Tue, 22 Apr 2008 13:10:26 -0400
If you're looking for a scholarly and insightful study of "Mark
Twain and the Stage," you can do no better than Shelley Fisher Fishkin's
essay in "A Companion to Mark Twain" (edited by Peter Messent and Louis
J. Budd, Blackwell Publishing). Shelley also covers this territory in
engaging fashion in her foreword, afterword and notes to the University
of California Press published version of "Is He Dead? A Comedy in Three
Acts" (2003). Together, these works give a thorough assessment of Twain
and the stage during the writer's lifetime.
Kent Rasmussen's "Mark Twain A to Z" and the expanded two-volume
"Mark Twain: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work" (Facts on File,
2007) contain several references that cover both the stage works during
Twain's life and later adaptations.
I'm not aware of any single work that lists and discuss such later
adaptations as the Rodgers and Hart "Connecticut Yankee," the Adam and
Eve segment of "The Apple Tree," David Birney's adaptation of "The
Diaries of Adam and Eve," Roger Miller's Tony-winning "Big River" and
the recent attempt to turn Tom Sawyer into a musical. Such a study
certainly would be extremely valuable.
Alex Effgen wrote:
> Given Holbrook's recent tour of New England, and the successful run
> of "Is He Dead?" I wonder what study has been made of Twain or his
> works adapted for the stage both during his life and after. Is there
> an easy reference list of his work adapted? Has this been discussed?