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Alan Kitty <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:21:19 -0400
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On Mar 19, 2014, at 12:09 PM, Mark Dawidziak wrote:

> Today marks the 60th anniversary of "Mark Twain Tonight!" The very first 
> performance of this remarkable one-man show was on March 19, 1954, at 
> the State Teachers College in Lockhaven, Pennsylvania. At 89, the 
> amazing Hal Holbrook still regularly performs the show that he 
> constantly reshapes and revises to keep relevant.
>      Hal estimates that he has gone through about 16 hours of Twain 
> material during these 60 years. Since 1975, I've seen "Mark Twain 
> Tonight!" about 12 times, and I've never seen the same show twice. So, a 
> round of applause, please, for one of the greatest achievements in 
> theater history and one of the most important and influential slices of 
> Mark Twain scholarship. I long ago lost count of how many Twain scholars 
> and biographers have told me that they got fired up about Twain by 
> seeing this show performed live or when CBS broadcast it on March 6, 
> 1967 (30 million people watched that night).
>     He always has been generous in crediting and celebrating the work 
> of Twain scholars. "You are the teachers," he told the assembled Twain 
> "family" in 2009. Let us be generous in recognizing how much his efforts 
> have meant to us.
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Alan Kitty
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