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November 18, 2023 to November 18, 2023

Main Stage Theater

with Ryan Clemens

Who is that famous, funny, old fellow with wild hair and the mustache in the white suit? Why it’s Samuel L. Clemens – also known as Mark Twain – here to tell tales of his life and great works. Actor Ryan Clemens, a relative of Mark Twain (pen name of writer Samuel L. Clemens), brings to life the celebrated American author and humorist in this theatrical and engaging performance. In addition to sharing stories from Twain’s boyhood, Ryan Clemens tells how Twain got his penname on the Mississippi and offers humorous insights behind his classic stories. Audiences love watching Ryan Clemens deftly transform into the varied characters of Twain’s world – his performance will show you why Twain’s wit and wisdom remain poignant and laugh-out-loud funny today!

A Z Ticket Bank, FREE Family Time performance provided by Arts for Learning. Funding for this performance comes from Virginia Arts and Humanities Commission, Helen G. Gifford Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.
Ryan Clemens is a performing and teaching artist who has written and performed as Virginia Stage Company’s Resident Theatre Artist. He has also spent several seasons performing with both the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg and Tidewater Stage in Virginia Beach, and he hones his improv skills as a member of Plan B Comedy. His great passion has always been sharing the wit and wisdom of his famous relative, Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain). Ryan holds a BA in Theatre from Western Washington University and an MFA in Acting from Regent University. As a theatre professor at Old Dominion University and the Governor’s School for the Arts, he has offered his knowledge and techniques to students of the performing arts.