Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:21:19 -0400
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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