Hal Holbrook To Be Honored At Mark Twain House In Hartford

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Hal Holbrook, the Tony, Emmy Award winning (and Oscar-nominated) actor will be in Hartford later this month when the Mark Twain House & Museum dedicates its Great Hall at its museum center in honor of the actor who has spent more than 60 years playing the author in the solo show, "Mark Twain Tonight!"

Holbrook presented his show at the house in 1956 for a fundraiser for the facility.

At 87, Holbrook is still active, performing the stage show as well as acting in films such as the upcoming "Lincoln". Last year he published his memoir, "Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain."

Holbrook returns to the Mark Twain House on Sunday, Nov. 25 for "Hal Holbrook, Himself," a celebration of the ctor's career and which the  center will dedicate its Great Hall as "Hal Holbrook Hall."

 NPR's "Morning Edition and Front and Center with Ray Hardman" will lead a conversation with the actor at 3 p.m.; at 4 p.m. the hall will be re-dedicated; a reception follows with Holbrook and Hardman. At 5 p.m., Holbrook will sign copies of his autobiography.

Holbrook performed his first version of "Mark Twain Tonight" in 1954 at Pennsylvania's Lock Haven State College, according to the center. He presented the show off-Broadway in 1959 and on Broadway in 1966, 1977 and 2005. He continues to perform the show around the country in theaters and on college campuses.

Holbrook has visited the Mark Twain House in Hartford regularly, according to the center, performing the show as a benefit in 2010, which was the Centennial of Twain's death.

Holbrook played the Stage Manager in the Hartford Stage production of "Our Town" several years ago, before bowing out of the show bnecauise of illness.

Tickets are $100 and seating is limited.

Information: 860-280-3130 and www.marktwainhouse.org.

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