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HAL HOLBROOK IN MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! SAT / OCT 13 7:30 PM THEATER Hal Holbrook, Mark Twain Richard Costabile, production supervisor Joyce Cohen, assistant to Mr. Holbrook Klaus W. Kolmar, The Booking Group, Inc., exclusive tour direction Music: A trombone player was engaged, but is unreliable and should not be expected.

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Run Time : 2 Hours There will be one 15 minute intermission. SELECTION SOURCE Compliments Collection ................Miscellaneous Chaucer, Sailor, Tennessee Girl ...... Miscellaneous Slow Train, Long Dog ............Following the Equator Charity, Reform, Cats ...................... Miscellaneous My Cigar Habit? ................................. Miscellaneous The Marienbad Cure ......................................Essays A Cyclopedia of Sin .......................... Miscellaneous Smoke Rings ...................................... Miscellaneous A Moral Pauper .....................Following the Equator Hunting the Water Closet ..Mark Twain’s Notebook Virginia City .............................................Roughing It Shoveling Sand ........................................Roughing It The Ant ........................................... A Tramp Abroad The Great Landslide Case .....................Roughing It The Lord Will Provide .......................Autobiography The German Opera........................ A Tramp Abroad A Genuine Mexican Plug.........................Roughing It San Francisco .................................... Miscellaneous Crippling the Accordion ........................... Sketches The Anarchist Story .................................. Speeches Baker’s Bluejay............................... A Tramp Abroad The Sweet Bye and Bye ... Essays: The Invalid Story His Grandfather’s Old Ram .........................................Mark Twain’s Notebook Congress: The Grand Old Asylum .. Miscellaneous The Press ................................................... Speeches Down There in Washington.............. Miscellaneous Running For President ..................... Miscellaneous The Sandwich Islands .............................Roughing It The Italian Guide ........................ Innocents Abroad My Encounter With an Interviewer .......... Sketches Accident Insurance ..................................Speeches 23

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The Supreme Art .................Letters from the Earth White Suit .................................................. Speeches Requesting a Hymn Book ... Mark Twain in Eruption Money is God .......................................... Notebooks Decay in the Art of Lying ... Essays & Miscellaneous Advice to Youth ......................................... Speeches Taming the Bicycle .........................................Essays The Evolution of Man............................... Biography Insanity: Elections, War and Petrified Opinions ........................ Miscellaneous Huck and Jim ............................... Huckleberry Finn Shooting of Boggs........................ Huckleberry Finn Huck, Jim and ’Lizbeth ............... Huckleberry Finn Huck’s Conscience...................... Huckleberry Finn Lost in the Fog ............................. Huckleberry Finn Lynching and China....................................Essays A Helluva Heaven ...............Letters from the Earth Slavery: A Holy Thing .................... Autobiography Man, That Poor Thing ........................... Biography Noah’s Ark .........................Letters from the Earth Chief Love ........................ Mark Twain in Eruption The Creator’s Pet...............Letters from the Earth The War Prayer ..................Europe and Elsewhere The Christian Bible ........................ Miscellaneous Circumstances… .............. Mark Twain In Eruption Our Civilization ............................. Autobiography A Ghost Story… ................................Short Stories Sunrise on the River........... Life On the Mississippi The Get Rich Quick Disease ........... Miscellaneous The Thin Skin… ................ Mark Twain’s Notebook The Virgin Mary ................... Ladies Home Journal Praying for Gingerbread ............... Autobiography Boyhood on the Farm ................... Autobiography Taking Along the Window Sash ..Innocents Abroad My Trained Presbyterian Conscience ................................................. Autobiography How I Stole My Name ..........Life on the Mississippi Livy............................................... Autobiography How to Be Seventy ................................Speeches My Ancestor Satan ...........................Short Stories The Hartford Home ..................................Letters Susy’s Prayer… .............................. Autobiography Halley’s Comet .................................... Biography Mary Ann……… ......................................Speeches

While Mr. Twain’s selections will come from the complete list below, we have been unable to pin him down as to which of them he will do. He claims it would cripple his inspiration. However, he has generously conceded to a printed program for the benefit of those who are in distress and wish to fan themselves.


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Out of consideration for your fellow patrons and respect to the performers, please be reminded that there is no video, audio recording, or still photography of any kind allowed during the performance. Prior to the performance, and upon returning from intermission, please unwrap any hard candy and silence all cell phones and other electronic devices, and please, no texting.

