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Val Kilmer stars as Mark Twain in a one-man show

Val Kilmer as Mark Twain in his one-man show
Val Kilmer as Mark Twain in his one-man show
Val Kilmer as Mark Twain in his one-man show
Val Kilmer at KPCC.
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Val Kilmer has spent the last three years of his life thinking about Mark Twain. The result is a one-man play written by and starring Kilmer as the famous writer. The play, “Citizen Twain,” began its run at the Pasadena Playhouse on Wednesday and will continue through next week. Kilmer is known for his extensive filmography and the nuances he brings to his characters.

For this play, Kilmer was particularly interested in how Twain attempted to discover himself and his viewpoints through writing. Kilmer calls this a character study of Twain, but also interprets Twain’s relationship with Mary Baker Eddy. Although Twain and Eddy never met, Twain publicly criticized and admired her work.

What made Kilmer interested in Mark Twain? What did he learn about Twain and his relationship with Eddy? What’s Kilmer’s experience writing, directing, and starring in this one-man play?

Also, what does Kilmer think about Ben Affleck as the new Batman?



Val Kilmer, Actor starring in “Citizen Twain” at the Pasadena Playhouse; Kilmer is a Grammy-nominated actor known for his roles in Top Gun, The Doors, Tombstone, Batman Forever, Heat, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and more.

“Citizen Twain” is running at the Pasadena Playhouse until August 30th. To buy tickets and for more information on the VIP Meet & Greet Pass with Val Kilmer, click here.