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Alumni News: Class Years 1970-1979

Jewel (74) Portrays Mark Twain

Wednesday, September 30, 2009   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristy Collins
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Mark Twain at Large is Ron Jewell's (74)  full-length one-man tour de force that seemingly channels the seventy-plus year old Clemens one stormy night from his home in Connecticut called Stormfield. Racing in from the thunderous rains Clemens a.k.a. Twain invites the audience, his imaginary captured guests, into his private study for an intimate face-to-face conversation filled with stories and anecdotes taken directly from the literary pages. Jewell's performance is personable and touching, and delivered as if the humorist is telling the tall tales and yarns for the first time. Then as quickly as they came the rains stop, his guests are finally given an opportunity to escape and the charismatic philosopher sends them out into the night. The audience will believe they have actually spent the evening with the real Twain.

It was in the spring of 1974 that Jewell first donned a white suit and tried on the likeness of America's greatest humorist, Samuel Clemens. In those days the characterization lasted just a few minutes, but it wasn't long before Jewell found himself on the road touring full-time as his alter ego, Mark Twain. The repertoire has expanded and Jewell has completed some 2000 plus appearances in over half the states of the US. 

Jewell is currently the director of the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center in Bartlett, Tenn. For more on his work, click here.


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