The Unlikely, True Love Story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman

The smart, brash Joy bursts into Lewis’ sedate, middle-aged life and upends it. Lewis is as shocked as anyone to discover that he and Joy have fallen deeply in love – and then almost immediately he must contend with the equally deep pain of losing her when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Funny, poignant and insightful, Shadowlands — also an Oscar®-winning film — is a moving portrait of love and loss, faith and doubt, as inspired by Lewis’ own A Grief Observed.

Run time:
2 hours and 15 minutes including one 15 minute intermission.

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

A Scene from Shadowlands at the Acorn Theatre
Behind the Scenes with Daniel Gerroll & Robin Abramson
  • “Mr. Gerroll and Ms. Abramson are APPEALING COMIC ACTORS, smartly restrained and surrounded by a STRONG COMPANY!”


    “IT DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER than Gerroll as C.S. Lewis…THE EXCELLENT ROBIN ABRAMSON is well-matched.”


    “Of the 10 plays I saw last week, Shadowlands was BY FAR THE BEST.”

    In The Aisle

  • “A THOUGHTFUL AND SATISFYING REVIVAL…Under Christa Scott-Reed’s direction, the EXCEPTIONAL CAST catches every nuance of this fine play.”

    The New Yorker

    “BEAUTIFULLY ACTED by Gerroll and Abramson and directed with quiet sympathy by Christa Scott-Reed, the production has the effect of a prayer delivered tenderly and even humorously.”

    Huffington Post

    “SHADOWLANDS blends the lightness and humor of a good romantic comedy with just enough theological depth to ENGAGE THE INTELLECT.”

    National Review

  • “FPA is like a breath of fresh air… Shadowlands deals with the mystery of human suffering…I can imagine many enthusiastic discussions that the play might provoke.”

    The Tablet,
    Catholic News & Opinion

Cast & Creative

Major W. H. Lewis  "warnie"
John C. Vennema
Prof. Christopher Riley
Sean Gormley
Rev. Harry Harrington
(understudy For C.S. Lewis)
Dan Kremer
Nurse, Registrar, (understudy For Joy Davidman)
Stephanie Cozart
Dr. Oakley, Waiter, Clerk, Priest
Daryll Heysham
Alan Gregg, Doctor
Jacob H. Knoll
Jack Mccarthy
Jacob Morrell
Amy Bizjak
John Little
Scenic Design
Kelly James Tighe
Costume Design
Michael Bevins
Lighting Design
Aaron Spivey
Original Music
& Sound Design
John Gromada
Executive Producer
Ken Denison
Christa Scott-Reed