Theatre Eastern to present “Twain’s Tales” Feb. 23-25


WILBURTON, OK (Feb. 10, 2017) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s first theatre production of 2017 will be “Twain’s Tales,” David Taylor London’s adaptation of works by Mark Twain. Performances for the show are set for Feb. 23-25 at 6 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium.

“Twain’s Tales” opens in the late 1800s with five locals sitting on the front porch of a general store, whiling away their morning and seeing who can spin the tallest tale. Born Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain held four of the occupations depicted in the play during his life: storekeeper, printer, reporter and riverboat captain. It has been suggested that Twain’s storytelling ability may have spawned listening to such stories at the general store.

The play features five stories: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” “Science vs. Luck,” “The Joke that Made Ed’s Fortune,” “The Belated Russian Passport” and “Is He Living or Is He Dead?” In addition, the fence-painting scene from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is included in the play. As the narrative unfolds, the storytellers become the actual characters in the others’ tales.

Director Marshall Carby says the play’s multiple skits portray human foibles, one of Twain’s hallmarks.

“Twain’s affirmation of the human condition and his razor-sharp wit truly come alive in this piece,” Carby said. “It is always such an honor help our students realize their potential as performers. We would also like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude in advance for our audience’s support of the arts.”

The cast of “Twain’s Tales” includes Marcus Joe of Jonesboro, Ark. as Otis Hollaway; Zane Johnson of Austin, Tex. as Floyd Warren; Kassie Bell of Antlers as Thom Brady; Kayla Carr of Checotah as Andrew Riley; and Leila Vaughn Aaron of Wilburton as Virginia Hollaway. Tarius Dawson of Austin, Tex. will serve as stage manager and Austin Graham of McAlester will serve as lighting designer and assistant stage manager. Sarah Klocke, EOSC theatre instructor, is the scenic and costume design artist.

The show is being produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. of Englewood, Colo. Admission is free.

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