HARTFORD — For one night only, actor Keir Cutler will present his one-man show adaptation of one of Mark Twain’s wittiest and funniest compositions, “Is Shakespeare Dead?” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Mark Twain House and Museum. Tickets are $20 general admission.
Cutler is an actor of stage and screen, playwright and performer. He has performed his works across the U.S. and Canada. Four of his solo shows are on video, and have been aired on television by BRAVO!/CANADA. He performed at Shakespeare’s Globe lecture hall in London, UK as part of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust 2016 conference. In attendance were Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Mark Rylance, noted Shakespeare authorship skeptics.
Cutler has also appeared in many local television and film projects, including work with Jennifer Love Hewitt in “The Audrey Hepburn Story,” and with Julien Poulin in “Bob Gratton - Ma Vie, My Life.” He has an M.A. and Ph.D. in theatre from Wayne State University in Detroit, a playwriting diploma from the National Theatre School of Canada, and a B.A from McGill University.
Cutler’s performance is sponsored by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship as part of their annual conference of top Shakespeare researchers, scholars, and published authors from around the globe taking place Oct. 17 — 20 at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. Members of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship from the US, Canada, and parts of Europe will converge to share their recent research and findings on the Shakespeare Authorship Question during the four-day conference.
In 2012, the Mark Twain House was named one of the Ten Best Historic Homes in the world in “The Ten Best of Everything,” a National Geographic Books publication. Conference presentations will take place in the 175-seat auditorium in the modern Mark Twain Museum, located next to the Mark Twain House. Twain (Samuel Clemmons) lived in the house for 17 years. It is the location where he wrote such classics as “Huckleberry Finn,” “Tom Sawyer,” and “The Prince and the Pauper,” among other great works.
Twain’s importance to the Shakespeare Authorship Question cannot be overstated, as he is perhaps the most prominent writer to express open doubts that William Shakspere of Stratford was the author of the works of “William Shake-Speare.” The lack of any substantial historical evidence pointing to the man from Stratford, and Twain’s own familiarity with the use of a pseudonymous pen name, had him believing the Stratford story was a myth. He subsequently penned his views on the subject in his work, “Is Shakespeare Dead?”
“So far as anybody actually knows and can prove, Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon never wrote a play in his life,” wrote Twain.
Cutler will bring Twain’s words to life in this hilarious one-man show.
The Mark Twain House and Museum is at 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Additional information is available at (860)247-0998, or visit www.marktwainhouse.org.