Sat., Jan. 24, 2015, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Show starts at 7pm
Tickets are $25 Advance / $30 Day of Show | BUY TICKETS
A stunning one-man theatrical tour de force that introduces us to the 70-plus-year-old Twain on a stormy night in his Connecticut home. Racing in from thunderous rains, he invites the audience into his study for an intimate conversation filled with stories and anecdotes taken directly from Twain’s writings. Jewell’s performance has been hailed across the country as “personable and touching,” as critics and audience members alike have delighted in his retelling of Twain’s tall tales.
It was in the spring and fall of 1974 that Ron Jewell first donned a white suit and tried on the likeness of America’s greatest humorist, Samuel Clemens. In those days the characterization lasted just a few minutes, but it wasn’t long before Jewell found himself on the road touring full-time as his alter ego, Mark Twain. That first stage tour lasted over 30 weeks and included some 300 performances throughout the Midwest. Since those days, the repertoire has expanded and Ron has completed some 2000+ appearances in over half the states of the US. Many still call upon the “Missouri Wit” for a variety of conventions and theatrical presentations.
Ron graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with degree work in Theatre, Business and English. As an actor, Jewell has worked in dinner theatre, summer-stock and film, and has regularly performed in trade and industrial shows with and without the Twain persona. Additionally he enjoyed several teaching opportunities working with high school students in various theatre and communication programs.
Since the late 70’s, Ron broadened his artistic work to include the area of Arts Management with an emphasis in public relations and marketing for the arts. Five years in New York City culminated in a partnership with a public relations firm specializing in marketing efforts for various entertainment and cultural arts clientele including Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres, dance companies, classical music performers and visual artists. Returning home to Memphis in the early 80’s, a career in entertainment continued, initially in marketing for Opera Memphis then as Entertainment Director for The Peabody Hotel. A ten-year stay as the first Marketing Director for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra followed. Finally he came to the City of Bartlett in 1994 to develop and open the city’s new Performing Arts and Conference Center.
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