The Mark Twain You Don't Know

Closed
2hr. 15min. (1 intermission)
Opened Mar 23, 2010
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Mark Twain died 100 years ago, yet his humour and insights remain contemporary. The Mark Twain You Don't Know is a rich mix of humor, homespun wisdom and satirical observations, performed in a one-man tour de force by Chris Wallace. Starting with Letters from the Earth, Mark Twain's version of the creation of the Universe: Satan writes letters home to his fellow archangels, telling them about this quaint little insignificant place and the "interesting fools" who populate it. 1601, A Conversation as it was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors is a ribald, bawdy romp that features characters from Elizabethan England, including Sir Walter Raleigh, Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon, Shakespeare, Elizabeth the First and others The War Prayer, written late in Mark Twain's life, puts the notion of war into a universal context, showing the other side of patriotism as the willful destruction of equally valid human life. A mini-musical version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn leads into the finale of The Autobiography of Mark Twain, with a chapter dedicated to the death of one of his two remaining daughters. The power and poignancy of this piece resonates with everyone who has ever suffered a loss.

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