Shows by Dwane

MARK TWAIN: AMERICA’S FAVORITE
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the "greatest humorist the United States has produced,"[2] and William Faulkner called him "the father of American literature". His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), the latter often called "The Great American Novel". Come hear him recreated as he ambles through his long & productive life.

COUPLES: TWO HEARTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!
Perfect around Valentine’s Day & for two people in love.
Three short sketches that show l'amour de ma vie = love of my life.
“The Death of the Hired Man” by Robert Frost
“Rosalie” by Marilyn Bennett
“Adapted from The Diaries of Adam and Eve” by Mark Twain

Tis The Season!
Traces the transition from Saint Nicholas to our modern Santa or Father Christmas through word & song. Rewarding and never boring; Adept at either “Ho Ho Ho” as well as “Bah Humbug!” Happy Holidays!

Season Greetings from Scrooge
Ebenezer Scrooge was an unpopular, grumpy, elderly British male human. He was a banker, and a usurious moneylender. He worked at a counting house. He was disgusted by the poor and praised workhouses. And he hated Christmas! During the night before Christmas, 1843, Scrooge was visited by four spirits, who showed him that he hadn't always been so miserable, that he should love Christmas, and that his actions have massive consequences, and if he didn't change his ways, it would be all the worse for him! Ever since that night, Scrooge has been the most wonderful person. He was always merry, and always cheerful.

Drawing from Dickens' great and popular work, “A Christmas Carol,” A unique one-man show that tells the often-repeated story of this literary master.

Also available as a five-part presentation featuring Dickens’ assortment of Christmas Ghost Stories.

Robert Frost-An American Poet:
In character as the celebrated poet, this one-man show examines the life, work and times of Robert Frost, winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and United States Poet Laureate, 1958-1959. He was the first poet to speak at a Presidential Inauguration. What’s your favorite Frost poem?

Walter Cronkite: “The Most Trusted Man in America”:
Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of a Moon-rock award. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is," followed by the date on which the appearance aired.

Men of Will (Shakespeare)
Delves into Shakespeare’s characters & speeches including Iago, Hamlet, Claudius, Macbeth, and Prospero, some of the most interesting and complex characters of his works. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His writings are considered along with the King James Bible to be the bedrock of the English Language.

Tea with Santa
Santa is comin’ to town… for tea! Spend time meeting Santa, posing for photos with Saint Nick, singing carols, reading stories, and playing games. Available either virtually or in person.

Trash or Treasure?
Exhausted from the trials & tribulations of down-sizing? Curious as to whether what you kept or gave away in the past was valuable or not? Discover how to downsize and how to decide what to toss or keep those mementos! HE EXPLORES THE WORLD OF KEEPSAKES AND MEMENTOS AS WELL AS DETERMINE WHETHER WHAT TO LOOK FOR. PLEASE BRING & SHARE YOUR SOUVENIRS, KEEPSAKES OR COLLECTIBLES FOR EXAMINATION, DISCUSSION & REVIEW.

John Philip Kazousa
On August 9, 2010, the San Francisco Giants hosted a Jerry Garcia tribute night, in which an ensemble of an estimated 9,000 kazooists played Take Me Out to the Ball Game. The kazoo is an American musical instrument that adds a buzzing quality to a player's voice when the player vocalizes, hums, or blows into it. Similar hide-covered vibrating and voice-changing instruments have been used in Africa for hundreds of years, often for ceremonial purposes. Strike up Kazousa’s band with the audience providing the sounds via their complimentary kazoos. Keep Calm & Kazoo on!

The Trials of Clarence Darrow
Come hear the premier American barrister of the first third of the 20th Century recall how he defended over 100 defendants without losing one to the gallows. His trials during that time included the Scopes as well as the Leopold-Loeb.

Joseph Henry: First Secretary of the Smithsonian & American Scientist
Joseph Henry served as Secretary of the Smithsonian from December 8, 1846 until he died on 13 May 1878, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in the Georgetown section of northwest Washington, D.C. He was highly regarded during his lifetime. Henry developed the electromagnet into a practical device. He invented a precursor to the electric doorbell (specifically a bell that could be rung at a distance via an electric wire, 1831) and electric relay (1835).

Proctor's Washington
John Clagett Proctor, LLD was a historian, poet, genealogist & writer who lived his entire life in Washington, DC (1867-1956). He earned a law degree from the National University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1894. Active in several DC organizations, he wrote articles for The Sunday Star newspaper from 1928 until the early 1950s as “Proctor's Washington and Environs.”

Origin of "Taps"
During the Civil War, in July 1862 when the Army of the Potomac was in camp, Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield summoned Private Oliver Wilcox Norton, his brigade bugler, to his tent. Butterfield, who disliked the colorless "extinguish lights" call then in use, whistled a new tune, and asked the bugler to sound it for him. After repeated trials and changing the time of some notes which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit Gen. Butterfield and used for the first time that night. Hear Norton, who on several occasions, had sounded numerous new calls composed by his commander, recalled his experience of the origin of "Taps" years later as well as other notable events of the 19th Century.

Their Final Say
Walter Cronkite, an American broadcast journalist who served as anchorman for the CBS Evening News.. For several year prior he hosted the CBS program You Are There, which reenacted historical events, using the format of a news report.[9] His famous last line for these programs was: "What sort of day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times ... and you were there." Enjoy a takeoff on this premise as he narrates the last words of the famous.

The Last Salute
General of the Armies John J. Pershing, then the nation's highest ranking military official, died on 15 July 1948, at the age of eighty-seven, at the Army's Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, D.C. He had been a patient there since 6 May 1941, residing in a small wing set aside for him. Hear “Black Jack” recount his long & unique life.

He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery and had selected a small hill in a southeastern section of the cemetery as his gravesite that sloped away to a level plot containing the graves of hundreds of men whom he had commanded in World War I. A military man for sixty-six years & a graduate of West Point.

The Martyr President: Our Grief and Our Duty

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. John George Butler was ordained in 1848, becoming pastor of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. in 1849, where he served for twenty-four years. He was one of the first regimental and hospital chaplains appointed by President Abraham Lincoln at the outbreak of the American Civil War. He also served as chaplain to George Atzerodt, one of Lincoln's assassins, assuring him of divine compassion even to the gallows. At the end of the war he returned to Washington and was elected Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives. Following President Lincoln assassination Reverend Butler delivers this powerful elegy.