“Auditions for Shadowlands, British accents a help!” So read an advert for this theatrical production to be staged at Nashville’s prestigious Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in 1996. Payne, who had never been on stage before but who did have a British accent decided to audition hoping for a minor part. He staggered everybody (including himself) when he won the lead role of British author C.S. Lewis. Though he did not know it at the time, a successful acting career had been launched! During rehearsals for "Shadowlands" Payne was given a copy of "A Grief Observed," Lewis’s diary of grief following the death of his American wife, Joy. Captivated by the brutal honesty of a man bearing his soul, Payne memorized the whole book and then adapted it into a one-man show which he toured extensively throughout the U.S. Following these performances, Payne was very often peppered with lots of questions about C.S. Lewis. He was always very happy to answer these questions and then one day, a thought struck him. “Wouldn’t it be fun if Lewis himself could answer these questions.” That’s when he wrote "An Evening with C.S. Lewis," basing the show around the questions that people kept asking and the pivotal occurrences in Lewis’s life. Now it has become David Payne's flagship production with over 500 performances. Payne brings his "Evening with C.S. Lewis" to the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, Sunday Nov. 12 for an afternoon show at 4:00pm. Tickets are $20, or $37.50 for a VIP ticket which includes a pre-show High Tea and a meet-and-greet with actor David Payne.