Holbrook's 'Mark Twain' show reaches 60th year
Apr. 02, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hal Holbrook is in the midst of a theater marathon.
This marks the 60th consecutive year Holbrook has staged his one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight," relating the satire and social commentary of the late writer and humorist to audiences today.
The 89-year-old actor has been playing Mark Twain solo since a 1954 assembly at Lock Haven State Teachers College in Pennsylvania. He has taken the show to Broadway, to the South during the civil rights era and on tour in Europe.
Ahead of Holbrook's stop at the National Theatre in Washington on Friday and Saturday, he says Twain has been the central current of his life.
This year he has added new material on the Bible, the labor movement and a number from "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."