Shadowlands The Story
Especially with Hollywood bringing the beloved “Chronicles of Narnia” to the big screen, most people are at least peripherally aware of C.S. Lewis as the creator of a beloved world of talking beasts and grand adventure. Some might even know the man behind the childrens’ books as a witty and erudite theologian and academic. Fewer still are aware of the man who found love late in life in a way that would ultimately challenge both his understanding of himself, and his faith in God.
Lewis’ deep entrenchment in the role of a quintessential Oxford don—the brilliant, slightly-absent-minded professor in the male-dominated academic world—is shaken by the unexpected arrival of an American fan. In her own way, Joy Gresham epitomizes everything that Lewis is not: brash and forward, prone to questioning everything, experienced in both love and loss. Their developing attraction to each other is a complex process that must work through his inability to understand the essence of intimate emotional connection, and through her experiences of deeply loving emotionally-unavailable men. Yet somehow these two unlikely soulmates manage to find those rare points of connection that allow love to root, and grow in such a way that when tragedy strikes, something transcendent and greater than either of them remains.
About Ten Bare Toes
We are an amateur theatre company based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario that performs for the sheer joy of entertaining an audience.
Anita has been involved in community theatre for over 30 years as actor, director, stage manager, producer and many behind the scenes positions. She has worked with a number of theatre companies in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for the past 20 years – KWLT, Waterloo Stage, Upstage Productions and FASS at the University of Waterloo. She has produced a number of shows with Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre and thanks them for the opportunity to learn & find her courage to start producing her own plays. Directed for TenBareToes: The Odd Couple (April 2011), The Taming of the Shrew (July 2010); for KWLT: The Three Musketeers (July 2008), What the Butler Saw (2006) .