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Mark Twain comes to town

For their first production of 2002, The Gingerbread Players of St. Luke’s present guest artist William Lawrence as Mark Twain. Lawrence brings to life America’s favorite author, humorist and storyteller, as he performs excerpts from Twain’s novels and autobiography. Performances are Saturday evening, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. The suggested contribution is $10, with groups of 6 or more at $8.

Lawrence is a favorite performer and teacher at Elder Hostels across the country, where he has performed one-man shows and taught courses devoted to Robert Frost, Benjamin Disraeli, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman and Ernest Hemingway. A retired teacher of English, drama and journalism, Lawrence has also acted in productions in Long Island’s leading regional theaters.

Throughout the balance of the year, the Gingerbread Players will offer its usual eclectic mix of comedy, drama and music. In February the Doc Wallace Trio will perform a country cabaret of Texas-style contest fiddling. In April, for their 31st annual musical, the Gingerbreaders have chosen Uncle King Arthur. June will see a recreation of Orson Welles’ terrifying 1938 radio broadcast, “The War of the Worlds.” In September, pianist Erica Laszlo and cellist Joachim Voitune return for another recital, and in November they will perform “Much Ado About Nothing,” their third Shakespeare production.

Season subscribers can attend five productions and see the fifth free. (The Doc Wallace Trio is not part of the subscription series.) Subscriptions and tickets to each production are available at our website or by calling 718-793-2236.

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