Especially For Adults

#1: Catch The Twain

This internationally recognized program promotes an appreciation for humanity, education, and literacy.  An uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain’s stories and lecture series with a first-person Chautauqua-style audience question and answer session included.

As Mark Twain, Warren Brown “…bridges the lessons of history with the demands of contemporary living…” in the spirit of America’s greatest humorist.  Personally meeting the author prior to the show, prepares the audience for an experience they will always treasure.

Mark Twain said, “…. in reading from the book you are telling another person’s tale at secondhand; you are a mimic and not the person involved; you are an artificiality, not a reality; whereas in telling the tale without the book you absorb the character and presently become the man himself….”

#2: “The History of Science” as told by Mark Twain

Mark Twain said, “Inventors are the creators of the world–after God.” Another first-person Chautauqua-style program by Warren Brown a.k.a. Mark Twain. The written and spoken words of Samuel Clemens addressing the “History of Science.”

You will journey on water, land, and air sharing insights from the “Diaries of Adam and Eve” to friendships with inventors and thoughts about Galileo and Newton.

“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain.

#3: Water World – Through the eyes of Mark Twain

“Water taken in moderation cannot hurt anybody.” Yes Mark Twain wrote it. Visit the pristine and spectacular waterways of the world. Mark Twain traveled the globe between 1835 and 1910, writing and speaking of our most precious resource and its affect on mankind.

Scholar Warren Brown gives a particular twist to this first-person portrayal: from youthful water tales to worldly water sails, and a spectacular story of Twain’s court evidence saving a national water resource in 1940.

Mark’s mother said, “People born to be hanged are safe in water.”

#4: “A Humorous Encounter” or “Politics and Pie”

An Evening with Mark Twain and Will Rogers

As Mark Twain and Will Rogers, Warren Brown and Lance Brown bring you history, hilarity, rope tricks, wisdom, and mostly, the irrepressible spirits of America’s Greatest Humorists.

Learn the history of how and why Will Rogers and Mark Twain became the voice of the people. Each program includes a pre-show ‘meet and greet’ and a first-person question and answer session. Will and Mark banter fact and fiction, then conclude with news critiques of yesteryear and today.

“I am not an American. I am the American. “ – - Mark Twain

“I’m not a member of any organized political party…. I’m a Democrat!” – - Will Rogers

#5: The Private History Of A Campaign That Failed

– Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

“I could have become a soldier if I had waited; I knew more about retreating than the man who invented retreating.” – Mark Twain, 1885

Samuel L. Clemens speaks of exploits, prior, during, and after the Civil War. He shares reflections and comments of the conflict that pitted brother against brother and almost divided our country. Clemens was the next door neighbor to Harriet Beecher Stowe. Sam reveals the ideology they shared on warfare and slavery.

Hear how President Abraham Lincoln profoundly influences Sam’s life. Another story tells of two men, Mark Twain and U.S. Grant, who became close friends and collaborators and within fifteen months, alters their lives and changes the course of American literature and history by publishing the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885.

An experienced printer, journalist, lecturer, and storyteller, Mark Twain sprinkles factual antidotes into this entertaining lecture. “How pale is a theory in the presence of a fact.”

Another first-person Chautauqua-style program by Studs Terkel award winner Warren Brown. An uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain’s stories and lecture series which promote an appreciation for humanity. It’s educational, inspirational, and historically amusing.

Mr. Brown has performed more than 1000 programs throughout the United States since 1996 and is endorsed by the Illinois Arts Council and the Illinois Humanities Council.