Bay Village Community Theater celebrates Mark Twain’s 'Jumping Frog'

In 1865 the notorious American humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, wrote down a story he had heard in a California mining camp. "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” launched his career as an author and propelled him to fame and fortune. Bay Village Community Theater pays homage to this bit of American literary history with a staged reading of “Mark Twain & His Jumping Frog.”

Adapted by Preston Postle and directed by Mackenzie Barry, the reading features this famous Twain story along with material from Twain's journal and a speech he gave on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The reading features the talents of Neil Donnelly as Jim Smiley, Tim Jones as Simon Wheeler, Colleen Crowley as the Reporter and the Stranger, and Ben Saylor as Samuel Clemens.

Part of Bay Village Community Theater’s "All the World's a Stage[d Reading]" Series, performances are Saturday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m. at O'Neill Healthcare, 605 Bradley Road; and Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Parkside Hall, 468 Bradley Rd. Performances are free.

margaret hnat

volunteer for Bay Village Community Theater. Am also a former journalist for the Chronicle Telegram and a freelance writer and assistant professor of English at Tri-C.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.06.2019