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1889 Timeline 1835 Born in Florida, Missouri (Nov 30). 1839 Moved to Hannibal, Missouri. 1853 Left home to become itinerant printer. 1857 Became apprentice pilot on the Mississippi River. 1861 After two weeks in the Confederate Army, resigned commission and went to the Nevada territory with brother Orion. 1862 Prospected unsuccessfully, then joined Virginia City Enterprise as a reporter – first used pen name “Mark Twain”. 1864 Joined the San Francisco Morning Call. 1866 Visited Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), became lecturer, wrote travel letters to the Sacramento Union and the San Francisco Alta California. 1867 The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County published. Joined excursion to Mediterranean. 1870 Married Olivia Langdon of Elmira, New York (February 2). Settled in Buffalo as editor of The Buffalo Express. 1871 Moved to Hartford, Connecticut. 1872 Susy Clemens born. Roughing It published. 1873 Collaborated with Charles Dudley Warner on The Gilded Age. 1874 Clara Clemens born. 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer published. 1878 Family lived in Europe.

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Jean Clemens born. A Tramp Abroad published. The Prince and the Pauper published. Life on the Mississippi published. Published U.S. Grant’s Personal Memoirs. Began investment in Paige Typesetter. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court published. Family moved to Europe. The Tragedy of Pudd’n Head Wilson published. Lecture tour around the world. Susy Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc published. Following the Equator published. Lived in New York. Olivia Langdon Clemens died in Florence, Italy (June 5). Received LLD from Oxford University. Moved to “Stormfield”, the house he built in Redding, Connecticut. Jean Clemens died (December 24). Mark Twain died in Redding, Connecticut (April 21).

Hal Holbrook, Mark Twain, was born in Cleveland in 1925, but raised mostly in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. His people had settled there in 1635 and were, according to his grandfather, “some kind of criminals from England.” His mother disappeared when he was two; his father followed suit, so young Mr. Holbrook and his two sisters were raised by their grandfather. It was only later he found out that his mother had gone into show business. Mr. Holbrook, being the only boy, was sent away at the age of 7 to one of the finer New England schools to make a man of him. He was beaten regularly by a Dickensian headmaster who, when forced to retire, committed suicide saying “he could no longer 24


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live without boys.” When he was 12 he was sent soap opera on the rear platform of the 7th Avto Culver Military Academy, where he discov- enue subway train between 104th Street and ered acting as an escape from his disenchant- Sheridan Square. Finally, Ed Sullivan saw him ment with authority. He was not the model ca- and gave his Twain national television exposure. det, but he believes the discipline he learned at In 1959, after five years of researching Mark Culver saved his life. In the summer of 1942 he Twain and honing his material in front of countgot his first paid professional engagement less audiences in small towns all over America, playing the son in The Man Who Came To Dinner he opened at a tiny theatre off-Broadway in at the Cain Park Theatre in Cleveland at $15.00 New York. His overnight success was as stunper week. That fall, he entered ning to Mr. Holbrook as everyone “He discovered acting Denison University in Ohio, maelse. “The critics went wild” (Asas an escape from joring in Theatre under the tutesociated Press). “Mr. Holbrook’s his disenchantment lage of his lifelong mentor, Edmaterial is uproarious; his ability with authority” ward A. Wright. World War II to hold an audience by acting is pulled him out of there and put him into the brilliant” (The New York Times); “Uncanny. A Army Engineers for three years. The Mark Twain dazzling display of virtuosity” (The New Yorker); characterization grew out of an honors project “One of the treasures of the American Theatre” at Denison University after the War. Mr. Hol- (Life Magazine). The white hope of the family brook and his first wife, Ruby, had constructed had finally arrived. Mr. Holbrook quit the soap a two-person show, playing characters from opera. After a twenty-two week run in New Shakespeare to Twain. After graduation they York, he toured the country again, performed toured the school assembly circuit in the for President Eisenhower and at the Edinburgh Southwest doing 307 shows in thirty weeks and Festival. The State Department sent him on a traveling 30,000 miles by station wagon. On tour of Europe, during which he became the winter mornings in the Texas panhandle they first American dramatic attraction to go behind opened their trunks to find frost on the cos- the Iron Curtain following World War II. He was tumes. Their audiences ranged widely in age, a star who had never appeared in a Broadway were often unruly, and they learned to survive play, a nighttime television show or a movie. He on stage or perish. Mr. Holbrook’s first solo was 35 years old and had to jump start a new performance as Mark Twain was at the Lock Ha- career. When David Merrick offered him coven State Teachers College in Pennsylvania in star billing with Robert Preston playing an 801954. While hunting for a job in New York, the year old Mexican bandit in a new Broadway mushow was his desperate alternative to selling sical, Mr. Holbrook turned it down in favor of hats or running elevators to keep his family younger roles, concerned that he would be alive. By then he had a daughter, Victoria. That typecast as an old man. He played Hotspur in same year, fortune struck by way of a steady Henry IV, Pt.I at the Shakespeare Festival Theengagement on a daytime television soap op- atre in Stratford, Connecticut; then Lincoln in era, The Brighter Day, but the following year Mr. Abe Lincoln In Illinois off-Broadway. In 1963 he Holbrook pursued the Twain character at night joined the original Lincoln Center Repertory in a Greenwich Village night club while doing Company in New York appearing in Marco Milthe soap daytimes. In seven months at the club lions, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, and Tarhe developed his original two hours of material tuffe. Word got around that he could act his and learned timing. He memorized lines for the own age. Starring roles on Broadway came


