Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-09-28

Samford University Theatre will present Shadowlands Oct. 6-9 in Samford's Harrison Theatre. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.

William Nicholson's hit play depicts the love story of American poet Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis, famed Oxford don, Anglican theologian and author of The Chronicles of Narnia.

The introduction of Davidman and her young son into Lewis' life shatters his smug convictions about God and his plan for the world, and challenges him to confront love and pain in the flesh.

Lewis, who died in 1963, was selected by Christian History magazine as one of the 10 most important Christians of the 20th century. The author of more than 30 books, he was a professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford University and later at Cambridge University.

The Samford production features student actors Natalie Saxon of Atlanta, Ga., as Joy Davidman and Matt Godfrey of Hoover as C.S. Lewis. David Coley of Germantown, Tenn., is the student director.

Tickets are $8 adults, $7 senior citizens and $5 students/children. For reservations, call the Samford Theatre box office at (205) 726-2853.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.