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Oscar nominee Hal Holbrook returns to Sangamon Auditorium, UIS in "Mark Twain Tonight!"

April 4, 2008

Contact: Bryan Leonard, 217/206-8284, leonard.bryan@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois at Springfield will host another return performance of "Mark Twain Tonight!" starring recent Oscar nominee Hal Holbrook on Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS.

When Sangamon Auditorium opened its doors on February 21, 1981, it chose "Mark Twain Tonight!," Holbrook's one-man portrayal of the eminent literary mind, as its inaugural performance. Since then, Holbrook's talent, ever-evolving show, and the witty genius of Twain's commentary have nearly sold out five performances at Sangamon Auditorium.

The popularity of Holbrook's long-running show is sustained by the universal relevance of Twain's candid observations on politics, culture, race, and the world. After 50 years of getting inside the mind of this extraordinary humorist and social critic, Holbrook's experience tells us a great deal about the nature of the challenges — such as war, religious fanaticism, race, and censorship — facing America today.

Holbrook has toured the show in some part of every year since 1954, making "Mark Twain Tonight!" perhaps the longest-running show in theater history. Holbrook adds to his Twain material nearly every year, editing and changing it to fit the times. He marked his 2000th performance on January 17, 2007, and has mined over 15 hours of Twain with more coming all the time. He has no set program — he chooses the program as he goes along.

Tickets for this event are on sale now. To order tickets, visit www.SangamonAuditorium.org or order tickets by phone by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or toll free at 800-207-6960.

Sangamon Auditorium is located at the University of Illinois at Springfield and hosts more than 120 performances annually.  Also home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,018.  Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas.  The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.



The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs: 21 bachelor's, 20 master's, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.

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