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Six by Twain:

Plays from the Short Stories of Mark Twain

The plays can be previewed and downloaded at Drama Notebook.

Production History

"The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg"

--Te Awamutu Little Theatre, Te Awamutu, New Zealand, October 19-29, 2023. Production.

"The Burglar Alarm" An adaptation of "The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm"

--Ludong University, Yantei, China, June, 2024. Production.

--Grantley College, Johannesburg, South Africa, November, 2019. Production. 

--Shovel Town Ten-Minute Play Festival, North Easton, MA, September, 2017. Production.

"Snowbound"  An adaptation of "Cannibalism in the Cars"

--Grantley College, Johannesburg, South Africa, November, 2019. Production. 

--Rosseau Lake College, Muskoka, Ontario, April, 2019. Production.

"Learn German With Ollendorff!"  An adaptation of Meisterschaft 

--Center for Performing Arts, Bonita Springs, Florida, November, 2019. Staged reading.

"Buck Fanshaw's Funeral"  An adaptation of chapter 47 of Roughing It

--Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre, Geneva, NY, August 2021. Production.

--The Never Sweats, St. Charles Hotel, Carson City, Nevada, April, 2018. Staged reading.

"Her Worst Enemy"  An adaptation of "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut" 

--The Valley Players TenFest, Waitsfield, Vermont, August, 2017. Production. 

--Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase, Flagstaff, Arizona, September, 2016. Staged reading.

"Adam and Eve" An adaptation of "Extracts from Adam's Diary" and "Eve's Diary" 

--Webster Groves High School, St. Louis, Missouri, March, 2017. Production. 

--Warner International Playwrights Festival in Torrington, Connecticut, October, 2016. Production.

Three of the plays had a staged reading by the MonteCedro Theatre Group, Altadena, CA, summer 2018.

Three of the plays had a reading at the Mark Twain Quadrennial Conference at Elmira College, Elmira, NY, August, 2017. 

Five plays had a staged reading, in French, at "Caractères," a literary festival in Auxerre, France, May, 2017. Two local community theater companies presented the plays. 

Six plays had a staged reading at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut, November, 2016. Chris Bushey directed a cast of community theater actors from central Connecticut. 


Clockwise from the top left: Warner International Playwrights Festival; Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase; Mark Twain House and Museum; Auxerre, France; the Shovel Town Ten-Minute Play Festival; Mark Twain Quadrennial Conference, Elmira, NY; Grantley College, Johannesburg (2). (Photos, in same order, by Luke Haughwout, Marie Cummins, Anon., Pascal Arnac-Pautrel, Victoria Kirichok, Irene Wong, Lesley Visser [2].)

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