The Trouble Begins at 5:30 p.m.: “Waiting for Susy”by Bruce Michelson

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September 11, 2019 • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


On Wednesday, September 11, at 5:30 p.m., in the first The Trouble Begins at 5:30 lecture of the Fall 2019 season at The Mark Twain House & Museum, Twain scholar Bruce Michelson will present his one-act, three-character play, Waiting for Susy.

Waiting for Susy is a one-act comedy about a momentous historic encounter that never took place. The setting is the great square in front of Rouen Cathedral in France; the time is October of 1894. Samuel Clemens and his daughter Susy, living with the rest of the family in the nearby seaside town of Étretat, have come to Rouen to shop for nightgowns and cigars.

Claude Monet is working on paintings nearby in the plaza.  What happens next is entirely made up, and you can safely believe every word of it.

A 5 p.m. reception will precede the performance. The event is free and Michelson will be available for discussion after the event. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Reserve your ticket.

Future Trouble:

Wednesday, October 9: Elisabeth Petry on Ann Petry and the James Family Letters.

Wednesday, November 13: Lawrence Howe on “Mark Twain, Ambivalent Capitalist.”

Wednesday, December 11: Living History Interpreter Tom Raines talks about Twain’s butler, George Griffin, with Twain House curator Steve Courtney.

The Trouble Begins series is made possible in part by the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, NY.

Thanks also for the support provided by Salute Restaurant in Hartford.


September 11, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Mark Twain House & Museum
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