Mark Twain Tonight!
Mark Twain was the leading satirist of his day: a precursor to the wit of Will Rogers, but with a literary twist. When he wasn't writing the quintessential American novel, Twain was often a featured speaker on tour, nightly skewering whatever nonsense was in the newspaper that day.
Samuel Clemens is long gone, but luckily the universe comes close to cloning him everytime Hal Holbrook inhabits his character on stage. In the 56 years of performing this piece, Holbrook has amassed nearly 12 hours of material on the kid from Hannibal, any eight of which are ready to be performed.
|Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain|
Given the current state of things, who knows what's in store for us this Saturday night.
It's also worth noting that this year is the 175th anniversary of Twain's birth, the 125th anniversary of the publication of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the 100th anniversary of his death. Though Twain disliked anniversaries, you can learn more about this year's events at http://www.twain2010.org/.
Denver Center Attractions presentation of Mark Twain Tonight! runs June 5th for ONE NIGHT ONLY. 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org.