‘Mark Twain’ comes to Sun City stage

Sun City Players Community Theater welcomes the everyone to experience a one-man performance of Mark Twain starring Tom Swenson on Monday, Sept. 17. [Submitted photo]

Players Community Theater hosts one-man performance


By Nancy Rasmussen

Special to Independent Newsmedia


Many in the Sun City area already know that Sun City Players Community Theater produces three shows each year, but few realize that every third Monday of the month, from September through May, Players offers members and one-time guests an evening of entertainment.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Mountain View Recreation Center, 9749 N. 107th Ave., Players member Tom Swenson will perform beloved historic character Mark Twain in a one-man show for theater members and anyone interested in this historic character performance. Mr. Swenson, a seasoned actor, considers this 45-minute program a representation of one of Twain’s traveling tour lectures. Included are small readings from his works.

“History is so often so dry and full of clichés and worn facts. I try to bring it alive, to see that these figures are human just like us,” Mr. Swenson said. “And in identifying with them, maybe a bit of their greatness will seep into our consciousness. And, maybe people will be inspired to read and learn more.”

This program will focus a bit on Twain’s time in the west, although other stories will be represented.

“Twain was also famous for commentary on the times and on the human condition,” Mr. Swenson added. “Beyond that, Twain was all in all a storyteller. He was one of the first of what became stand-up comedy with a bent toward speaking the truth to power. My admiration for Twain is using humor to further humanitarian interests, to make us more reflective, humble and forgiving.”

In Players’ upcoming season opener, “Southern Fried Funeral,” Mr. Swenson plays troublemaker Uncle Dub Frye.

“‘Southern Fried Funeral’ focuses on the funeral of Dewey Frye, and the challenges his widow, Dorothy, faces with family, friends and community,” show director Jim McConnell said. “Uncle Dub Frye throws a curve ball Dorothy’s way when he decides to take over the family home. If ever there was a bad guy, Dub is it.”

How it ends cannot be revealed here, but audiences will agree, it is well worth the $10 ticket to find out.

Reserve your seat now at suncityplayerscommunitytheater.org .For the $5 annual membership fee members enjoy monthly Monday evening entertainment, a subscription to the Players monthly newsletter “Playbill,” and Wednesday workshops.

Also, as one of the first 20 RCSC sanctioned clubs, Players has a reputation for promoting excellence in the performing arts.Performances are open to everyone and are performed at Mountain View Recreation Center, 9749 N. 107th Ave.Players membership is open to all RCSC cardholders. For more information visit suncityplayerscommunitytheater.org or call 623-500-2949.

Editor’s note: Nancy Rasmussen handles publicity for the Sun City Players Community Theater.



What: Sun City Players Community Theater one-man performance of Mark Twain

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17

Where: Mountain View Recreation Center, 9749 N. 107th Ave.

More Information: Visit suncityplayerscommunitytheater.org or call 623-500-2949

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