‘The Screwtape Letters’ and the Battle for Your Soul



By Evy Baehr, Associate Editor

Max McLean does a wonderful performance as Screwtape in a stage version of C.S. Lewis’ book THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is a novel written in epistolary style in which the main character, Screwtape, is writing letters to his nephew, Wormwood. In the letters, Screwtape is a senior demon advising his nephew on how to win over the souls of humans so they do not recognize Jesus as Christ. Each time a human becomes a


Christian the angels in heaven rejoice, and even though Screwtape and Wormwood are in the depths of Hell, they can still hear the heavenly choir. But, Screwtape and Wormwood still work hard to put temptations into place for the humans so they can be lead astray.

Max McLean is very exciting as Screwtape, giving the character depth and passion. McLean and his team condensed C.S. Lewis’ book in order for the audience to be fully submersed into the book, yet not lose interest in a very lengthy play. The play includes key letters between Screwtape and Wormwood that show the battle in the supernatural world over the souls of mankind.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is an absolutely brilliant book by Lewis, with some very insightful comments on how the devil tries to tempt, but in the end the Lord is in control. Max McLean’s rendition is right on target and very entertaining.

McLean tours regularly across the country with the play and has recorded an audio version. For more information, please visit http://www.screwtapeonstage.com/.

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