POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College will host a free evening of entertainment when British actor David Payne brings a one-man performance to Poplarville.
An Evening with C.S. Lewis will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts on the Poplarville campus. The performance is an Honors Institute Lecture and is open to the public free of charge.
The play is set in 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the now-famous British author, is in the twilight of his life. Lewis is in his element as he hosts a group of American writers at his home just outside of Oxford, telling them stories of his associations, his writing, his family, his faith and his great love.
Lewis is best known for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters and The Chronicles of Narnia.
“The Honors Institute is delighted to host David Payne’s An Evening with C.S. Lewis,” said Dr. Stephen Black, Honors Institute director. “David Payne’s own London experience will aid in an understanding of the colorful author C.S. Lewis. The Honors Institute wishes to thank the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation for providing funding to make this event free to all who wish to attend.”
Thirty years after Lewis’s death, Payne won the lead role in Shadowlands at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, igniting his interest in Lewis. He adapted his first one-man play from Lewis’s book, A Grief Observed, the diary Lewis kept following his wife’s death.
Payne prepared for the play by memorizing the entire book and winnowing it to a suitable length. An Evening with C.S. Lewis grew out of question-and-answer sessions following the play.
The PRCC Honors Institute Lecture Series is funded by a grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.
Complimentary tickets can be obtained by calling 601 403-1180.
British actor David Payne portrays author C.S. Lewis in An Evening with C.S. Lewis.