Events & Programs

A Rich Selection of Activities for Young and Old and In Between

Mark Twain loved a good circus, and so do we. So we are proud to present a rich array of events that range from the "Trouble Begins at 5:30" lecture series, to the "Tapping into Twain" Oktoberfest, to the many family activities such as Tom Sawyer Day and the Ice Cream Social, to our spooky Graveyard Shift ghost tours, to our Mark My Words event and other appearances by major authors – and much, much more. So have a look through the year ahead by clicking on the tabs below.

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September


# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, September 8, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# The MOuTH: Epiphanies

Friday, September 8, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrity, photographer, and narrative-mad WNPR personality Chion Wolf continues the storytelling tradition at The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Wolf’s invites submissions from potential participants, who tell stories on a different theme at each session. September’s theme is “Realizing the Obvious: Epiphanies” – a chance to remember and communicate that moment in your life when it all became clear, like a bolt from the blue.

Participants are limited to 10 minutes. To submit, e-mail HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of less than 10 minutes, and a short description of what your story is about. Wolf will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup.  There is also the traditional "Wild Card": Those wanting to tell a story of less than 5 minutes can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and a name will be picked.

“The MOuTH is in no way a competition,” Wolf says – “just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.”

To round out the festivities, a bar featuring a selection of wine and beers will be open before the event. Proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum.

 

Admission is $10.00. Tickets can be obtained here.

# The Adorable Care Act: An Evening of Fake News

Wednesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

A night of hilarity with Hartford's iconic Sea Tea Improv troupe and a bevy of local media celebrities help raise funds for a beloved Mark Twain House & Museum employee.

Fasten your seatbelts for a journalistic ride with Sasha Allen, Susan Campbell, Renee DiNino, Bob Englehart, Maryellen Fillo, Dan Haar, Duby McDowell, Colin McEnroe, Frank Rizzo, and Diane Smith.  

There will be a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres by Hartford's Salute restaurant, and eclectic rock by The Rude Mechanicals.

Everything is donated -- the venue, the performances, the food, the wine -- and all proceeds go to benefit the Joel Bulger Cancer Fund.

Tickets are $25 and available at http://fakenews.brownpapertickets.com/

 

# Writing in Mark Twain's Library

Thursday, September 21,

All scheduled Writing in Mark Twain's Library sessions for 2017 are SOLD OUT. Watch this space for information about new dates! Thank you for your interest and support!

Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain's own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you're working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain's spirit. Don't miss this once-in-a-life opportunity. Laptops are welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only, please; no pens permitted!

 

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# 10th Annual TAPPING into TWAIN

Friday, September 22, 5:30 - 10 p.m.

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The 10th Annual Tapping into Twain brings the party of the year back to Hartford on September 22, 2017! Featuring more than twenty regional breweries, micro-breweries, and home brewers, plus more than a dozen local restaurants and live music! Prices include all food, beverages, and a collectible pint glass!

Advance Prices: $45; $40 for museum members and Let's Go! Arts members; $20 for Designated Drivers.  

To purchase advance tickets, CLICK HERE. [Purchase is non-refundable and service fees will be applied.]

AFTER 3:00 PM on 9/22, THE ADMISSION PRICE WILL BE $50.00 FOR ALL!

 

 

# Writers Weekend postponed

Saturday, September 23, Sunday, September 24

Our 6th Annual Writers Weekend has been postponed, but will be recheduled for Spring 2018. Watch this space!

# AT THE CHESHIRE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Mark Twain and Connecticut

Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.

Director of Education Dr. James Golden will speak on Mark Twain and Connecticut at the Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main ST., Cheshire, Conn., at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26th. The talk is part of The Mark Twain House & Museum's Community Outreach Series.

Although his most famous works were set along the Mississippi River of his childhood, Mark Twain composed those novels while living in the elegant literary community of Nook Farm, a neighborhood of Hartford, Conn. He lived halfway between Boston and New York, in a Hartford of industry, energy, and immigration while celebrating the pre-Civil War South of his youth. This program explores the importance of Connecticut and Hartford to Twain's life and work, including his famous neighbors, such as novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe, travel writer and journalist Charles Dudley Warner, Civil War hero and senator Joseph Hawley, and female suffrage campaigner Isabella Beecher Hooker. 60 minutes.

