Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Val Kilmer in Citizen Twain in Pasadena Aug. 21-24

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director), announced today that it will present Val Kilmer in CITIZEN TWAIN for a five-show limited engagement. Val Kilmer, famous for his portrayals of iconic characters such as Jim Morrison (The Doors), Doc Holliday (Tombstone) and Batman (Batman Forever), inhabits the spirit of yet another legendary figure: Mark Twain. Kilmer continues to develop CITIZEN TWAIN, a solo show about the man considered to be the world's greatest storyteller, with this five performance extension at The Playhouse, August 21 – 24, 2013.  The production continues throughSunday, July 28 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

This theatrical presentation uniquely explores Clemens’ journey to acceptance, forgiveness, and enlightenment through the scope of his writings, and the self-reflection and engagement inspired by his relationship with Mary Baker Eddy. Eddy's writings, late in Clemens' life, served as a catalyst to his aspirations and seeking of his best self.

This play, as written by Kilmer, illuminates the depth of Mark Twain's fiction and regards it as a striving for divine truth, an entirely overlooked dimension of his yearning. Kilmer's hilarious, raucous portrayal of Twain, positions the character as a reluctant, recalcitrant, and downright defiant prophet whose undeniable skills as a story-teller and wordsmith compels the Almighty to call upon Twain to deliver a Sermon on Love, to help us through our daily challenges.

Kilmer's Twain aggressively attempts to escape the responsibility of the Almighty's calling, only to find himself thwarted at every turn by divine interventions that range from slapstick to sublime. Not even Mark Twain, it seems, can avoid his eternal fate.

Kilmer already workshopped the piece at various venues including the current Kirk Douglas Theatre engagement in Culver City, the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA and the Wyly Theatre in Dallas, among others.

Every performance of CITIZEN TWAIN concludes with an audience talkback while the actor has his extensive make-up removed in full view, and select tickets are also available which include a backstage meet and greet with the actor.

This production contains the following: Profanity, stage smoke and fog, the sound of gunfire, and mature content.

CITIZEN TWAIN continues at the Kirk Douglas Theatre through Sunday, July 28. For tickets and information, and updates about additional venues, please visit www.valkilmer.com.  Tickets are also on sale by phone at 213-972-4488 and in person at the Center Theatre Group box office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles) or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to performances.

CITIZEN TWAIN will play August 21 – 24, 2013, at The Pasadena Playhouse. Single ticket prices are $30.00 - $75.00.  A Meet and Greet with Val Kilmer following all performances is available for an additional $25.00 per person.  The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.  The performance schedule is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates.  On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday  Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Group Sales (8 or more people) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For more information, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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