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Second date added for Henry Rollins

We've added a second date for "Henry Rollins in a Spoken Word Performance." He will now be appearing on both Monday and Tuesday, September 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Henry Rollins is a multi-talented man--he’s a musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, television and radio host, spoken word artist, comedian, and activist. At The Mark Twain House & Museum, he’ll be performing a spoken word show.  It’s sure to be topical, funny, thoughtful, and unforgettable. Plus, it will be one of only a few shows that he is doing this year and the only one east of Chicago.

Rollins visited the house last year to film an episode of his educational television show 10 Things You Don’t Know.  The subject was Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.  Rollins was so taken by the house and the Twain history that he promised to return to do a show there.  The time has come.

About Henry Rollins

After performing for the short-lived Washington D.C.-based band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from August 1981 until mid-1986. Following the band's breakup, Rollins established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, as well as forming the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 until 2003, and during 2006.

Since Black Flag disbanded, Rollins has hosted numerous radio and television shows. He had recurring dramatic roles in the second season of Sons of Anarchy, in the final seasons of the animated series The Legend of Korra as Zaheer, and has also had roles in several films. Rollins has also campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including promoting LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, and an end to war in particular.

This event is generously supported by The Hartford.

Tickets are $45/$40 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

 

Note about Online House Tour Tickets

We're sorry, but due to a technical problem, we are currently unable to sell tickets online for tours of The Mark Twain House. We hope to have the issue resolved soon. In the meantime, we will of course continue to sell tickets at our ticket desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

BOOK/MARK: "Diary of a Puerto Rican Demigod" with author Edwin Sanchez

Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.

After twenty years of unwedded bliss to billionaire Jason Wilcox, former chorus boy Javier Rivera (Javi), has his world turned upside down when he is traded in for Javi 2.0. turning him from a trophy boy to a trophy geezer. 

Banished from the Mount Olympus he shared with Jason and refusing to take any money from the man he still loves, Javi finds himself in the basement apartment of his parents' building. After a brief pity party for one, and with no marketable or discernible skills to fall back on, Javi sets out to rebuild his life.

"This beautiful story unfolds with equal parts humor and heart. Sánchez writes with brassy Latino flair and sharp Noel Coward wit, and by the end you will be clutching this book and its characters close to your heart." - Charles Rice-González, author of Chulito

Moderated by Bessy Reyna, award-winning Connecticut poet and writer.

Edwin Sanchez is well-know playwright and has strong ties to Connecticut.  He is graduate of the Yale School of Drama, and was once the Playwrite in Residence at Hartford Stage. Several of his plays have previewed at Hartford Stage, includingClean and Diosa. He also contributed a segment to the acclaimed play Christmas on the Rocks at Theaterworks. He is the recipient of a 1995 Berrilla Kerr Foundation Award, the 1994 Princess Grace Playwriting Award, the 1994 ASCAP Cole Porter Award, the 1993 Barrie Stavis Playwriting Fellowship, the 1993 Eugene O'Neill Scholarship, the 1992 George Pierce Baker Scholarship, the 1991 William Morris Agency Fellowship and a 1989 Artists Fellowship in Playwriting presented by the New York State Arts Council. He participated in the 1995 Sundance Screenwriting Lab and is a 1994 graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Mr Sánchez is a member of the Dramatists Guild and New Dramatists.

The Book/Mark Series is supported by a generous grant from the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Trustees.

This is a free event and is followed by a book sale and signing. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29, 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for summer chills. 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 about these investigations -- 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 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

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

BOOK/MARK: “Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist” with author Stephen Kurkjian

Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 p.m.

This is the definitive story of the greatest art theft in history.

In a secret meeting in 1981, a low-level Boston thief gave career gangster Ralph Rossetti the tip of a lifetime: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was a big score waiting to happen. Though its collections included priceless artworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and others, its security was cheap, mismanaged, and out of date. And now, it seemed, the whole Boston criminal underworld knew it.

Nearly a decade passed before the Museum was finally hit. But when it finally happened, the theft quickly became one of the most infamous art heists in history: thirteen works of art valued at up to $500 million, by some of the most famous artists in the world, were taken. The Boston FBI took control of the investigation, but twenty-five years later the case is still unsolved and the artwork is still missing.

Stephen Kurkjian, one of the top investigative reporters in the country, has been working this case for over nearly twenty years. In Master Thieves, he sheds new light on some of the Gardner's most abiding mysteries. Why would someone steal these paintings, only to leave them hidden for twenty-five years? And why, if one of the top crime bosses in the city knew about this score in 1981, did the theft happen in 1990? What happened in those intervening years? And what might all this have to do with Boston's notorious gang wars of the 1980s?

Kurkjian's reporting is already responsible for some of the biggest breaks in this story, including a meticulous reconstruction of what happened at the Museum that fateful night. Now Master Thieves will reveal the identities of those he believes plotted the heist, the motive for the crime, and the details that the FBI has refused to discuss. Taking you on a journey deep into the gangs of Boston, Kurkjian emerges with the most complete and compelling version of this story ever told.

This story also leads to central Connecticut--federal agents have searched the Manchester home and yard of reputed Hartford mobster Robert Gentile, who is believed to have participated in the art heist.  During an April 2015 court hearing, the prosecutor said that the FBI has a recording of Gentile offering to sell some of the stolen art to an undercover agent. Learn more about all of this at this exciting event

This program will be moderated by Hartford Courant reporter Edmund Mahoney, who has written extensively about this story for the Courant.

The Book/Mark Series is supported by a generous grant from the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Trustees.

Followed by a book sale and signing. This is a free event but reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

National Theatre of the Deaf performs "The Experience of the McWilliamses"

Sunday, August 16, 6:00 p.m.

The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) will perform an adaptation of Mark Twain’s humorous short story, titled “The Experience of the McWilliamses.” Join Mortimer and Caroline while they deal with the household upheaval of having a sick child as only Mark Twain could spin this tale.

 As a special addition to the performance, the National Theatre of the Deaf will perform with the actors from the Theatre Immersion Program, in the original show “The W-5 Stories Behind Who, What, Where, When, & Why.” 

 The Theatre Immersion Program is a new initiative from the National Theatre of the Deaf to provide equivalent theater training to deaf and hearing high school students. For an entire week, the students have been immersed in workshops and rehearsals in preparation for tonight’s performance. The students will also get a taste of touring when they join NTD actors performing in various venues in Connecticut.

 The donations received from this performance will be used to support ongoing programming for both The Mark Twain House and the National Theatre of the Deaf.

Tickets for this performance are $10. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

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