The museum offers many Community Outreach Programs. Information on programs and fees is available here, or contact Director of Education Dr. James Golden, 860-280-3146 or james.golden@marktwainhouse.org.

For information on this event, contact the Cheshire Public Library at www.cheshirelibrary.com.

# Parade Marks Publication of 'The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine'

Tuesday, September 26, downtown Hartford, starting at Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St., at noon.

PRINCE OLEO COVERJoin the festivities on September 26, 2017, as Hartford – Mark Twain’s home town – celebrates the publication of The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine! The biggest event in publishing this fall, the book is based on manuscript fragments for a fairy tale that Mark Twain jotted down after telling the story to his daughters (a tradition that began in the library of his Hartford home).

Brought to life by author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead, creators of the Caldecott Medal-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, the story – which is being published more than 100 years after Mark Twain’s death – tells about a boy named Johnny who, forlorn and alone except for his pet chicken, meets a kind woman who gives him seeds that change his fortune, allowing him to speak with animals and sending him on a quest to rescue a stolen prince.

In the face of a bullying tyrant king, Johnny and his animal friends come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold.

The book is being published, to great critical acclaim, by Doubleday Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin/Random House.

The mid-day party on Main Street starts at noon at Hartford City Hall, where  Mayor Luke Bronin will join our sidewalk parade – complete with colorful characters and a marching band! --  to the Hartford Public Library, where we’ll gather around the statue of Mark Twain. Mayor Bronin will issue a proclamation officially declaring September 26 Prince Oleomargarine Day!

KARA SUNDLUN

NEW: At 4:15 p.m., Kara Sundlun, co-host of WFSB/Channel 3's “Better Connecticut” and an Ambassador of The Mark Twain House & Museum, will read the entire book aloud at the museum. This is also a free event for the public, and we hope people of all ages will come out and celebrate with us!

For more information about how you or your organization can join the fun, contact Rosalie Roth or Jennifer LaRue at The Mark Twain House & Museum: Rosalie.Roth@marktwainhouse.org; Jennifer.LaRue@marktwainhouse.org.

This is a free event.

# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: The Mahogany Suite Reborn

Wednesday, September 27, 5:00 reception; 5:30 p.m. panel

As the opening event in this fall's series of Twianian lectures, "The Trouble Begins at 5:30", three members of the Curatorial Department will offer a panel, with visuals, on the 2016 restoration of the Mark Twain House's Mahogany Suite.

Tracy Brindle, Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator, Mallory Howard, Assistant Curator, and Steve Courtney, Curatorial Special Projects Consultant, will describe the history of the suite and the 2016 restoration that brought it back into full flower.

A reception at 5:00 pm. will precede the event.

In the early 1870s, Twain's friend and editor William Dean Howells visited frequently, and wrote that Twain “used to give me a royal chamber on the ground floor.”

The suite off the majestic library comprises a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom. It was named for its mahogany paneling and bedroom set, and reserved for particularly honored guests. These included journalist and explorer Henry Stanley, author George Washington Cable (who infected the family with mumps), and writer Grace King, who compared the suite to “the Beast’s castle,” with herself in the role of Beauty.

In the 20th century the house was restored, and in 2006 the long-restored room was stripped bare in order to do a rigorous examination of its details. Then financial troubles hit the Mark Twain House, and for a decade the bare room was described to visitors as “under restoration.”

The museum recovered, but restoration didn’t get under way until 2016, using funds from a State of Connecticut bonding grant. A research-oriented restoration architectural firm was secured, and – under the guidance of the Chief Curator -- developed an entirely new interpretation of the suite.

Period “honeybee” wallpaper designed by the Clemenses’ friend Candace Wheeler, America’s first prominent female interior designer, was reproduced; plumbing fixtures were discussed and debated; furnishings appropriate to the period were sought out; and a group of skilled craftspeople went to work.

The result was unveiled to the public late last year. Panel members will tell the tale of the Mahogany Suite, both in its Clemens and post-Clemens period, with illustrative images.

This event is free, but pre-registration is strongly suggested. To register, click here.

Oct

October


# Steve Courtney's new book: The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell

Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.

