“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and “Lord of the Rings” are classical literary works that have captured the imagination and spurred the intellects of millions. Louisiana College is pleased to bring the best-selling authors of those works, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, to Pineville on February 24th as portrayed by British actors David Payne and Gordon Tett.
Payne presented a dramatic monologue at LC a year ago as C.S. Lewis and was well-received by the community. The addition of Tett as Tolkien promises to be doubly entertaining. Both Lewis and Tolkien were distinguished faculty members at Oxford University and participants in a literary group known as The Inklings. Their robust philosophical discourse served an uncommon friendship that was not without its differences. Life’s circumstances and sometimes unresolved disagreements forced an uncomfortable season of estrangement.
In “Wardrobes and Rings,” Lewis and Tolkien meet for one last visit, tempered by thawing humor, confession, and reconciliation. Both Payne and Tett are reviewed as superb in their roles as the literary giants. Payne gives a performance closer to surviving voice recordings from his real-life counterpart, but Tett is the more egocentric and irascible Tolkien. They give a good impression of the initial frostiness between estranged friends, but their affection for each other also comes across powerfully, and, by the end, there is likely to be a lump in your throat.
The doors to LC’s Martin Performing Arts Center open at 2:00pm, when $10.00 general admission tickets go on sale. “Wardrobes and Rings” starts at 3:00pm.