100 Years After His Death, Mark Twain Lives Again at TwainFest at Fiesta de Reyes

July 19, 2010

–The Father of American Literature Comes to Old Town —

Celebrate your family’s love of literature at TwainFest, an all-day festival celebrating Mark Twain and other popular writers of the 19th century.  Presented by Write Out Loud, Fiesta de Reyes and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, TwainFest will be held August 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The free event will be held at multiple venues within the state park.

The festival marks the 100th year of Mark Twain’s passing and will celebrate the American author as well as some of his peers. Excerpts from famous works will be read aloud by costumed San Diego actors at a variety of park venues throughout the day.

“This event will include readings by professional actors, music, activities for kids, games, fun and food for the entire family, all tied to the literature of the beloved author, Mark Twain,” said Write Out Loud executive director, Walter Ritter.

Mark Twain for Kids will be presented in Seeley Stables, Garden of Literary Delights will be served, along with complimentary tea, in the Casa de Estudillo, Prof. Pudd’nhead & Co. puppets will grace the outdoor Fiesta de Reyes stage, abridged Shakespeare will be presented by Cygnet Theatre’s Storytelling on the Green troupe and a 19th century-style Séance will bring departed writers ‘to the table’ so to speak.

In addition to Twain, works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allan Poe and others will be read aloud. 

Literary games including “Fish for Words, Chortle This and Telegraph Crunch” will delight the entire family, as well as sack races, marbles, ring toss and other games of the period for the kids.  A spelling bee will run throughout the day as well as a community-wide Never Ending Story to which anyone who wishes may contribute.

TwainFest will be held concurrently with Stagecoach Days, a fun and educational celebration of life and traditions of the 1800s that is held in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park every Saturday in July and August.

Twainfest is produced by Write Out Loud, Fiesta de Reyes, and the state park, with additional sponsorship by Geppetto’s Toys, Cygnet Theater, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Old Town Gift Company, Rolling Readers, Playwrights Project, and Wild Threads Embroidery.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is at San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street in San Diego and is conveniently located next to the Old Town Transit Center, with Coaster, Trolley, and MTS bus service.  For more information about Twain Fest visit www.writeoutloudsd.com or call 619-297-8953.

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One Response to “100 Years After His Death, Mark Twain Lives Again at TwainFest at Fiesta de Reyes”

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