C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert

Using C.S. Lewis’ own words, award-winning actor Max McLean brings the brilliant Oxford Don to life, taking us on his extraordinary journey from hard-boiled atheist to the most reluctant convert in all England . . . only to become the most influential Christian writer of the 20th century.

“Astonishing Lucidity!”
Chicago Tribune ​​
“Bristling, Provocative, Highly Entertaining!”
Chicago Sun-Times
“Hugely Moving!”
Washington Post


Run Time:
80 minutes with no intermission. The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with Max McLean.

Age Recommendation:
Recommended for ages 13 and older. Children under age 4 not admitted.

A Note From The Producer

Audience Reactions
  • ‘Clive Staples Lewis, famously described himself as ‘the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.’ And it’s that reluctance, along with the astonishing lucidity of his prose, the open-hearted spirit of his storytelling and the exquisite rigor behind his intellect, that have combined to make C.S. Lewis pretty much EVERY ATHEIST’S FAVORITE CHRISTIAN thinker… Very many were at the packed theatre highly engaged by Max McLean.
    McLean’s UNCANNILY SPOT ON PERFORMANCE does justice to Lewis’ highly theatrical manner… McLean is not only faithful to the author’s voice, but he also achieves Lewis’ standards for meticulous detail… which has fascinated so many.
    Max McLean chronicles Lewis’ journey from determined atheist to Christian believer with such wit, grace, braininess and economy that those on either side of the ‘God spectrum’ are sure to delight in it… McLean instantly convinces you that you are in the presence of C.S. Lewis himself… you can remain an avid doubter even as you enjoy its BRISTLING, PROVOCATIVE, HIGHLY-ENTERTAINING arguments.
  • Lewis’ fiercely considered intellectual reason makes the stuffy Oxford don INTRIGUING COMPANY.

    McLean has a rich stage presence and a masterful command of timing… I found the play’s conversion account both SPIRITUALLY INVIGORATING and hugely moving.
    AMONG THE FINEST SKILLED ACTORS working in American theatre today… with subtle and self-depreciating humor… Max McLean makes subtle and complex material sizzle on stage.
  • In McLean’s BRILLIANT PORTRAYAL, Lewis’ wry sense of humor is front and center. Lewis is articulate, erudite, insightful and ABOVE ALL FUNNY. 
    McLean ‘inhabits’ Lewis…Witty, warm, erudite and very funny in a delightfully self-deprecatory way… This performance is ENTERTAINING, STIMULATING and mentally enriching.

    Lewis was a talented writer and a careful scholar. As played by McLean, he’s also a GREAT COMEDIC CHARACTER.

  • ONE TERRIFIC PIECE OF THEATER… smart, fascinating and satisfying… amazing moments on stage… McLean gives us a Lewis that immediately draws us in… We know going in how the play ends…But how the play gets there is the intriguing thing… purely as dramatic character arc, the conversion story in C.S. Lewis Onstage is captivating.
    A personable and intriguing portrait of the scholar. brainy rants, re-enacts debates with his friends… before dropping some ironic retort that LEAVES EVERYONE CHUCKLING.
    C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, opens with a riff against a cruel, indifferent and seemingly meaningless universe reminiscent of a Woody Allen monologue… McLean delivers a performance that is WORTHY OF ITS SUBJECT… a story about an immensely creative mind, arriving at the threshold of faith.

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Asheville, NC

August 2018
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