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X*ACT to present Mark Twain


Xenia Daily Gazette

XENIA — The Xenia Area Community Theater (X*ACT) is presenting a limited engagement production, “An Evening With Mark Twain,” Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6 at the Kettering Health Network Theater.

The one-man show, featuring actor Al Yarcho as Twain, will feature excerpts from Twain’s books, stories and speeches.

“If there is a list of American treasures, Twain certainly has to be on it,” Yarcho said. “His wit, insight and style are unsurpassed. Especially his insight. His observations on government, religion and mankind are as relevant today as the day he wrote them. But his special brand of humor coupled with those observations was what separated him from everyone else. He truly was legendary”

Yarcho says the evening will offer a variety of Twain’s works; from an excerpt of “Huckleberry Finn” to his recollections as a steam boat pilot on the Mississippi River. Also included will be excerpts from Twain’s book “Letters From Earth,” his experience in the insurance business and his hilarious encounter with Jim Blaine.

Directing Yarcho is two-time X*ACT Award winner, Russ Dern. Dern has been recognized for his work as an actor and assistant director at X*ACT and will be making his directorial debut.

“Russ has an incredibly keen eye,” Yarcho said. “He has great instincts and has been invaluable in helping me transform into the Twain we both envision. And not just Twain, but all the other characters that will be a part of the evening as well. It’s been a wonderful collaboration.”

The curtain goes up on the Saturday, March 5 performance 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, March 6 matinee begins 3 p.m. Theater doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at X*ACT’s web site (www.xeniaact.org) or by making reservations at 937-372-0516. X*ACT is located at 45 E. Second Street in Xenia.

During the performance, Twain will likely enjoy a cigar. Extra air circulation and filtration will be in place.

For more information, contact Al Yarcho at [email protected].

Content provided by Xenia Area Community Theater.