dutton, Esq. Stacy Maria Dutton Janet Embree Tamara R. English James & Kay Gately Betsy Kalish Gregory Kleiber & Harriet Ravdin Kevin Kleinschmidt David Kotok Le Bec Fin

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THANKS TO OUR SPOTLIGHT SOCIETY Membership in the Lantern’s Spotlight Society is extended to those making annual gifts of $1,000 or more. In appreciation for their exceptional generosity, Spotlight Society members receive customized benefits designed to enhance the Lantern experience. Anonymous Todd & Barbara Albert Theodora Wheeler Ashmead Jim & Janet Averill Gene & Joann Bissell Louis Bluver Bruce & Barbara Byrne Martha E. Candiello & Peter Gold Nicholas D. Constan David Conway & Helen Hashemi Conway Angela H. D’Amato Frank A. Dante Allitia DiBernardo & Matthew Brener Nancy H. Dutton Stacy Maria Dutton James & Kay Gately Eduardo Glandt David & Linda Glickstein Maxine & Jay Goldberg Leonard & Mary Lee Haas Philip Hawkins & Ronnie KurchnerHawkins Al & Nancy Hirsig Betsy Kalish Harvey & Virginia Kimmel

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Join us for a special evening to celebrate Lantern Theater Company’s 18th Anniversary Season and to honor Ceal Phelan and Gayle R. Smith

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The Great Divorce (February 7-12, 2012)