CS Lewis Celebrated in Stage Presentation

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Payne David actor as C.S. Lewis225Actor David Payne as CS LewisScholar, author and theologian C.S. Lewis comes to life in a stage production coming to Muskegon’s Beardsley Theater on Sunday December 14.

Tickets are now on sale for “A Christmas With C.S. Lewis” featuring actor and Lewis impersonator David Payne. (Details below).

Payne captures the spirit of Lewis in this one-man show, drawing from the author’s extensive books, journals and memoirs to humorously yet profoundly share his insights.

Clive Staples Lewis’ legacy stretches through the mid 20th Century and beyond with books such as “The Screwtape Letters,” “Mere Christianity,” and of course, the entire “Chronicles of Narnia” series – all of which are still selling well to the present day.

                                                  THE LEWIS CONNECTION
The setting for the stage play is the Lewis home outside Oxford, England in 1962. The famous author is hosting a group of American writers, who has gathered to hear his recollections and influences as he moves toward the end of his life (Lewis died the following year).

Included are some of his thoughts on the Christmas holiday.

The script and Payne’s portrayal offer a platform to showcase Lewis’ skills of the written as well as the spoken word.

The England-born Payne first got the Lewis “bug” when he auditioned for a part in a Nashville, Tenn. production of the play “Shadowlands,” which tells Lewis’ life story. (A 1993 movie version starred Anthony Hopkins in the lead role).

The successful production led Payne to a permanent connection with the legacy of Lewis. The actor developed and staged versions of various of Lewis’ works, including the book “A Grief Observed.”

Payne received so many questions about Lewis that he also developed several one-man shows with himself portraying the celebrated figure, who was known to his friends as simply “Jack.”

The Details:

“A Christmas With CS Lewis”
2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 14
Beardsley Theater in The Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, 427 W. Western Ave. Muskegon
Tickets: $31 at the box office, additional fee for phone or web sales. $10 discount for children and seniors, $15 for groups of 10 or more. Limited VIP tickets at $41, which includes a meet and greet prior to show. Available via www.startickets.com, 800.585.3737. Theater box office phone 231-727-8001.
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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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