Performance // Reading of a new play about C.S. Lewis: “Further Up, Further In”

Thursday, April 22
5-7pm ET


Max McLean, the Artistic Director of Fellowship for Performing Arts, will perform a special reading for The Gathering of an early draft of his new script tracing C.S. Lewis’s rise from reluctant believer to the most respected and effective advocate of Christianity in the 20th century. Following Max’s dramatic reading of the script over Zoom, he will invite feedback and input from the audience to refine his writing of the final draft.

In his previous hit play, “The Most Reluctant Convert,” Max portrayed Lewis’s journey from vigorous atheist to his new life in Christ, using Lewis’s own words to tell the story. A film version of the play will be released later this year. Sharpened and propelled by a series of readings to select audiences in the early drafting of the script, Max hopes to replicate that process in his newest effort, “Further Up, Further In.”


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Max McLean is an award-winning actor and founder and artistic director of New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts. FPA produces theatre from a Christian worldview meant to engage diverse audiences. 

As a writer, Max has adapted for the stage Mark’s Gospel, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert, The Great Divorce, Genesis and Martin Luther on Trial. FPA New York productions include Paradise Lost, Shadowlands and A Man for All Seasons.

As an actor, Max created the roles of Mark in Mark’s Gospel, for which he received a Jeff Award – Chicago theatre’s highest honor, Screwtape (New York, London, national tour) and C.S. Lewis in the stage production of The Most Reluctant Convert (New York, national tour) and the upcoming film version.

His narration of The Listener’s Bible received four Audie Award nominations from the Audio Publishers Association.

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