Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mark Twain Happenings from Shakespeare on the Lawn to Twain on the River



As You Like It by William Shakespeare will be performed by the world-renowned tragi-comedians The Castle Theatre Company of Durham University, UK on the lawn at the Mark Twain House Saturday, Sept.r 14 from 2 to 4 pm.

Bringeth lawn furniture and blankets! Rain or shine! Ree Will (Shakespeare) offerings accepted.

Castle Theatre Company is one of the oldest theatre companies in Durham University. Set amidst the grounds of Durham's beautiful and ancient Castle, part of the city's World Heritage Site, the company has produced theatre of the highest quality for three decades. The company holds strong to a tradition of producing a 'Summer Shakespeare' performance, which offers outdoor theatrical entertainment in the gardens of Durham Castle, before embarking on a national tour to some of England's finest stately homes and large estates to perform to audiences across the country and around the world.

Take a Ride on the Essex Steam Train, Riverboat with Mark Twain this Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, Mark Twain will create a unique experience, riding along and interacting with visitors on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat in Essex, CT.

Mark Twain, one of Connecticut's most famous residents, will visit the train and riverboat to do what he does best - entertain crowds with storytelling and humor. Always with a smile, always with wit, Mr. Twain plans to make the "Passengers from the Past" experience fun and exciting. A tip for your ride aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat: be sure to ask Mr. Twain about the Tom Sawyer character the riverboat is named after.

The "Passengers from the Past" experience is new to the Essex Steam Train this year, and is designed to take passengers back in time alongside popular historic figures. Prior "riders" included President Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, as well as William & Helen Gillette. The special passengers are personified by some of the most renowned historic figure actors in the country. Visitors will get to spend quality time on the steam train and riverboat with some of the most interesting people in history. There are no additional fees for the "Passengers from the Past" experience.

Info here: http://www.essexsteamtrain.com/passengers.html.
Tom Lee

GILGAMESH: Love, Death & Power in Ancient Iraq
A reckless king seeks to become immortal and confronts all that it means to be human. What happens next in this thrilling epic -- Gilgamesh: Love Death & Power in Ancient Iraq -- will be relayed with consummate skill by Master-Storyteller-in-Residence Tom Lee Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 pm. It's the first of an adult trio of "Grown-Up Storytime" appearances by the noted storyteller for adults, who has thrilled audiences at the museum in past years. 

Admission is $15; 90 minutes, not suitable for children.

An additional program ("Prince Ring" on Dec. 15) is suitable for children ages 7 and up! ($6). Tickets:
860-280-3130. 

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