Thrasher-Horne Center is proud to present one of the longest running shows in theatre history, legendary actor Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight!” will be on stage for one night only. With over 2,256 performances, this one-man show is currently in its 62nd. consecutive year. “It is an honor to add Thrasher-Horne Center to the list of venues who have presented the legendary Hal Holbrook,” said Thrasher-Horne Center Executive Director Denton Yockey. “His ‘Mark Twain Tonight’ is as funny and contemporary today as it was when it first began decades ago.”
It could be said that Hal Holbrook comes as close to the early American touring actors – Joseph Jefferson, Edwin Booth, and James O’Neill – as anyone on the stage today. While 2016 is the 62nd consecutive year for this one-man show, it has never stopped evolving. Holbrook has developed over fifteen hours of Twain selections to choose from, cutting through the chorus of opinions today with a voice soaked in humor and history as it happened over a century ago.
Ninety-one year-old Hal Holbrook has aged but his Mark Twain has not. “He keeps me fired up, asking questions,” said Holbrook. The show was developed in a Greenwich Village nightclub in 1956, landed on the Ed Sullivan show and opened off-Broadway in 1959. In 1966, Holbrook won a Tony Award on Broadway in a return engagement of “Mark Twain Tonight!” and was seen by 30 million people in a ninety-minute CBS television special. By this time Holbrook was an actor of many roles and disguises, with 12 Emmy Award nominations on television and over 40 feature films including Magnum Force, All the President’s Men, Wall Street, Water for Elephants, Lincoln and Sean Penn’s Into The Wild for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
“Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight”
DATE: Fri. Apr.22, 2016 TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive
Orange Park, FL 32065
TICKETS: start at $43 – $63 and may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Discounts are available for groups of 12+ (15% discount), or 40+ (20% discount). The Thrasher-Horne Center is a not-for profit performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College. It is located on the Orange Park campus.