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"Sam and Laura" a play by Ron Powers

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"Sam and Laura" a play by Ron Powers

Time: October 24, 2010 from 2pm to 4:30pm
Location: Amazing Things Arts Center
Street: 160 Hollis Street
City/Town: Framingham MA
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Phone: 508-408-2787
Event Type: a, staged, reading, of, new, play
Organized By: Libby Franck
Latest Activity: Oct 18, 2010

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Sam and Laura - Mark Twain's own love story

A chance encounter on a New Orleans dock in 1858 haunted the writer for the rest of his life... What better reason for a play, 'Sam and Laura' especially one written by an award winning Twain biographer, Ron Powers.

A new play...
the setting is the New Orleans riverfront in spring 1858. . .
a young girl, away from her family farm for the first time in her life. . .
a young Mississippi steamboat pilot destined for literary immortality. . .
an encounter and brief romance. . .
a yellow ribbon. . .
separation and heartbreak. . .
a lifetime of reunions played out in Dreams.

This year, 2010, is the hundredth anniversary of Twain's death, and the 175th anniversary of his birth on November 30, 1835. It is also the 125th year since 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' was published in America, in 1885.

It is a most fitting year, then, for Americans to get re-acquainted with the greatest writer this country has produced, and to gain new appreciation of his many-layered talents, passions, and especially his fascination with the world of dreams, which, he came to believe, is as genuine as the waking world.

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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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