By Michael Gioia
19 Sep 2012
David Bradley directs the limited engagement, which will continue through Nov. 4 as part of the PNC Arts Alive Discovery Series.
The cast includes Tom Teti (People's Light's Treasure Island) as Mark Twain, Chris Bresky (Philadelphia premiere of History Boys, "Private Romeo") as Advance Man #1 and Akeem Davis as Advance Man #2.
Here's how the work is described: "The infamous wit, imagination, social critique, youthful joy, and literary craftsmanship of Twain is celebrated in this irresistible world premiere. Highlights from Twain's famous tales such as 'Tom Sawyer,' 'Life on the Mississippi' and 'Huckleberry Finn' are interwoven with excerpts from Twain's writings and lectures on everything from childhood to politics and religion."
People's Light company member Wendy Bable adapted the work for audiences ages 9 and up. The production evolved from a companion project created in tandem with People's Light's 2010 production of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Playwright Bable added, "There's a universality of truth imbedded in his writing that transmits across time, geography, and ideology. Twain's writings seem so relevant today, though they were written over a century ago."
People's Light, a professional, not-for-profit theatre in Chester County, PA, has a mission to create and experience theatre "through arts education programs that excite curiosity about, and deepen understanding of, the world around us."
People's Light & Theatre is located at 39 Conestoga Road in Malvern, PA. For more information and tickets, call (610) 644-3500 or visit PeoplesLight.org.