Shadowlands, a Love Street Playhouse production, to play Oct. 29-Nov. 7 at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Longview

Story by William Nicholson reveals in snapshot scenes the telling of this true story about one of the greatest writers and minds of his century, C.S. Lewis

Love Street Playhouse reopens with Shadowlands by William Nicholson playing Oct. 29 – Nov. 7 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview. Single tickets are $22 and are on sale now at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com.

Shadowlands plays at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Longview. The performance is produced by Love Street Playhouse of Woodland. (From left) Melinda Pallotta plays Joy Davidman and Lou Pallotta plays the famed Narnia writer C.S. Lewis. Photo by John Zhang
Shadowlands plays at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Longview. The performance is produced by Love Street Playhouse of Woodland. (From left) Melinda Pallotta plays Joy Davidman and Lou Pallotta plays the famed Narnia writer C.S. Lewis. Photo by John Zhang

“I’ve come up against a bit of experience lately. Experience can be a brutal teacher, but you learn fast” as quoted by CS Lewis during the production. How poetic and timely is this expressed against the backdrop of the last 18 months? 

“There are so many great takeaways from this story that it makes the decision to present Shadowlands as our first foray back into the world, perfectly timed and ominously true for this time in our lives,’’ said Love Street Playhouse owner Melinda Pallotta.

This story by William Nicholson, reveals in snapshot scenes the telling of this true story about one of the greatest writers and minds of his century, C.S. Lewis (played by Lou Pallotta), and his falling in love later in life with New York writer and poet, Joy Davidman (played by Melinda Pallotta). 

Lewis is best known for his children’s books about the adventures in Narnia and as one of the greatest Christian apologists of his time. Joy Davidman, whose life saw many twists and turns, “born a Jew, becoming a communist than converting to Christianity” makes the journey, their meeting and falling in love one of the most compelling love stories of our time.

The story is promised to open your heart to the challenges of growing up worlds apart. Both Lewis and Davidman come from atheism to Christianity and find each other through words on a page. Enlightened and filled with hope, this is considered a powerful story to see and to experience. The compelling words and story offer support for all who have suffered loss during these most difficult few months.

Lou Pallotta plays Narnia writer C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands coming Oct. 29 – Nov. 7 to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, produced by Love Street Playhouse of Woodland, WA. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com. Photo by John Zhang
Lou Pallotta plays Narnia writer C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands coming Oct. 29 – Nov. 7 to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, produced by Love Street Playhouse of Woodland, WA. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com. Photo by John Zhang

“Everything we do at Love Street Playhouse involves people, in close contact; from actors to staff and finally to our patrons who come to our intimate space to feel connected,” says Lou Pallotta. “Without being able to connect, we are lost. Choosing to move our production to the Columbia Theatre allows everyone the opportunity to choose their seats with the ability to safely distance – a luxury we don’t normally have in our intimate venue. We are grateful to now have the opportunity to share this story with others at the beautiful Columbia Theatre.”

Director David Bareford has assembled a cast of seasoned veterans for this beloved and moving true story. Lou and Melinda Pallotta, owners of Love Street Playhouse and husband-wife team, will play C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, Michael McElliott of Longview will play Major Lewis, Larry E. Fox of Longview plays Christopher Riley. Also in the cast playing multiple roles include Henry Lorch of Vancouver, Lorraine Little of Longview, Dave Cavallaro of Woodland and introducing Amelia Bareford playing the role of Douglas.

The creative team includes David Bareford of Woodland (director), Love Street Playhouse owner and Artistic Director Melinda Pallotta (producer), Love Street Owner Lou Pallotta (managing director), Mikail Nordquist of Longview (lighting design), Dave Cavallaro (sound design), Melissa Vickery-Bareford (set design), Lorraine Little of Longvivew (costume design) and Alisa Brossia (production stage manager and props designer).

Shadowlands by William Nicholson. The beloved true story of Narnia writer C.S. Lewis’ (played by Lou Pallotta) life-changing relationship with New York poet Joy Davidman (played by Melinda Pallotta). Playing at the Columbia Theater for the Performing Arts in Longview and produced by Love Street Playhouse. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com or by calling (800) 966-8865. Photo by John Zhang
Shadowlands by William Nicholson. The beloved true story of Narnia writer C.S. Lewis’ (played by Lou Pallotta) life-changing relationship with New York poet Joy Davidman (played by Melinda Pallotta). Playing at the Columbia Theater for the Performing Arts in Longview and produced by Love Street Playhouse. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com or by calling (800) 966-8865. Photo by John Zhang

Single tickets to Shadowlands start at $22 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LoveStreetPlayhouse.com or by phone at (800) 966-8865. Performances run Oct. 29 through Nov. 7. Performance times: Fri., Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 30 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 31 at 2 p.m., Fri., Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 6 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. All patrons will be socially distanced and masked to help mitigate the spread of this virus. Seating is assigned.

Local business sponsors and advertisers contributing to Love Street Playhouse include Holland America Flowers, Benno Dobbe of Woodland, Columbia Bank, Mapleridge House AirBnB of Woodland, Topper Industries, Lewis River Studios of Woodland, Third Street Villas of Woodland, Business Cents NW of Vancouver, the Port of Woodland, Woodland Truck Line, Woodland Funeral Home, Erica Rodman of Woodland Real Estate, Columbia River Carbonates, The Last Frontier Casino, Lelooska Foundation, Woodland Care Center, B Crisp Home Inspections, and State Farm Insurance.

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