‘Mr. Twain, Meet Mr. Faulkner’ to be Presented Friday

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 18, 2006 — A readers’ theatre dramatization of “Mr. Twain, Meet Mr. Faulkner” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, in the Southeast Missouri State University Center Ballroom.

Scripted and directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow, a member of the Southeast Department of Communication, the play is based on the writings and sayings of Mark Twain and William Faulkner, two of America’s greatest writers.

The program, part of the Faulkner and Twain Conference being held this week, is supported by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.  Admission is free, and the public is invited.

Whitlow, a published playwright, has been a member of the Southeast faculty since 1979.  A member of the River City Players Theatre Board and writer/director for the Downtown Cape’s Scallywag Theatre, she has written and directed a number of local and regional plays, including “Thistle Blossoms,” “The Mighty Mississippi River Melodrama,” “Eugene Field” and “Young Louis Lorimier.”

Of her Twain/Faulkner work, Whitlow says, “Spending the past many weeks making friends, or at least better acquaintance, with William Faulkner and Mark Twain has been an adventure–a sometimes joyful, sometimes sorrowful, and always too hurried journey through their writings, their lives, their rascality and their passion for mankind.”

Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the Faulkner Center and organizer of the conference, adds, “Dr. Whitlow has written a marvelous script imagining what Faulkner and Twain might have said to each other if they had ever met.  The audience is in for a great evening of entertainment.”