Due to illness, all Citizen Twain dates are being postponed. The shows will be rescheduled and tickets may be exchanged once new dates have been announced. Refunds available at point of purchase.
• All Ages Welcome
• Reserved, assigned seating
•Floor seats include a post show Meet & Greet Opportunity with Val Kilmer.
Val Kilmer (The Doors, Tombstone, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) comes to Center Stage as the country’s famed storyteller, first stand-up comedian and greatest satirist in this special one-weekend only event.
"This is a unique experiment,” explains Kilmer. “Mark Twain traveled the world sharing his love of America and humanity; part of my process in discovering Twain - complete with his humor and pathos - is to develop the show as he might have. This requires touring the work and not restricting this great figure to one theater or city. This play will land in everyone’s backyard, and I am looking forward to how America laughs and, hopefully, takes something deeper away from the evening.”
Exploring the famed author's wry humor - from politics to death, love, racism, money, and religion - Kilmer channels the wit and wisdom of America’s first stand-up comedian in a presentational style as much conversation as traditional theatre. Citizen Twain adopts Samuel Clemens’ writing and stage persona to track the satirist’s fictionalized journey to acceptance, forgiveness, and enlightenment through the scope of his writings - especially those critical of Mary Baker Eddy - whose work would serve as a catalyst for Twain’s aspirations and self-improvement later in his life.
“Twain’s reach as a thinker and conversationalist is shown to be virtually boundless in Kilmer’s play,” says novelist and essayist Walter Kirn. “Ranging from matters of science and technology to questions of morality and myth, and proving Twain correct in his assertion that he was not ‘an American’ at all - he was ‘the American.’” The actor’s raucous portrayal of Twain reveals a reluctant, recalcitrant, and downright defiant prophet whom the Almighty calls upon to deliver a sermon about truth and fiction that ranges from the utterly slapstick to the profoundly sublime.
Kilmer's fascination with the figure began while doing research for a film project entitled Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy. Famous for his fierce commitment to fully explore and inhabit every character he plays, Kilmer soon realized that, “The only way to understand Twain is when he's on his feet and talking.” He began experimenting last year, offering workshop performances around the country at venues including Disney Concert Hall, Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, the Wyly Theater in Dallas, and many others.
This workshop 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 meet and greet with the actor.
Additional Stage Information: www.ValKilmer.com
Additional Film Information: www.TwainEddyFilm.com
Val Kilmer graduated from Juilliard, where, when he was 17, he was the youngest actor ever accepted to the Drama Division. Ranked as one of the “Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time,” Val burst onto the Hollywood scene at age 24 as rock star Nick Rivers in the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker spy spoof, Top Secret. He starred in the cult classic Real Genius, then rocketed to international stardom playing the “Iceman” in Top Gun opposite Tom Cruise; rock legend Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors; and Doc Holliday in Tombstone.
An accomplished stage actor, he made his Broadway debut in the 1983 production of Slab Boys with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon. He appeared in Joseph Papp's Delacorte Theatre productions of Henry IV: Part One; As You Like It; Hamlet (in the title role); and ‘Tis Pity She's A Whore. He starred in the Max Azria produced musical The Ten Commandments as Moses at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. In 2005, he starred on London's West End in Andrew Rattenbury's stage adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Other memorable films include Batman Forever, The Saint, Michael Mann's Heat (with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino), Tony Scott's True Romance and The Island of Dr. Moreau (with Marlon Brando). Recent films include David Mamet's Spartan; Ric Roman Waugh's Felon, Déjà Vu; Kiss, Kiss Bang, Bang, written and directed by Shane Black and co-starring Robert Downey, Jr.; Millennium's Bad Lieutenant, directed by Werner Herzog; Streets of Blood, with Sharon Stone and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson; Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt; and Harmony Korine’s short, Lotus Community Workshop.