Duster: What was the inspiration behind the theatre program’s decision to perform Shadowlands?
Dr. Doyle: Shadowlands is a beautiful story of love based on real people. That’s always fascinating. Then, the fact that the Bible Department was bringing in a C.S. Lewis expert (information below) this spring made this play a perfect choice for this semester.
Duster: We are very certain that some of our readers have seen the movie based off of Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins. In what ways does the play differ from the movie?
Dr. Doyle: There are quite a few differences. Nicholson first wrote a television script for the BBC; it was successful, so he wrote the stage version, then he adapted it for the movie with Hopkins. All three versions have different scenes and quotes from Lewis. One instance would be that in the play, the couple honeymoons in Greece, while in the movie, they go to find a place associated with Lewis’ childhood. The BBC version includes Gresham’s older son, who is left out of the play and movie versions. These are not documentaries; Nicholson changed the order of some of the events, but according to Douglas Gresham, he accurately captures the relationship between his mother, Joy, and Lewis.
Duster: While some people believe that Lewis’ relationship with Joy is the most important factor in Shadowlands, others say Lewis’ relationship with God is the major focus. How do you see these two relationships balanced in LCU’s production?
Dr. Doyle: I think Lewis learns more about God through his relationship with Joy. The play balances these by letting us see the changes in Lewis as he grows to love Joy and then mourns her death. His faith changes and matures as he experiences what he has often written and spoken about.
Duster: This is a very deep play with some challenging scenes. How have you seen the cast grow through rehearsals?
Dr. Doyle: Hunter Henzler and Kallie Clark are doing exceptional work. The supporting players are also really coming together as an ensemble. I think their talent will impress everyone.
Duster: What do you feel is the message behind Shadowlands?
Dr. Doyle: For me, it is summed up in Lewis’ words as he tells us that God does not necessarily want us to be happy, He wants us to be lovable.
Duster: Is there anything else you would like for us to know about this production?
Dr. Doyle: Please make time to come see these dedicated students perform a wonderful story about a great man.
Shadowlands will be staged in the Theatre for the Fine Arts, located in the Christian Development Center (CDC) on the LCU campus, on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, both nights at 7:30 p.m. An additional performance will take place at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 23, in conjunction with the LCU and Lanier Theological Library Lecture: C.S. Lewis and the Post Modern Generation – His Message 50 Years Later, presented by Dr. Alister McGrath.
General Admission tickets are $10 each. For more information, please call 806.720.7429.