Mark Twain, America's greatest author and humorist, will be brought to life through the considerable talents of actor Mike Randall at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Struthers Library Theatre, Warren.
Meteorologist Mike Randall covers the weather duties for WKBW-TV in Buffalo each weeknight. Since 1972, this Nationally Acclaimed one-man Mark Twain Stage Production has charmed audiences throughout the United States and Canada. The show bursts forth with all the wit and wisdom that was the trade-mark of the "Great Man Himself."
Twain was born Samuel Langhorn Clemens in the tiny town of Florida, Missouri, and went on to become the world's best known and loved author, Mark Twain. In between he tried a little of everything. Eventually Mark Twain became a steamboat pilot-"I loved that profession far better than any I've followed since." He spent time as a newspaper reporter though he "hated to do it." He went west to seek his fortune during the Gold Rush-"oh, the dreams of our youth-how beautiful they are and yet how perishable."
Mike Randall as Mark Twain
When he finally put pen to paper and created such classic stories as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "Huckleberry Finn," "Innocents Abroad" and "The Prince and The Pauper," Mark Twain changed the face of American Literature forever. One place that he truly shined was on stage. Mark Twain was considered one of the funniest and most sought after speakers of his day. National and International lecture tours helped to hone his "acting skills". His hundreds of speaking engagements refined his story-telling skills to an art form. Mark Twain "In-Person" a rare treat indeed. Born in 1835, he "came in with Haley's Comet" and went out with it 75 years later in 1910 just as he had predicted. No doubt that today's stand-up comics owe a debt to the man who first made America laugh-Mark Twain Live! Three hours of make-up combined with the actor's mannerisms, speech and Twain's actual words create a startling realistic portrait of "America's original stand-up comic-Mark Twain!" Mike Randall recreates the Mark Twain magic in his one-man show, "Mark Twain Live!"
From the moment Mike Randall walks on stage there is no doubt that the "Celebrated Humorist" Mark Twain was and continues to be, one of America's greatest natural resources!
This show is sponsored in part by Whirley Drinkworks, the Times Observer, and WNAE, WRRN, WKNB. Tickets are $18 adults, seniors, and $10 students and are available at the Library Theatre office or by calling 723-7231.
Randall also will perform at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown, N.Y., at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. The performance will benefit Prendergast Library. For tickets, call (716) 484-7135, ext. 225. Little Theatre is at 18 East Second Street, Jamestown.