Val Kilmer as Batman, OK.
Val Kilmer as Moses, all right.
Val Kilmer as Mark Twain, well now...
The actor turned to the Mark Twain House & Museum and spent much time in Hartford to research his solo show where Kilmer plays the celebrated author.
"Citizen Twain," which the actor wrote, directed, and stars opens this month at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Kilmer stage work consists of playing Moses on stage in "The Ten Commandments: The Spectacle Musical " and some Off-Broadway roles. He has been developing the Twain piece for several years.
The production, conceived by Kilmer, plays March 23-25 and March 30-April 1.
According to press notes: The show “delves into the heart and soul of Samuel Clemens and conjures forth the great spirit of Mark Twain, America’s greatest storyteller. Deeply entertaining, with great wit, song and prose, the play weaves Twain’s biographical themes into a play that proclaims and takes joy in the marvel of words, which, as Twain says in the play, ‘Form the ladder to my heaven.’ Storytelling was a lifeline for Twain, and in Kilmer’s Citizen Twain, this lifeline continues into and after Twain’s death, making it an appropriate choice to perform the show in The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.”
Hal Holbrook first created the one-man play about the author, " Mark Twain Tonight!," in the '50s and continues to perform the role.
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