Event Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event Venue: Barter Theatre
Ticket price (advance): $12
Ticket price (door): $12, free for students
Mark Dawidziak and his wife Sara Showman will present Twain By Two, a selection of material drawn from various works by Mark Twain, at the Barter Theatre on Wednesday, August 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, free for students, and can be booked by calling the Barter Theatre Box Office at 276-628-3991.
This one-act production includes excerpts from Huckleberry Finn and “Eve’s Diary,” as well as sections on “Curing a Cold” and politics. Dawidziak plays Twain and Showman, a Johnson City native, plays a variety of characters in Twain By Two.
Dawidziak lived in Bristol for five years (1979-83), during which he covered the Barter Theatre as arts editor of, first, the Bristol Herald Courier, then the Kingsport Times-News. His first book, The Barter Theatre Story: Love Made Visible, was published in 1982.
Currently the television critic at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dawidziak has been portraying Twain on stage for more than 35 years. He is one of only two Mark Twain impersonators who have been officially sanctioned by Hal Holbrook to perform his Mark Twain show.
Dawidziak has written 20 books over his career, including Mark My Words: Mark Twain on Writing and Horton Foote’s The Shape of the River: The Lost Teleplay About Mark Twain.
Specializing in faithful adaptations of great literary works, the couple founded Largely Literary Theater Company in 2001 to promote literacy, literature and live theater. The troupe is also known for The Tell-Tale Play, a two-act collection of poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe; and its three-person version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
The performance will be followed by a book signing for Dawidziak’s latest Twain-centric book, Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness. It collects the writer’s often politically incorrect and always unapologetically honest advice on everything from drinking to swearing.