AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS Comes to Montalvo In Saratoga

Renowned actor David Payne will portray author C.S. Lewis in "An Evening with C.S. Lewis," presented by the Montalvo Arts Center as part of its ongoing Carriage House Concert Series. In this delightful evening, the novelist, poet, essayist, academic, literary critic, and broadcaster has agreed to host a group of curious Americans in his simple house outside Oxford. What ensues is an enthralling performance that has captivated audiences worldwide. Full of humor, this dramatic solo shows offers a fascinating and highly entertaining insight into the man who penned more than 30 works including The Screwtape Letters, The Space Trilogy, and The Chronicles of Narnia. This performance will offer special resonance to attendees of the Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light exhibit, which was inspired by Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. "An Evening with C.S. Lewis" will be presented 7:30pm, Thursday, March 14 at the Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga. For tickets ($40 Reserved, $45 Premier) or more information, the public may visit www.montalvoarts.org or call 408-961-5858.

David Payne's career started when he landed the lead role of C.S. Lewis in a 1996 production of Shadowlands. Since then, Payne has played the famous author in more than 700 performances, winning him countless accolades and thrilling thousands of viewers. Payne has written plays inspired by the life and writings of C.S. Lewis, such as Target Practice, St. Jack & The Dragon, and Lewis and Tolkien: of Wardrobes & Rings. His other works include Relative Surprise, Prisoner of Passion, and Weep for Joy, all of which were originally produced by Payne's theatrical company, Rising Image.

For nearly 60 years, Montalvo Arts Center's Carriage House Theatre Concert Series has presented world-class talent in an intimate indoor setting, becoming a treasured series for performing arts fans in Silicon Valley. Housed in the 316-seat Claire Loftus Carriage House Theatre, the series features a diverse array of artists from a variety of genres from classical to jazz to R&B, rock, plus theatre, comedy, and more. Guests have the option to arrive early and mingle in Montalvo's Project Space ArtBar, where wine, beer, and other beverages are available for purchase before the show.

Montalvo Arts Center is a donor-supported nonprofit institution, whose mission is to engage the public in the creative process, acting as a catalyst for exploring the arts, unleashing creativity, and advancing different cultural and cross-cultural perspectives. Located in Silicon Valley's Saratoga Hills, Montalvo occupies a Mediterranean-style Villa, built in 1912 by Senator James Duval Phelan, surrounded by 175 stunning acres. Senator Phelan bequeathed the Villa and grounds to the people of California for the encouragement of art, music, literature, and architecture, a mandate Montalvo has carried forward ever since its founding. The grounds include the campus of the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program (LAP), the Claire Loftus Carriage House Theatre, and the Lillian Fontaine Garden Theatre, as well as miles of hiking trails, terraces, gardens, and other picturesque public areas.

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WHAT: Renowned actor David Payne will portray author C.S. Lewis in "An Evening with C.S. Lewis," presented by the Montalvo Arts Center as part of its ongoing Carriage House Concert Series. In this delightful evening, the novelist, poet, essayist, academic, literary critic, and broadcaster has agreed to host a group of curious Americans in his simple house outside Oxford. What ensues is an enthralling performance that has captivated audiences worldwide. Full of humor, this dramatic solo shows offers a fascinating and highly entertaining insight into the man who penned more than 30 works including The Screwtape Letters, The Space Trilogy, and The Chronicles of Narnia. This performance will offer special resonance to attendees of the Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light exhibit, which was inspired by Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.

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