Val Kilmer brings to life what many consider America’s greatest storyteller and first standup comedian, Mark Twain, in his one man show Citizen Twain. Kilmer's hilarious, raucous portrayal of Twain positions the character as a reluctant, recalcitrant, and downright defiant prophet whose undeniable skills as a story-teller and wordsmith compels the Almighty to call upon Twain to deliver a Sermon on Love to help us through our daily challenges. Kilmer's Twain aggressively attempts to escape the responsibility of the Almighty's calling only to find himself thwarted at every turn by divine interventions that range from slapstick to sublime. Not even Mark Twain, it seems, can avoid his eternal fate. “Val Kilmer brings to remarkable life one of the greatest legends of all time and we are honored to have him here,” says Ann E. Warham, Artistic Director at Laguna Playhouse.
Kilmer workshopped the piece at the Pasadena Playhouse, Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA and the Wyly Theatre in Dallas before bringing it to Laguna. “It's a unique experiment,” explains Kilmer. “We're developing CITIZEN TWAIN without the benefit of a home theater, which is a challenge, so we're going to where the audiences are. Mark Twain traveled the world sharing his love of America and humanity, and part of discovering Twain is to do that with this show.”
Citizen Twain is at Laguna Playhouse for a limited five show engagement between November 21 and November 24, 2013. Every performance of Citizen Twain concludes with an audience talkback while the actor has his extensive make-up removed in full view, and select tickets are also available which include a backstage meet and greet with the actor.
All tickets are $65 (post show reception with Mr. Kilmer are $90) and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com