Oklahoma Christian University invites the community to spend an evening with C.S. Lewis on Oct. 24.
OC’s theater program hosted Payne four years ago, and again in 2010 for the world premiere of his show, “A Christmas with C.S. Lewis.”
Originally from Britain, Payne specializes in works that present the life and writings of Lewis. Set in 1963, the play portrays Lewis as he gives an informal talk to a group of Americans visiting England. With poignancy and humor, he recounts the people and events that shaped his life.
“As someone who has performed across the globe, David Payne embodies the commitment to excellence that professional theater demands,” said Barrett Huddleston, assistant professor of communication at Oklahoma Christian. “His shows demonstrate how people of faith can make an impact in the world through art.”
OC’s students will also benefit from Payne’s visit to campus. He will lead a performance workshop Thursday afternoon.
“Having Payne lead a workshop is very beneficial to our students,” Huddleston said. “They are strongly interested in seeing how his faith guides his performances.”
Communication professor Phil Reagan, Huddleston’s colleague in the theater program, agreed.
“Lewis was such an influential thinker, and his works have had a profound impact on the academic world,” said Reagan.
Admission is $10, and tickets can be ordered online at http://bit.ly.oclewis or by calling the box office at (405) 425-6310. All events are suitable for ages 10 and up.
One method students on campus are using to build awareness for Payne’s performance is through a public reading of the entire “Chronicles of Narnia.” Led by OC’s theater honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, the students began Monday at noon and expect to finish by Tuesday evening. The event takes place in room 234 in the Mabee Learning Center.