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“I do not want others to write, but I do want you to do it,” Mark Twain wrote to his friend, the Rev. Joseph Hopkins Twichell, at a time of family tragedy. “…You have the touch that heals, not lacerates.” For 42 years the Hartford clergyman served as the author’s confidant, friend, fellow joker, sharer of long walks, partner in vigorous conversations and source of literary inspiration.

On Tuesday, October 3, at 7:00 p.m. , at The Mark Twain House & Museum, the museum and Asylum Hill Congregational Church – where Twichell served as pastor from 1865 to 1912 – will celebrate the publication of The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell (University of Georgia Press). This major new work, co-edited by Peter Messent, Harold K. Bush and the Mark Twain House’s own Steve Courtney, includes the complete correspondence, brought together for the first time. Of the more than 300 letters the two men wrote to each other, more than half have never been published.

Hal Holbrook, the actor and legendary performer of the one-man show Mark Twain Tonight!, describes the book as “two friends talking."

"You get more of Mark Twain the unguarded person from these conversations between two friends than from the biographies," says Holbrook. "They traveled the footpaths of Europe together, their wives and children enriched their friendship, they could say what they wanted and know they'd get away with it.”

The idea that Twain’s best friend was a preacher is a surprising one, and the letters show that they battled on many fronts, both political and theological. “Oh, the human race!—what a ridiculous invention it is,” Twain wrote to Twichell. The minister wrote back: “Mark, the way you throw your rotten eggs at the human race doth greatly arride me.”

Courtney’s talk will be followed by a book sale and signing. Admission is $5.00; Tickets may be purchased here.

Steve Courtney has been a journalist for 40 years, largely at The Hartford Courant, and won the 2009 Connecticut Book Award for Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain’s Closest Friend (University of Georgia Press). He is also the author of ‘The Loveliest Home That Ever Was’: The Story of the Mark Twain House in Hartford (Dover Publications); and 'We Shall Have Them With Us Always’: The Ghosts of the Mark Twain House (Paige Compositor Press). He co-edited, with Peter Messent,The Civil War Letters of Joseph Hopkins Twichell: A Chaplain's Story (University of Georgia Press). He served as publicist for The Mark Twain House & Museum for four years, and founded its Writing Program and Twainian lecture series, The Trouble  Begins at 5:30. He now works as a consultant at the museum.

Event partner Asylum Hill Congregational Church is an energetic urban church of approximately 1,600 members. It is known for inspiring worship services, outstanding music and arts programs, and strong outreach programs. “We are an inclusive congregation, open to and affirming of all God’s people,” the church’s website says. 

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, October 6,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are Back!

October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

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Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

 

 

# AT THE WADSWORTH ATHENEUM: Artful Collaborations: J. Pierpont Morgan & Mark Twain

Saturday, October 7, 1:00 p.m.

Museum Director of Education Dr. James Golden will be among the speakers, and Living History impresario Kit Webb will perform lively readings, at Artful Collaborations: J. Pierpont Morgan & Mark Twain at the Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. on October 7.

A 1:00 p.m. tour of Morgan: Mind of the Collector, the major Wadsworth Atheneum exhibition that opens September 23, will be followed by the talk and readng at 2:00 p.m. The event is free with museum admission.

Morgan's story as a collector is not as well known as the story of his business career, despite the groundbreaking quantity, scope, and character of his unprecedented collection. The exhibition includes works of art from the the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library.

For Wadsworth Athenuem ticket information, go to thewadsworth.org.

# Book/Mark: Melissa Scholes Young, Flood

Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.

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Melissa Scholes Young's fiercely honest and atmospheric debut novel Flood is set in Mark Twain's boyhood hometown -- and her own. She will speak about her work as part of the museum’s acclaimed Book/Mark series.

Author Luis Alberto Urrea says of Young: "Her eye is clear and her powers are on high. I read Flood with admiration and growing excitement.” 

Young was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, and Poets & Writers. She teaches at American University in Washington, D.C.

A book sale and signing will follow Young's talk.

 

Tickets are $5. Get yours here!

# Book/Mark:: Jenny Allen, Would Everybody Please Stop? Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas

Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m.

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Jenny Allen is a writer and performer. Her essays and articles have appeared for years in many magazines, including The New Yorker,The New York Times, New York, Vogue, EsquireMore, The Huffington Post, and Good Housekeeping. Recent essays appear in Andy Borowitz’s anthology The Fifty Funniest American Writers and in In the Fullness of Time: 32 Women on Life After 50.

