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February 17, 2013 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am
Carrollwood Cultural Center
4537 Lowell Road
Tampa, FL 33618
Carrollwood Cultural Center
(813) 269-1310
  1. [singlepic id=286 w=320 h=240 float=]The year is 1963 and C. S. Lewis, the famous British author, is in the twilight years of his life.  Following a request from his great friend, J.R.R. Tolkien, he has agreed to give an informal talk to a group of American writers who are visiting England. They have come to Lewis’ home, just outside of Oxford, and are eagerly anticipating hearing the man who has become a legend in his own lifetime.  They are not disappointed. Despite his failing health, Lewis is in great form. His audience is spellbound as, with a display of oratory and humor that made him one of England’s most famous public speakers, he recounts the significant events and the people that shaped his life.

An Evening with C. S. Lewis is a drama production that has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience for the many thousands who have attended its performances over the last 8 years.  When it was aired on the Dish Network it drew an enormous response and currently a number of TV companies are in negotiations to air it during their 2012 season.  Full of humor, it is a fascinating and enthralling insight into the life of a man who became a legend in his own lifetime and who journeyed from atheism to Christianity to become one of the great champions of the Christian faith.  Few Christians have been able to appeal to both believers and non believers in the way Lewis has and his high profile, even more enhanced by the Narnia Chronicles movies, makes An Evening with C. S. Lewis an event that appeals to the whole community.

About David Payne

British actor, David Payne, has gained a considerable reputation for his portrayals of the famous author C.S. Lewis.    He has played Lewis in a number of productions of Shadowlands, in his self-penned Weep for Joy and in numerous presentations of his much acclaimed one-man show An Evening with C. S. Lewis.   The first Lewis book Payne read was the Screwtape Letters and it was this book that inspired him to pen his first musical, Target Practice.  Setin the Academy of Fiends, this energetic show features a cantankerous professor (Payne) tutoring some junior fiends on the art of tripping up humans (Targets).   His latest stage show based on Lewis is his self penned St Jack & The Dragon, a touching story about Lewis and his adopted mother.  After completing the audio version of a new Bible translation, he was commissioned to write a play as part of its launch.  He chose to focus on the Apostle Paul and wrote Prisoner of Passion which is fast becoming one of his most sought after productions.    His DVD productions include An Evening with C. S. Lewis, Prisoner of Passion, Target Practice and Relative Surprise which was shot on location in England.    Payne continues to tour throughout the U.S. and U.K. and when he is not touring he is either writing or filming.   He is married with two sons and three grand children.

About C. S. Lewis

Though British author C. S. Lewis has been dead for more than 40 years, almost all his books are still in print and most sell better than they have ever done.   He was a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, and both authors – arguably two of the most successful of the 20th century – wrote all their books in their “spare time.”   Tolkien’s output was primarily limited to the Silmarillion, out of which came The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Lewis’ writings spanned a broad range of subjects. His academic books still remain essential reading for students of English literature and his novels continue to sell in their thousands. His Christian books – which made him one of the 20th century’s foremost Christian Apologists – still have enormous sway.   However, he is probably best known for his classic children’s series – The Chronicles of Narnia. First launched in 1950 with publication of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, all seven books remain among today’s best-selling children’s books.  Three of these have been turned into blockbuster movies.

Apart from his undoubted gifts as a writer, Lewis was also a powerful orator, evidenced by the fact that his Oxford lectures were always over-subscribed.   He was a regular broadcaster on the BBC and came to be recognized as one of the great intellects of his day.   Yet, for all his intellectual prowess, he always retained a great capacity for simplicity and humor, never really losing his irresistible propensity for “boyish” fun.  Although Lewis became a legend in his own lifetime, he remained quite oblivious both to fame and fortune, most of which he gave away.

ADVANCED TICKETS: $20 members / $24 non-members / $22 students

DAY-OF-SHOW: $22 members / $26 non-members / $24 students