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King University News :: David Payne to Perform "An Evening with C.S. Lewis" at Paramount March 30

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 12, 2014 – C.S. Lewis and his many brilliant written works are beloved by young and old alike. On Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m., actor David Payne will bring Lewis to life during his performance, “An Evening with C.S. Lewis,” at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol, Tenn. The performance is sponsored by King University.

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 CS Lewis.”

“We are delighted to sponsor David Payne’s performance of C.S. Lewis, undoubtedly one of the greatest authors of the 20th century,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, dean of Academic Affairs and chief academic officer. “Lewis’ ability to address the intersection of Christian faith and culture in his literature ties well with King’s mission to build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.”

Payne’s “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” is set in the year is 1963. CS Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home, just outside of Oxford. They have come to hear a man whose writings have already established him as one of the most influential authors of his day; they are about to be treated to a display of powerful oratory and great humor as he recounts the significant events and the people that shaped his life.

In an entertainment review by Ian Charles in the South Florida Insider, Charles said, “For David Payne, it was a complete mastery of his theatrical gifts, but for us there was no acting. We only saw the genuine representation of CS Lewis or as friends called him; Jack. Payne's delivery, subtle movements, expressions and his uncanny ability to speak directly to you and stir you up in your seat kept you riveted and vastly entertained.”

Though British author C.S. Lewis has been dead for over 40 years, almost all his books are still in print and still enjoy considerable success. 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.” Lewis’ writings spanned a broader range of subjects. His academic books still remain essential reading for students of English literature and his novels are still best sellers. His religious books - which made him one of the 20th century’s foremost Christian Apologists - still have enormous sway. He is, however, probably best known for his classic children’s series – “The Chronicles of Narnia.” 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. Although Lewis achieved great celebrity during his own lifetime, he remained quite oblivious both to fame and fortune, most of the latter he gave away.

“An Evening with C.S. Lewis has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience for the many thousands who have attended its performances and is a fascinating and riveting insight into the life of a man whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of 20th century. A preview can be seen at

David Payne will perform “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3 p.m. One hundred tickets are available for students, faculty, and staff on a first come first serve basis. Those interested should email Leona Jennings at Two tickets per person are available. For additional ticket information, visit or call the Paramount’s ticket hotline at 423.274.8920.


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