Now, for the first time, Allen’s hilarious and wonderful works are collected in one place. Jenny is many things—a playwright, journalist, essayist, actress, and monologist, perhaps best known for her one-woman show I Got Sick Then I Got Better. She fearlessly tackles the serious and the not-so-serious with equal candor and curiosity. Reading Jenny Allen is a lot like sitting with a best friend; her essays are intimate and immediate. Would Everybody Please Stop? is as thoughtful as it is entertaining. We hope you enjoy this hilarious gem jam-packed with thirty-five inventive, provocative essays from one of our beloved humorists.

A book sale and signing will follow Allen's talk.

Tickets are $5. Get yours here!

# Mark Twain's Halloween Storyteller FREE Family Programming

Saturday, October 21, 1 p.m.

 

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The Mark Twain House & Museum invites you to try to do what Mark Twain did best: make up stories! Come hear how Twain created nightly bedtime stories for his three daughters, using objects in his home for inspiration. Then, play a similar storytelling game using Halloween-inspired objects! Fun for all ages!

Lincoln Financial Auditorium

This FREE program is made possible by a grant from The Hartford.

This event is FREE, but pre-registration is recommended. Sign up HERE!

# The Merit System: A Play by Edward Sanchez benefits Puerto Rico

Saturday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m., an unusual dramatic performance at The Mark Twain House & Museum will help attendees support our fellow Americans – the people of Puerto Rico -- many of whom are relatives of people in our Connecticut community.

The Merit System
, a play by Edwin Sánchez, is produced and performed by Hartford’s legendary community-conscious theater group, HartBeat Ensemble, which has entertained and galvanized audiences since 2001 with its lively, funny, moving, and incisive commentaries on the city and current events. Sánchez himself is the director of this unusual and powerful performance. 

Tickets are $20, with all proceeds going to United4PuertoRico, an initiative founded by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector. United4PuertoRico, also known as Unidos por Puerto Rico, provides aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. All proceeds will go toward helping the victims affected by these devastating natural disasters in Puerto Rico. 

 

Tickets may be obtained here.  

# The 2017 Connecticut Book Awards

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m.

We are proud to be the locale for the newly revived Connecticut Book Awards, which honor distinguished literature in a literary state. Celebrate with the finalists and winners and hear from Keynote Speaker Beatriz Williams at the 2017 Connecticut Book Awards Ceremony on October 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For details and ticketing information, click here.

The awards recognize and honor books with specific ties to our state: the author or illustrator must be native-born or have been a legal resident of Connecticut for at least three years, or the book must have a Connecticut setting to be considered. 

Keynote speaker Williams is a New York Times best-selling author and Connecticut resident. Her works include The Secret Life of Violet Grant, A Hundred Summers, and Overseas.

# Book/Mark: S.L. Price, Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town

Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m.

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Renowned sports journalist S.L. Price visits The Mark Twain House & Museum to talk about his latest book, Playing Through the Whistle.

Kirkus writes of the book:

A senior Sports Illustrated writer tells a multigenerational story about Aliquippa, a Pennsylvania steel town, and its legendary high school football team.

Heavy industry and football share the same DNA, writes Price (Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America, 2009, etc.). Both feature a hierarchical management structure; both involve collective striving, with various skills merging to produce the desired result; both “depend on—even celebrate—the implicit trade of health for money” or celebrity. Since the early 1900s, when the J&L Steel Company designed and built the town, until today, as surely as the blast furnaces once reliably churned out pig iron, the Quips have won a succession of regional and state championships, producing an astonishing number of football stars, most notably Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Ty Law, and Darrelle Revis. Price thoroughly explores the football saga, focusing on four particularly successful coaches and their teams, but this is no mere sports story. The author produces an artful mix of history, economics, sociology, and athletics. He makes room for sketches of distinguished, nonsports native sons (composer Henry Mancini), a reform-minded governor’s wife, a J&L official who bossed the town, and Aliquippa’s first black mayor. As he travels through the decades, he packs the narrative with telling episodes: the presidential visits of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, a landmark Supreme Court labor case slapping down J&L, the high school walkouts of the 1960s, protesting the lack of black cheerleaders. Price’s especially touching engravings of “promise squandered,” those chewed up and spit out by Aliquippa’s tough environment, contrast powerfully with the tales of football triumph.

