- Mark Twain wit and wisdom are as warm and welcome as an old friend
- Alan Kitty is Mark Twain in your classroom, auditorium, or library throughout the year
- American Literary Soul
- Select a ready-made program of intelligent humor at its best
Alan J. Kitty is an American Playwright, an Independent Mark Twain Scholar, and a nationally-known Mark Twain Historical Interpreter. During his many years of research and presentations, Kitty has compiled many hours of performance and topics that explore the Life, Works, and Times of Samuel Langhorn Clemens.
He has inspired many to take a deep dive into Twain’s body of work. People ask him all the time, “Why Mark Twain?” “There are countless reasons,” he says. “But if I could be anyone in the world, it would be Mark Twain.”
Mark Twain’s Last Stand, directed by Charles Messina (A Room of My Own, The Wanderer), has been presented on the New York Stage and toured in 22 states. It is a full-length show that recaptures what might have been a typical Twain lecture, combing storytelling and anecdotes that capture Twain’s sense of humor.
A Dialog with Mark Twain is a performance of varying lengths that usually combines a scripted speech with audience-driven improvised content. On occasion, Kitty takes a chance and tells the audience to ask him any question. Then offers the caveat, “but it has to be about something that has happened since the beginning of time.”
Over the years, Alan’s in-depth research has enabled him to compose lectures on such a wide range of topics that he has been able to inform, inspire, and entertain audiences of every kind. He has been invited to speak at Corporate Events, Trade Shows, Schools, Historical Societies, Annual Celebrations, Libraries across America, and Clubs and Organizations of every shape and size.
ABOUT SAMUEL CLEMENS
Dubbed the “Father of American Literature” (Steinbeck) and “America’s Shakespeare,” Mark Twain’s life experiences mirrored those of our nation from 1835-to 1910 and defined the very nature of the American soul. Think about this: He was born at the end of the First Industrial Revolution and died at the end of the Second. He was raised in Rebel Country and died a Yankee citizen of the World. Politically, he was born a Whig, became a Republican, and died a Progressive Independent, criticizing Imperialism while embracing some of its chief authors as close friends. The man whose autobiographically-inspired moral themes reflected the individualism that defines America to this day left school at age twelve and yet was awarded three PhDs. He held four patents, taught himself five languages, and meticulously studied every writing form and style that has existed since Elizabethan times. He translated his and others’ works to and from three languages.
Alan Kitty is Mark Twain in a series of lectures and Q&A sessions about the 19th Century depicted in his fiction, personal letters, articles, and essays. These lectures bring the period to life through Twain’s experiences.
- Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Building character; a fictional memoir of Sam Clemens
- Adventures of Huck Finn: A moral tale
- Connecticut Yankee: Satire on the Industrial Revolution
- The Age of Innovation: Inventing the Future
- Providential Autobiography of Mark Twain – How chance paved the road to success, failure, and restitution.
- Educator’s Choice: Name the topic you want Twain to discuss with your group
- Alan Kitty combines the Art of Twain with practical business experience to deliver memorable content for your team-building or special event. It is a break from the norm that relaxes, entertains, and indelibly informs your audience.
- If you prefer, Kitty will work with your content producer to frame your message with Twain’s humor and style.
- Kitty’s portrayal of Mark Twain is so realistic that your colleagues will swear Twain himself has visited them.
Alan Kitty is Mark Twain in your classroom, auditorium, or library at pre-scheduled times throughout the year.
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- Using the latest Web technology, we can reach a large audience for the main lecture, then entertain questions in scheduled breakout sessions.