Door County Performance: Big Read Brings One-Man Mark Twain Show to TAP

The Big Read returns to Door County for a second year, this time focusing on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 in the small town of Florida, Missouri. By 1900, he would be an international celebrity as both an author and lecturer.

In Parker Drew’s remarkable one-man show, Mark Twain Revisited, audiences once again have the opportunity to meet this true American treasure and to experience Twain’s brilliant and often thought-provoking observations of the human race. Since 1969, Drew has presented the program in its full-length version at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. Drew will perform at Third Avenue Playhouse, 239 N. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, on Saturday, January 17 at 3 and 7:30 pm.

Partially scripted and partially improvised for each performance, Mark Twain Revisited creates the illusion that Samuel Clemens himself stands before the audience, spinning tales that are at once brilliantly funny and profoundly wise. Mr. Twain may expound on his disdain for doctors, lawyers and politicians one moment and in the next deliver a touching portrait of our forgotten childhood dreams. The result is a tour-de-force performance that you will remember long after your laughter has faded away.

Mark Twain Revisited is presented as part of The Big Read program with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission is free. For more information call 920.743.1760 or visit