From the rigidly stratified life in the 1920s and ’30s during J&L’s “despotic prime,” to the brief, postwar golden age, “a moment of civic equipoise,” to today’s “company town without a company,” where the combination of unemployment, drugs, and crime crushes hope, Price’s football story is really that of America’s Rust Belt in poignant miniature.

A book sale and signing will follow Price's talk.

Tickets are $5. Get yours here!

# Dr. Kerry Driscoll on “‘My Love and Patriarchal Blessing:’ Mark Twain and the Saturday Morning Club of Hartford”

Wednesday, October 25, 5:00 p.m.

On 17 August 1880, Mark Twain placed an order with Tiffany & Co. jewelers of New York City, for “19 badges” intended as gifts for the members of Hartford’s Saturday Morning Club -- a group of unmarried upper-class local women, ranging in age from 16 to 20 who meet weekly from October through June for an alternating series of lectures and discussions intended “to promote Culture and Social Intercourse.”

In the second installment of "The Trouble Begins at 5:30," The Mark Twain House & Museum's fall series of free Twainian lectures, Dr. Kerry Driscoll of the University of St. Joseph will tell the tale of this extraordinary group of women. She will explore the history of Clemens’ sustained engagement with the Saturday Morning Club and the insights it provides into his views on gender and female education.


“‘My Love and Patriarchal Blessing:’ Mark Twain and the Saturday Morning Club of Hartford” will be presented on Wednesday, October 25, at 5:30 p.m. A 5:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

Although Twain was not the Club’s founder as a number of earlier scholars have claimed, its members affectionately considered him their “patron saint.” Between 1876 and 1891, he addressed the group on at least fifteen occasions, speaking on a wide array of topics ranging from “Liberty” and “Banquets” to “The Life of Lord Macaulay.” Some of his lectures, such as “On the Decay of the Art of Lying,” later appeared in print; others appear to have been expressly written for the occasion.

Dr. Kerry Driscoll is an internationally renowned Mark Twain scholar and President of the Mark Twain Circle of America. Her much-awaited book, Mark Twain Among the Indians, the definitive work on the thorny subject of Twain and Native Americans, is forthcoming in Spring 2018 from the University of California Press. For two decades she has been a loyal friend of -- and a frequent lecturer, teacher workshop organizer at -- The Mark Twain House & Museum. She is a featured contributor to journals and publications on Twain, including Cosmopolitan Twain, a 2008 anthology in which she gives the best recent portrait of Twain in his Hartford context.

The event is free, but pre-registration is strongly suggested. To register, click here.

# Capital Classics Presents "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Radio-Theatre Performance

Friday, October 27, Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m.

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Back by popular demand for Halloween week, the Capital Classics Theatre Company presents radio-theatre style performances at
The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. This year, it’s an original adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Just as in the days of the golden age of radio, Company members use live sound effects, music and their storytelling vocal skills to tell the tale of Dr. Jekyll, who faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. Performances will also include radio-theatre style readings of one or two short stories by Mark Twain to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Over the years, Capital Classics has staged radio-theatre performances around Halloween at The Mark Twain House & Museum of “Macabre Macbeth” (2010);
“Poe Down Below,” an evening of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories (2013); Bram Stoker's “Dracula” (2014); “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (2015); and “The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script by Howard E. Koch” (2016).

Audience members of all ages are welcome for a scary good time.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for MTH&M members and Let’s GO Arts! members. Get your tickets HERE!

Nov

November


# OUR ANNUAL GALA! An Evening with Prince Oleomargarine and Friends

Saturday, November 4, 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy our Gala, Hartford's premier social event, and pay tribute to a delightful new children's book with Twainian origins. See below for details and our sponsors, to whom we are eternally grateful. For tickets and for information (coming soon!) about AUCTION ITEMS and sponsors, click HERE!

 

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# National Read-a-Thon: The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m. - noon

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Come hear a costumed “Samuel Clemens,” among others, read from Mark Twain’s previously unfinished fairy tale, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, which has been brought to life by author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead, creators of the Caldecott Medal-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee. After the reading, there will be a discussion of the story and a Question & Answer session, followed by a free raffle drawing. Prizes include a copy of the beautiful hardcover book and “Prince Oleo” puppets and bookmarks.

