MEET MARK TWAIN
WRITTEN BY RYAN CLEMENS
DIRECTED BY AILISH RIGGS
CREATED AND TOURED THROUGH VSC
Actor Ryan Clemens, descendant of Mark Twain (pen-name of writer Samuel L. Clemens), brings to life the celebrated American author and humorist in this theatrical performance. This presentation is typically 50 minutes, but can be adapted to accommodate different timeframes for a variety of audiences. Additionally, there is an opportunity to arrange for either a LIVE performance or a LIVE on-the-ZOOM-platform, online performance.
Clemens highlights Twain’s lectures and short stories, as well as classics “Huckleberry Finn,” “Life on the Mississippi,” “Roughing It,” “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” and more. Audiences love to watch him deftly transform into the varied characters of Twain’s world. Clemens’ performance will show you why Twain’s wit and wisdom remain poignant and laugh-out-loud funny more than 100 years after his passing.
“…the performance was so spellbinding that my students were more than entertained, they were hooked! Ryan Clemens captured the dialect, the spirit, the sounds, the history, the culture of another era and mesmerized his audience with his one act play.”
-Marianne, High School Teacher, Chesapeake, VA
A show for ages 10 to 110, MEET Mark Twain is a fantastic touring program for schools, libraries, churches, meetings, and fundraisers of all sorts!
Performances starting at $100, price may increase based on audience size.
For more information on booking please contact us!
Virtual In-School Workshops & Residencies
Skilled teaching artists create and conduct programs that work to support classroom learning goals by partnering with teachers and administrators in schools throughout the region. In-school residencies are designed to allow students to spend extended time with visiting artists at their home school by participating in activities that further connect performing arts to the broader core curriculum. The overall aim of the residencies is to provide students, teachers and administrators with first-hand opportunities to work with professional performers, enriching school arts programs, and encouraging future artists and arts audiences.
Shakespeare in Action – $100, 90 min.
This workshop goes beyond traditional analysis to show how iambic pentameter and poetic devices are actually secret codes that teach the actor how to make the text come alive for audiences.
Spontaneous Storytelling – $100, 90 min.
Using a variety of fun, interactive, theatre games and improv exercises, we will engage in discussion and practice of various improvisational storytelling styles and formats in pairs, groups, and solo performance. Lesson points include ideas about creative collaboration, performance energy and connection, imagination and inspiration, discovering strong physical and emotional character choices, trusting your ideas, and working with cues from genre and music.
Playwriting – $100, 90 min.
Drama requires action and conflict. This workshop includes exercises that help writers create vivid, three-dimensional characters for the stage.
Adapting Literature to the Stage – $100, 90 min.
What is the process of making that thick, luscious novel in into a 2 hour theatre piece? How does one communicate period peculiarities to contemporary audiences? Focusing on A Christmas Carol, Matilda, and The Bluest Eye, this workshop takes us on the journey from page to stage.
Improv for the Classroom – $100, 90 min.
Freeing the mind, fostering collaboration and building positivity are just some of the by-products of Improv. Learn more about using this art form to team build, teach sharing, and create empathy.
Custom Workshop – $100, 90 min.
If there is a particular subject that would be helpful in your particular field, we are glad to work with you in utilizing the theatrical toolbox and our teaching artists in creating something just for you!
WE CAN ALSO CUSTOM-DESIGN RESIDENCIES TO MEET YOUR SPECIFIC LESSON NEEDS AND SOL REQUIREMENTS.
Contact us to discuss your needs today!