Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain

Morton Memorial Library and Community Room

A Theatrical Narrative by Joe Baer to benefit Rhinebeck Grange #896

June 7, 8, 14, 15, 2019, 8pm,

Sunday matinee, June 16, 2019, 2pm

If you enjoy history and story-telling with a satirical twist, you won’t want to miss Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain, to benefit the Rhinebeck Grange

During the 2nd and 3rd weekends of June, the Rhinebeck Grange #896 will present, Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain, a new one-man show written and performed by Joe Baer, at the Morton Memorial Library and Community Room.

So what does Mark Twain, writer, satirist, story-teller, have in common with this day and age? Everything! One, Ernest Hemingway once said that “all of American literature could be traced back to Mark Twain.” Two, Twain, circa 1900, boldly branded himself with his personal style of a white suit, white unruly hair and a cigar long before it was fashionable to engage in such pomposity. And three, Twain publicly skewered, the powerful, mocked the pious and helped a growing nation face its flaws with vinegar and wit. Now what late-night talk show host doesn’t ascribe to that?

In his newest one-man show, Joe Baer portrays Samuel Clemens near the end of his career, to present a nostalgic look back through time; starting from his rural roots in small town, Missouri, to his International acclaim. This narrative performance highlights the pinnacles and ebbs of this iconic American figure against a historical background.

Joe Baer is long-time Rhinecliff resident, actor, (Love Letters, (2017), (Christmas Carol (2016), Clarence Darrow,(2015), Camelot (2013), Vince Dirango (2011, 2012) writer and Emmy-Award winning lighting director. He is also an active member of the Rhinebeck Grange. Says Baer,“I enjoy the challenge of working the stage alone to present significant historic figures in their finest moments. As author of Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain, I chose the format of a theatrical lecture, a style I imagine Twain would have used to present in his time.”

The event premiers on Friday, June 7 and runs June 8, 14 and 15 at 8pm, with a Sunday Matinee, June 16.  The price of admission includes a festive array of Southern treats before and at intermission. A Twain-themed basket raffle will run through the show dates.

This event benefits Rhinebeck Grange #896, a family-based community organization with a civic mission serving the communities of Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Tivoli, Rock city and West Milan. Fund-raising supports Grange efforts to offer educational programs, scholarships, and implement service projects such as planting trees, assisting food pantries, and quality social interactions. Rhinebeck Grange welcomes new members interested in continuing their legacy of service. To learn more, visit http://www.RhinebeckGrange.org or call Cynthia Baer at 845.876.5738

If you enjoy history and contextual story-telling, you won’t want to miss Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain, a one-man show written and performed by Joe Baer. June 7,8, 14, 15 & 16 at Morton Memorial Library and Community Room. Doors open one-half hour before the show. Reservations are encouraged as seating is limited. General seating. Tickets are available at the door $15.00 per person/ Senior discount $12.00 per person for 65 +. (Enter promo code: SENIOR on-line). One intermission with concessions and basket raffle. Order on-line tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4226888  Group discounts available for ten or more. For more information call Cynthia Baer, 845-489-1099.

Tickets also available at the door $14.00 per person/ Senior discount $12.00 per person (65 +) Enter promo code: SENIOR on-line. One intermission with concessions and basket raffle.

This event benefits the Rhinebeck Grange #896, a family-based community organization serving the communities of Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Tivoli, Rock city and West Milan. Fund-raising supports Grange efforts to offer educational programs, implement service projects such as planting trees, and funding food pantries and offer quality social interactions. Rhinebeck Grange welcomes new members interested in continuing their legacy of service. For show information call 845-489-1099.

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