GRANT & TWAIN
Barrington Stage Co. - 5/11/2019
We are pleased to announce that Barrington Stage Company is presenting a staged reading of “Grant & Twain,” by playwright Elizabeth Diggs. This presentation is part of their Playworks Weekend, a new works initiative. The one-time-only event takes place on Saturday, May 11th at 2PM, and will be brought to life by seasoned actors including Victor Slezak as U.S. Grant and Kevin O’Rourke as Mark Twain. It is directed by Regge Life.
BSC believes that new work is the heart and soul of theatre. And, in order to thrive and create meaningful experiences for audiences, it is essential to support playwrights and their visions. Join us in the continuing evolution of this award-winning* work. Seating is limited.
*Recipient of the Edgerton Grant for New American Plays
At age 62, Ulysses Grant is bankrupted in a Wall Street Swindle. His only hope to restore his honor and save his family is an offer to write his memoirs of the war. News of Grant's calamity brings his friend, Mark Twain, to his side. Twain is infuriated by the terms offered by the prestigious publisher. He makes an audacious proposal: he will publish Grant's book and make it the biggest best-seller in American history. When Grant finally agrees to Twain's offer, he is diagnosed with terminal cancer and writes in a race with death.