Lincoln Financial Auditorium at the Mark Twain House & Museum

FREE to the public! All ages welcome!

# Mark Twain and Fragile American Democracy: A University of Connecticut Panel at The Mark Twain House & Museum

Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.

“You see, my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out…[T]he citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth’s political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal; he is a traitor.” --Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Hartford, 1889)

On the anniversary of the 2016 election, distinguished scholars from the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will debate the legacy of Mark Twain’s gloomy warnings about both the necessity of democracy, and its fragility. The panelists will respond to Twain’s controversial, illuminating, and radical work A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, debating the contemporary relevance of Mark Twain’s ideas.

Our panelists are:

Chair—Prof. Davita Silfen Glasberg, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of Sociology. Prof. Glasberg’s work is primarily focused on the relationship between finance capital institutions and society, particularly the affect these institutions may have on the power of the state, inequality, and human rights.

Panelists:

Prof. David Yalof, Professor and Department Head, Department of Political Science. David Alistair Yalof specializes in constitutional law, judicial politics and executive branch politics. 

Prof. Manisha Desai, Professor of Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies, and Department Head of Sociology.  Committed to decolonizing knowledge and social justice, her research and teaching interests include Gender and Globalization, Transnational Feminisms and women’s movements, Human Rights movements, and Contemporary Indian Society.

Prof. Michael Patrick Lynch, Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Humanities Institute. His work concerns truth, democracy, public discourse and the ethics of technology.

Prof. Micki McElya is Associate Professor of History. She studies the histories of Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Racial Formation in the United States from the Civil War to the present, with an emphasis on Political Culture and Memory; Cultural History and Feminist & Queer Theories.

This is a free program, but registration is encouraged. To register, click here!

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, November 10, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $25; museum members are $20; children 6 to 17 are $17.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Henry Cohn on "A Challenging Inheritance: The Fate of Mark Twain's Will"

Wednesday, November 29, 5:00 p.m. reception, 5:30 p.m. talk

Mark Twain died in Connecticut in 1910. What lessons can we draw from his will?

At our Nov. 29 "Trouble Begins" event, Superior Court Judge Henry Cohn will provide a “legal history” of that will and a subsequent will of his daughter, Clara Clemens. 

These wills illuminate aspects of the complex relationships in the Clemens family.  The lecture will also highlight Twain’s financial successes and the emergence of the Mark Twain Foundation and the Mark Twain Papers & Project at the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley --institutions that stem from provisions set forth in Twain’s will.

Henry Cohn has been a Connecticut Superior Court judge and later a judge trial referee for a total of 20 years.  He is the co-author of The Great Hartford Circus Fire: Creatove Settlement of Mass Disasters (Yale, 1991)

An avid scholar of the politics and legal history of Mark Twain's era, he has researched the life of Twain's neighbor Joseph R. Hawley, a significant figure in national politics in the 19th century, and published on Hawley in The Mark Twain Journal.

Judge Cohn has given two prior talks in the series, one on Hawley and Twain and the other on the Jaffa Pilgrims, refugees from a failed religious colony in the Mideast whom Twain encountered and described in The Innocents Abroad.

The event is free, but pre-registration is suggested. Click here to register!

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# The 37th Annual Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum House Tour

Sunday, December 3, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum will hold its 37th annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Along with several private homes, the tour will feature Mark Twain's 19-room home at 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford and the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Austin House at 131 Scarborough Street in Hartford. The private homes will be decorated festively and will feature live music and floral arrangements. The Mark Twain House will be decorated for a late 19th century Christmas.

To purchase tickets, please call 1-860-280-3130 or click here. Advance tickets are $30 each and will be $35 each on the day of the tour.

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, December 8, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $25; museum members are $20; children 6 to 17 are $17.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Live Radio Play

Saturday, December 9, TWO SHOWS!  2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

wonderful life radio theater

Herstory Theater & The Mark Twain House & Museum present:

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry

George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel, and grumpy old Mr. Potter are turning Hartford into Bedford Falls this year!  The classic holiday film springs to life in a fun radio-show performance, complete with a sound-effects artist!

The Mark Twain House & Museum Lincoln Financial Auditorium

Produced by Special Arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

 

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children.

Click HERE to reserve your seats!

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