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along: The Glass Menagerie, The Apple Tree, I continued to perform Mark Twain every year, Never Sang For My Father, Man of La Mancha, including his third and fourth New York engageand Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie? with the young ments in 1977 and 2005; and a world tour in Al Pacino. Meanwhile, he continued to do Mark 1985, the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain’s Twain every year and in 1966, on Broadway, his birth, beginning in London and ending in New second New York engagement won him a Tony Delhi. And he has constantly returned to the Award and a Drama Critics’ Circle Award, fol- stage: in New York (Buried Inside Extra, 1983; lowed in 1967 by a ninety-minute CBS television The Country Girl, 1984; King Lear, 1990; An special of Mark Twain Tonight! which was nomi- American Daughter, 1997; at regional theatres nated for an Emmy Award and seen by an audi- (Our Town, Uncle Vanya, Merchant Of Venice, ence of 30 million. In 1970, after a dozen plays King Lear, A Life In The Theatre, Be My Baby and in New York, he was brought to Hollywood to Southern Comforts, the last two with his wife star in a controversial television series, The Dixie Carter); and a National Tour of Death Of A Senator, which won 8 Emmy Awards and was Salesman. But Mr. Holbrook has never been cancelled in one year. But his new career had able to quit Mark Twain and probably never will. taken off. In the 42 years since then Mr. Hol- He has toured the show in some part of every brook has done some 50 television movies and year since 1954 – giving his 2,234th performini-series, been nominated for 12 Emmys and mance in November 2011 – making 2012 the won 5 for The Senator (1971), Pueblo (1974), Best 58th consecutive year for this remarkable one Actor Of The Year (1974), Sandburg’s Lincoln man show. Mark Twain Tonight! has become (1976), and as host and narrator of Portrait Of perhaps the longest running show in theatre America (1989). He has appeared in two sit- history. Mr. Holbrook adds to his Twain material coms: Designing Women and Evening Shade Shade, every year, editing and changing it to fit the and has made guest appearances on The West times and has mined over sixteen hours of Wing, the sitcoms Becker and Hope & Faith Faith, The Twain with more coming all the time. He has no Sopranos, NCIS, ER, Sons of Anarchy, and The set program – he chooses material as he goes Event. Mr. Holbrook’s movie career began with along. Mr. Holbrook is a sailor. In June 1980, he The Group in 1966 when he was 41 years old. competed in the Single-handed Transpac Race Since then, moviegoers have seen him in more from San Francisco to Hawaii in his 40-foot than 40 films including Magnum Force, Midway, sailboat, Yankee Tar, sailing 2400 miles alone. All The President’s Men, CapriWith one or two friends or his wife, corn One, The Fog, Creepshow, “Mr. Holbrook’s material Dixie, he has sailed through the Wall Street, The Firm, Men of is uproarious; his ability South Pacific to Tahiti, Samoa, the to hold an audience by Honor, The Majestic, Into the Tongas, New Zealand, and the Fiji Isacting is brilliant” Wild for which he received an lands. Mr. Holbrook has received —The New York Times Academy Award nomination, Honorary Doctor of Humanities DeThat Evening Sun, Flying Lessons (premiered at grees from Ohio State and the University of the 2010 Santa Barbara Film Festival), Good Day Hartford, an Honorary Doctor of Humane LetFor It (premiered at the 2011 Sonoma Interna- ters from Ursinus College, an Honorary Doctor tional Film Festival), Water for Elephants, and in of Letters from Elmira College and Honorary December 2011 he completed filming on Steven Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees from Kenyon and Spielberg’s latest project on Abraham Lincoln. his alma mater, Denison University. In 1996 he Throughout his long career, Mr. Holbrook has received the Edwin Booth Award; in 1998 the 26


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Due to financial cutbacks in funding for the arts, the Mark Twain Project at Berkeley, which houses Mark Twain’s papers, may have to curtail its activities. This is perhaps the most ambitious publishing enterprise in the annals of American literature, issuing scholarly editions of Mark Twain’s work which include a wealth of newly discovered material. If you would like to help the Mark Twain Project continue its exciting research and publication, please send a tax-deductible contribution to: The Mark Twain Project, 480 Library, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720. Make checks payable to “The Friends of the Bancroft Library.” Thank you.

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William Shakespeare Award from The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC; in 2000 he was inducted into the New York Theatre Hall of Fame; in 2003 re“…the longest running ceived the Nat’l Hushow in theater history” manities Medal from the president; and in 2010 a medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In September 2011, Harold, the first of two volumes of Mr. Holbrook’s memoirs was published. He continues to work on the second volume, covering the years since Harold ended. He lives in Los Angeles and Tennessee, and with his late wife, actress/singer Dixie Carter, has five children.

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Hal Holbrook with Mark Twain Tonight at the Broad Stage!