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A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT -- Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher; Directed by Ian Belknap; Performed by The Acting Company

Saturday, March 28, 8:00 p.m. at The Hoffman Auditorium, University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford

Legendary actor-director John Houseman founded The Acting Company in 1972 and its alumni have gone on to become a “who’s who” of great American Theatre. 

Lancelot, Guinevere, Merlin and Mark Twain himself (as Hank) come tumbling your way in this satirical tale. Wander with Twain as he time travels from the 19th Century to 6th Century England’s medieval times through the eyes of Hank Morgan of Hartford, Connecticut who, after a blow to the head, awakens to find himself transported back to the time of legendary King Arthur.  Hank astonishes the Middle Age with heroic fireworks, modern medicine and electricity. These tricks from the future initially advance and improve King Arthur’s Court but society ultimately struggles to evolve 1300 years into the future. Mark Twain’s satirical romp exposes the foibles and fortes of both ages leading audiences to question and laugh at themselves and the principles of the 21st Century.

“The Acting Company endures as the major touring classical theater in the United States.” -The New York Times

Part of the Twain on Stage Festival; Support provided by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, with additional support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.

Tickets are $30 / $25 for MTH&M Members / $20 for children and University of Saint. Joseph Students. Please call 860.231.5555 or visit www.usj.edu/arts.

March Schedule Change: CLOSED TUESDAYS

Throughout the Month of March we will be closed on Tuesdays. Please adjust your calendars! -Thank you!

CLUE Tours! - April Fools Edition!

CLUE Tours will be offered in a special, one-night-only April Fools Edition atThe Mark Twain House & Museum on Wednesday, April 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house as part of the game. 

Think of this all new April Fools Edition as "Clue Meets the Mad Hatter's Tea Party"! 

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as the suspects.  But in this April Fools Edition, all of the suspects are unexpected characters, and the weapons are not the familiar ones (rope, candlestick, etc.)--instead tour participants will be surprised at what they are!

CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours!

$22 with discounts available for members and children. Please call (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing. or click here.

 

BOOK/MARK: “A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power” with author Paul Fischer

Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.

Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi)--South Korea's most famous actress--and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most famous filmmaker.

Madam Choi vanished first. When Shin went to Hong Kong to investigate, he was attacked and woke up wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a ship bound for North Korea. Madam Choi lived in isolated luxury, allowed only to attend the Dear Leader's dinner parties. Shin, meanwhile, tried to escape, was sent to prison camp, and "re-educated." After four years he cracked, pledging loyalty. Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends, it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader's film advisors. Together they made seven films, in the process gaining Kim Jong-Il's trust. While pretending to research a film in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety.

A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, author Paul Fischer's A Kim Jong-Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea's history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today.

This is a free BOOK/MARK event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

BOOK/MARK -- "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away" with author Rebecca Goldstein

Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.

Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.
 
At the origin of Western philosophy stands Plato, who got about as much wrong as one would expect from a thinker who lived 2,400 years ago. But Plato’s role in shaping philosophy was pivotal. On her way to considering the place of philosophy in our ongoing intellectual life, Goldstein tells a new story of its origin, re-envisioning the extraordinary culture that produced the man who produced philosophy.
 
But it is primarily the fate of philosophy that concerns her. Is the discipline no more than a way of biding our time until the scientists arrive on the scene? Have they already arrived? Does philosophy itself ever make progress? And if it does, why is so ancient a figure as Plato of any continuing relevance? Plato at the Googleplex is Goldstein’s startling investigation of these conundra. She interweaves her narrative with Plato’s own choice for bringing ideas to life—the dialogue.
 
Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multicity speaking tour. How would he handle the host of a cable news program who denies there can be morality without religion?  How would he mediate a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a tiger mom on how to raise the perfect child? How would he answer a neuroscientist who, about to scan Plato’s brain, argues that science has definitively answered the questions of free will and moral agency? What would Plato make of Google, and of the idea that knowledge can be crowd-sourced rather than reasoned out by experts? With a philosopher’s depth and a novelist’s imagination and wit, Goldstein probes the deepest issues confronting us by allowing us to eavesdrop on Plato as he takes on the modern world.

This is a free BOOK/MARK event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

They sell out fast, so be sure to call 860-280-3130 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Please call (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing. Or, click here for tickets.

BRIAN DYKSTRA: SELLING OUT Directed by Margarett Perry

Friday, March 27, 7:30 PM

The Mark Twain House & Museum presents Brian Dykstra: Selling Out Directed by Margarett Perry. This event takes place on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 PM in the Lincoln Financial Auditorium at the Mark Twain House & Museum.

You will not want to miss the award-winning antics of actor and playwright Brian Dykstra in his latest exploration of the American condition. Audiences can expect an uncensored, highly charged one-man tour-de-force that is a hilarious and impassioned examination of the corrupting influence of money and the pursuit of happiness. This show is anything but safe and will make you think as hard as you laugh. Dykstra's Selling Out combines stand-up, storytelling and slam poetry.

Tickets are $20/$15 for Mark Twain House & Museum Members. For tickets please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

New Exhibition on Display: Travel Is Fatal To Prejudice

Mark Twains first major work was a travel book, The Innocents Abroad, or the New Pilgrims’ Progress, published in 1869.  In it, he writes: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."

We celebrate three great journeys he took during his lifetime, each of which led to a significant travel book full of humor , wisdom and lyrical description. It is our major exhibition for 2015, and invite the public to a reception to welcome it.

The exhibition will include such extraordinary items as Ottoman Turkish garb purchased on the first of these journeys, jewelry and other exotic items purchased on the second, and a rare jade Maori pendant purchased on the third -- along with books, manuscripts and revealing letters. Visitors will enter setpiece scenes from the books that will put them in the traveling spirit -- and provide a spot for a selfie.

This exhibit is sponsored by:

The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company

United Technologies Corporation

Department of Economic and Community Development

Greater Hartford Arts Council

For more information, please click here.

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