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Batavia to see return of 'Mark Twain' to river town for benefit show

Mark Twain visited Batavia in 1869.
Mark Twain visited Batavia in 1869.

BATAVIA – Marking the sesquicentennial of a visit by Mark Twain to Batavia, the city’s library and historical society will present Jeff Award nominee Richard Henzel performing his signature piece, “Mark Twain in Person,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 26.

The production takes place at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St.

Henzel brings Samuel L. Clemens to town with a captivating mix of reminiscences, readings, and gentle humor drawn from the author’s writings and biographies, a news release stated.

As a budding thespian at an Ohio high school in 1967, Henzel saw Hal Holbrook do his one-man Twain show on television and was hooked. He put together his show while still a teen and performed it in summer stock – and then kept performing it. Henzel has presented the show more than a thousand times for audiences in 40 states, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The program is a charitable event in support of the Batavia Public Library Foundation and the Batavia Depot Museum Expansion Project. Visit BataviaFineArtscentre.org for tickets and more information or call 630-937-8930.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Clemens’ visit to Batavia in 1869, Mayor Jeffery Schielke officially proclaimed 2019 as The Year of Mark Twain in Batavia. This event is a highlight of a yearlong, communitywide celebration.

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