Blackbird Theater: Roger’s Version

Blackbird Theater: Roger’s Version is in the past.

Blackbird Theater, Lipscomb University’s theater-troupe-in-residence, concludes its fourth season with the first stage adaptation of “Roger’s Version,” the critically acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike, May 30-June 8, in Lipscomb's Shamblin Theatre.

Blackbird Artistic Director Wes Driver, a Lipscomb alumni, writes and directs this adaptation, having received special permission from the Updike estate. The story follows Roger Lambert, a bad-tempered divinity professor who finds his staid academic life and complacent faith challenged by the passionate ideas of Dale Kohler, a grad student who seeks to prove God’s existence through computer technology.

“I’ve been wanting to turn Roger’s Version into a play for years,” says Driver. “The struggle between science and faith is so dynamically and dramatically realized and the dialogue so clever and compelling—it’s perfect material for Blackbird and our mission to produce intellectually engaging theater.”

Log onto to purchase tickets. Shows are performed at 7:30 p.m. on May 30-31, June 4 and June 6-8. The show performs at 2:30 p.m. on June 1. Tickets cost $20 for the public and $15 for students, faculty and Lipscomb staff.