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Performance: Mark Twain Illuminated


Armor Hall

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Explore the humor, insights and irreverence of American writer Mark Twain at this dramatic reading. An illustrious former resident of Wave Hill House, Mark Twain and his family lived here in the early 1900’s. Stephen Hamilton, who directed a memorable show about Charles Dickens at Wave Hill a few seasons ago, returns to Armor Hall with actor Victor Slezak to bring Mark Twain into focus, seamlessly knitting together excerpts from Twain’s novels, biographical snapshots, quotes from the author’s lectures and much more to capture this complex literary giant.   Christopher Cascio, an MFA  candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at Stony Brook University, serves as dramaturg; his latest piece is entitled Water Baby: A Memoir.

“As with the Charles Dickens piece” says Hamilton, “Mark Twain Illuminated is not a representation of the man, Samuel Clemens, but a celebration of his work. The words speak for themselves.” Source materials include the beloved novels The Prince and the Pauper, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc, alongside passages from quintessential yet lesser known works including The Mysterious Stranger.

Victor Slezak, a veteran of Broadway stage, film and television, is known for the research he brings to playing roles of particular power and complexity.  He is a member of the Actor’s Studio and The Ensemble Studio Theater and is on the board of the HB Playwrights Foundation. Recent guest appearances include those for television series including “Homeland,” “Blue Bloods” and “The Americans.” His film work includes “The Bridges of Madison County” and “The Devil’s Own.”  One hour, no intermission. Registration required.  Illustrious Residents event.

General Admission Tickets $32, $28 Senior, $18 child (ages 7 to 18). Wave Hill Members $22; child $12. Tickets on sale online, onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center or by calling 718.549.3200 x251.

The Mark Twain Illuminated dramatic reading is sponsored by The Mark Twain Foundation.

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