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Announcing our 2015 Season:


Out of the Shadows
by Robert Harling

February 13 and 14 at 8 pm
February 15 at 2 pm
At the E.E. Bach Theater at Seattle Pacific University

Tickets are $15 general admission and $8 for students, and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets, or call 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006

What people are saying about Megan Becker as Joy Davidman Lewis and the new play, Out of the Shadows:
"Megan was mesmerizing. She was Joy and it came through. I have been blessed to attend some great theatre productions over the past few years in major cities, and (this) performance was equal to all of them."

Press Release:

The West Coast premier from Seattle's UPAC Theatre Group, in cooperation with Seattle Pacific University and The Lion's Share Theatre (Spokane)

UPAC Theatre Group, in cooperation with Seattle Pacific University, will present the West Coast premier of Out of the Shadows, a one woman show on Joy Davidman Lewis, wife of the famous English writer and speaker C. S. Lewis. The play will be performed February 13 and 14 at 8:00 p.m. and February 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre at Seattle Pacific University.

With his face on the cover of Time Magazine in 1947, C. S. Lewis became an international celebrity who went on to become even more famous as the author of the beloved children's classics, The Chronicles of Narnia. As a confirmed bachelor, Lewis never married until he met Joy Davidman in the 1950s. Lewis wrote that the love he had been denied in his twenties he found in his sixties. That love was the outspoken American who changed his life as few had done. Their love story has been widely seen in the play and major motion picture, Shadowlands. The life of Joy Davidman, however, is little known beyond her marriage to Lewis.

Out of the Shadows tells the story of this remarkable woman. Born into a Jewish family, Joy was an atheist and Communist in her youth. She was also one of the United States' most promising young writers of the 1930s, often put in the company of such luminaries as Robert Frost. In the midst of a troubled marriage and general dissatisfaction with life, she experienced a life-changing spiritual encounter and became a Christian.

Out of the Shadows is a production that Joan Quall Becker has worked on for many years. She and her husband Jim are excited to bring this play to the Seattle area. Joan first became interested in Joy many years ago while doing her doctoral dissertation on C.S. Lewis. She discovered that Joy was the inspiration for 'Till We Have Faces', the work Lewis considered to be his finest. Joan agreed, which led to a lifelong study of Joy and her influence on Lewis. Joan originally conceived of the play as a vehicle for herself but found she had outgrown the possibility of playing the young Joy. The Seattle Production will be directed by Sue Beckman, founder and artistic director of UPAC Theatre Group.

Joy Davidman in this production will be played by Seattle based actress, singer and dancer, Megan Becker. Megan is the daughter of Joan and her husband, Jim. Megan is a graduate of the Actor's Studio, New School for Drama in New York City and has performed widely around the Pacific Northwest in recent years.

Tickets for the production are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

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