An evening with C.S. Lewis

  • Friday, November 1, 2013

Few authors of fantasy literature are as beloved as C.S. Lewis and on Nov. 17, 6 p.m., at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville, the public will have an opportunity to see one of Great Britain’s renowned actors, Howard Burnham, present an original performance to honor the ongoing legacy of the celebrated Irish scholar and writer.

C.S. Lewis died 50 year ago on November 22, an historic date mostly remembered by the death of President John Kennedy.

“An Evening with C.S. Lewis” is an original work by Burnham, based on Lewis’ own delivery to a party of American tourist visiting Magdalen College, Oxford in 1952. The presentation will also include readings from three of Lewis’ most revered works - Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters and The Chronicles of Narnia, which Time magazine hailed - along with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - as one of the top 100 English language novels written in the twentieth century.

Burnham’s performance will include Lewis’ own personal testimony of how he came to Faith. “People the world over know about C.S. Lewis and have read many of his books,” Rev. John Scott, Asst. Rector at St. Paul’s, said, “but few have heard the story of his own walk with the Lord and his eventual popularity as a Christian Apologist.”

The one-man show will benefit Pass the Legacy (http://passthelegacy.wordpress.com/), a ministry designed to increase the health of relationships between grandparents, grown children and grand children in order to raise up their generation to know and serve Jesus Christ. According to Rev. Scott, proceeds will help the organization underwriting and publish conference materials such as a handbook entitled: Leaders of Legacy: A League of Courageous Grand Parents and Grown Parents.

The presentation at St. Paul’s will be Burnham’s first performance of C.S. Lewis in South Carolina. He will have two more performances, both in Columbia. Although he now resides in Los Angeles, Burnham is quite popular in the Low Country.

This is his third one-man show at St. Pauls; in 2011 he portrayed Lord Cornwallis and in 2012, Charles Dickens.

St. Paul’s Church, 110 Gadsden Street, Summerville. $20 donation – To reserve tickets or more information call: 843-991-0152

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