Six by Twain:

Plays from the Short Stories of Mark Twain

The plays can be previewed and downloaded at Drama Notebook.

Production History

"Learn German With Ollendorff!"

--Center for Performing Arts, Bonita Springs, Florida, scheduled for November 8, 2019. Staged reading.


--Rosseau Lake College, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, April 13, 2019. Production. An adaptation of "Cannibalism in the Cars."

"Buck Fanshaw's Funeral"

--The Never Sweats, St. Charles Hotel, Carson City, Nevada, April 27, 2018. Staged reading. An adaptation of chapter 47 of Roughing It.

"The Burglar Alarm"

--Shovel Town Ten-Minute Play Festival, North Easton, MA, Sept. 15-16, 2017. Production. An adaptation of "The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm."

"Her Worst Enemy"

--The Valley Players TenFest, Waitsfield, Vermont, August 17-20, 2017. Production. An adaptation of "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut." 

--Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase, Flagstaff, Arizona, Sept. 9-11, 2016. Staged reading.

"Adam and Eve"

--Webster Groves High School, St. Louis, Missouri, March 1, 2017. Production. An adaptation of "Extracts from Adam's Diary" and "Eve's Diary." 

--Warner International Playwrights Festival in Torrington, Connecticut, October 15, 2016. Production.


Two of the plays are scheduled for production at Grantley College, Johannesburg, South Africa, December, 2019.

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 4, 2017. 

Five plays had a staged reading, in French, at "Caractères," an international literary festival in Auxerre, France, May 19-21, 2017. Two local community theater companies presented the plays. 

Six plays had a staged reading at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut, on November 30, 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; Mark Twain Quadrennial Conference, Elmira, NY; the Shovel Town Ten-Minute Play Festival. (Photos, in same order, by Luke Haughwout, Marie Cummins, anon., Pascal Arnac-Pautrel, Irene Wong, Victoria Kirichok.)