From the award-winning audio drama team that brought you Radio Theatre’s "Amazing Grace" and The Chronicles of Narnia. In his enduringly popular masterpiece "The Screwtape Letters, " C. S. Lewis re-imagines Hell as a gruesome bureaucracy. With spiritual insight and wry wit, Lewis suggests that demons, laboring in a vast enterprise, have horribly recognizable human attributes: competition, greed, and totalitarian punishment. Avoiding their own painful torture as well as a desire to dominate are what drive demons to torment their “patients.” The style and unique dark humor of "The Screwtape Letters "are retained in this full-cast dramatization, as is the original setting of London during World War II. The story is carried by the senior demon Screwtape played magnificently by award-winning actor Andy Serkis (“Gollum” in Lord of the Rings) as he shares correspondence to his apprentice demon Wormwood. All 31 letters lead into dramatic scenes, set in either Hell or the real world with humans—aka “the patient,” as the demons say—along with his circle of friends and family. This Radio Theatre release also stars Geoffrey Palmer ("Tomorrow Never Dies"), Laura Michelle Kelly ("Sweeney Todd"), Eileen Page ("The Secret Garden"), and other world-class actors. Includes 10 new songs inspired by the classic book, four behind-the-scenes video documentary featurettes, and a 5.1 surround sound mix. Four CDs, approx. 4 hours total.
About the Author
C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. A Fellow and tutor at Oxford until 1954, he spent the rest of his career as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, inlcuding The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy.
Paul McCusker is the Peabody Award-winning writer and director of the audio drama "Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom" and of the multiple award-winning audio dramatizations of "The Chronicles of Narnia", "Les Miserables", "A Christmas Carol", "Little Women, "and his original series "The Luke Reports" (just nominated for the Audie Awards' Best Audio Drama) and" The Father Gilbert Mysteries "(also nominated for the Audie Awards' best production award)".
"He is also a writer and director for the long-running children's program "Adventures in Odyssey, "writing not only over 250 audio episodes, but also scripting two of the animated video series and eighteen spin-off novels. For adults, McCusker has written the Gold Medallion-nominated "Epiphany, The Mill House, "and "A Season of Shadows". His plays and musicals have been performed in community theatres across the country--one, "A Time for Christmas", was a Dove Award" "nominee. McCusker currently has over thirty books in print, including the TSI series he is co-authoring with Walt Larimore, MD. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
DAVE ARNOLD is executive producer for Focus on the Family Radio Theatre and Adventures in Odyssey (AIO). As one of the original members of the AIO staff, Mr. Arnold has been involved in every facet of the radio drama process, including sound design (over 150 episodes of AIO), writing, directing, voice-over, and production (Radio Theatre's