WRITE OUT LOUD Announces their ANNUAL TWAIN FEST
Saturday, August 19th: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Twain After Dark starts at 6pm
Produced by Write Out Loud
and Sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
TwainFest, now a tradition for many San Diego families, is an all day FREE festival celebrating Mark Twain and the literature and culture of 19th Century America. There is something for everyone at this festive old fashioned gathering at the park. Presentations occur at a variety of park venues throughout the day.
Returning Festival Favorites:
● Local San Diego performers present 19th Century stories and poems by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walt Whitman, Eugene Field, Cervantes and many more at venues throughout the park.
● Giant puppets of Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edgar Allan Poe will wander the green.
● An arcade of unique literary games and activities designed especially for TwainFest will enterain players of all ages on the green. The Election of 1872, Jim Hawkins Treasure Hunt, Wheel of Fiction and Telegraph Crunch are just a few activities that join sack races, ring toss and other games of the period to assure a fun-filled yet educational day for all ages.
● A 19th Century Spelling Bee will run throughout the day as well as a community wide Never Ending Story, to which anyone who wishes may contribute.
● For those who want to dress up in period attire there’s a 19th Century Literary Costume Contest.
● A backdrop of 19th Century music enlivens the day’s activities.
● Free books are provided to all who participate in 5 or more activities.
● The Authors Salon will provide the opportunity to meet Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson and other beloved writers of the period.
New To TwainFest for 2017:
Twain After Dark – a new ticketed event starting at 6pm at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Audience will move from room to room for:
- Literary Seance – conducted by medium Madame Caprella who will conjure literary figures from the 19th Century and before
- Literary Bordello – Madama Rosalinda and her ‘girls’ will entice you with ‘spicey’ literature of the day
- Literary Tarot Readings – Have your fortune told as it relates to literature
Twain After Dark performers include: Laura Bohlin, Eileen Bowman, Jim Chovick, Melissa Fernandes, tim West, Samantha Wynn Greenstone and Linda Libby as Madame Rosalinda.
In addition to TwainFest, Write Out Loud led by Artistic Director, Veronica Murphy and Executive Director, Walter Ritter provides the community five other core programs serving over 16,000 people annually. Additional programs include a six show season of Story Concerts presented at Old Town Theatre, Stories for Seniors, StoryBox Theatre for elementary students, Read Imagine Create for teens and Poetry Out Loud for high school students.
- Press Contact: Susan Clausen * 619-933-0038 * firstname.lastname@example.org * writeoutloudsd.com
Download Press Release: TwainFest2017.doc
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