The Christian Actor
Stage and Film Actor;
Director, Mirror Theatre Company
Thursday, October 26, 7:30pm
Christian actors face many challenges in the contemporary world. The arts are often looked upon by Christians with distrust; and it can be difficult for Christian artists to find contexts to sharpen and express their gifts. So much of what is written and produced for stage and film confronts both the Christian artist and audience with difficult questions of value and beauty and content. How should Christians participate in the fine arts, particularly in acting? What specifically are the challenges of being a Christian in that context? And importantly, what are the opportunities? The Trinity Symposium is very fortunate to welcome Tony Lawton to address some of these questions and, of course, also to entertain!
Tony Lawton has performed locally at, among other settings, the Wilma, Lantern, and Arden Theatres. His numerous stage credits include his adaptations of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce, which he introduced at Wheaton College in 1998. Among his film credits, he appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable (2000), Ericson Core's Invincible (2006); he has also appeared in CBS’s Hack and Cold Case. He has been a finalist for the F. Otto Haas Award for Best Emerging Artist in Philadelphia; and has been described by the Philadelphia City Paper as the "Best One-Man Theatre." His Mirror Theatre Company takes its inspiration from I Corinthians 13: 12, and has been designed as a "Spiritual theatre for a secular audience."
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