You may have seen her around campus. Last month, VTS hosted writer Amber Noel as a Dean's Scholar to work on an adaptation of one of C.S. Lewis’s science fiction novels for the stage.* Perelandra is an imaginative retelling of the Garden of Eden story set on the planet Venus. It deals directly with theological themes: anthropology, epistemology, doctrine of creation, salvation, and the “last things” — to name a few. “The summer has been a gift,” said Noel. “This is a project I hope can be useful to the church and the arts community, and to building bridges between the two.”
Josh Paget, a former theatre director in L.A. and now an M.Div. student, set up a reading for Noel with local actors and theatre professionals. “We sat around with snacks and drinks and had a lot of fun getting a feel for the characters and for what comes next in the editing process. All the actors were new to the book, but they all wanted to read more. It was extremely encouraging!” said Noel.
She also thanks VTS library for the excellent study carrel and conversation, and the Flamingo for providing way-above-average drip coffee.
*The play is still in progress and has not yet been approved, nor rights released, by the CS Lewis Company Ltd.