Hello all listmembers...
First a thank you: I am a San Francisco actor who was recently cast
as the young Sam Clemens in an original play called THE GOLDEN ERA.
Based on the San Francisco newspaper of the same name, and strongly
influenced by Franklin Walker's SAN FRANCISCO'S LITERARY FRONTIER, it
chronicles Clemens, Bret Harte, Ambrose Bierce, Ina Coolbrith, and a
few others. The author, Gary Graves, PhD., is a stickler for
research, and had done a massive amount when we were presented the
draft with which we began rehearsals. However, independent research
was necessary. Daunted by the sheer scope of the subject, I
immediately turned to the 'net, and found the Forum. I have not
posted questions, but have truly enjoyed and benifited from the
discussions on this list, including the list archives. Especially
useful have been the discussions on his relationship with Bierce, and
the discussions of Twain's speech and dialect.
Now, an invitation to any of you in the San Francisco Bay Area. The
role I have been researching since April now goes before the public,
and I would invite all who enjoy Twain or the literature of the period
to see THE GOLDEN ERA. I don't want to fill up the list with an ad,
so I'll just invite you to our website
Again, thank you...
Mark A. Fossen