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Hal Holbrook channels Mark Twain this weekend in Reno

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In “Mark Twin Tonight!” award-winning actor Hal Holbrook breathes life into the legendary author in one of the most successful one-man shows in American Theater history. Audiences will have the chance to witness the historic performance when “Mark Twain Tonight!” comes to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno for one performance only at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $60 and additional service fees may apply. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.pioneercenter.com and at the Pioneer Center Box Office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or Charge-By-Phone at 1-877-639-3728.

The idea for “Mark Twin Tonight!” originated out of a characterization that was part of Holbrook’s college honors project. His first solo performance as Mark Twain began in 1954 at a nightclub in Greenwich Village. He first gained national television exposure after being spotted at one of his performances by Ed Sullivan. This led to an off-Broadway run followed by an engagement at the Great White Way that earned Holbrook a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1966.

During the course of his one-man show, Holbrook reads excerpts from some of Twain’s most famous works, and offers the author’s point of view on subjects ranging from prejudice, politics, religion, and human history. As Holbrook states, “What (Twain) had to say over a hundred years ago is more powerful today.”