Bill Erwin in "Twisted Twain" - June 1997
Portrait by Don Bachardy
Theatre Forty, 241 Moreno Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
CONTACT: Diana Hale 213-876-0227 phone/fax
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BILL ERWIN BRINGS MARK TWAIN'S TWIN BROTHER TO THEATRE 40
Note: "Twisted Twain," written and performed by Bill Erwin, was given its World Radio Premier by the California Artists Radio Theatre, produced and directed by Peggy Webber. The broadcast recording originated from the Cinegrill of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and was announced by John Harlan.
Venerable character actor BILL ERWIN, will bring an encounter with Mark Twain's unacknowledged and repudiated mirror-twin brother, Kram, to THEATRE 40 in "TWISTED TWAIN," opening at the theatre on June 2nd. Written and performed by BILL ERWIN, "Twisted Twain," is the mythical tale of Kram Twain, Mark's 162-year-old twin who finds that dying is an accomplishment that is beyond his physical capability. Accidentally separated from the Clemens family as an infant, he grows to manhood with an adoptive family and spends 45 years in a fruitless effort to be re-united with his famous brother.
BILL ERWIN, who resembles Mark Twain (nee Samuel Clemens), has had a colorful and prestigious career in theatre, television and film culminated by his Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal on the "Old Man" segment of "Seinfeld." Erwin was also an LADCC and Drama Logue Award winner for his role in "Old Friends" at the Actors Forum. From a very long list of films in which he worked, his co-starring role in "Somewhere In Time" stands out as one of his favorites and most fondly remembered. In fact, Erwin attends the yearly cast reunion at Mackinac Island where the movie was filmed. Bill is highly regarded by Director John Hughes who has cast him in four major films, including "Home Alone." He has starred and co-starred on numerous episodics and sitcoms as well as appearing on stage both in Los Angeles and on tour. Erwin was also the Silver Medalist for the Cannes International Commercial competition for his Dreyer's ice cream "Grampa Break Dancing For Dessert!"
"TWISTED TWAIN" opens at THEATRE 40 on June 2nd, plays Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 8 pm and closes July 2nd. Tickets for all performances are $12.00; half-price for students and members of the 4A's with identification on a stand-by basis. THEATRE 40 is at 241 Moreno Drive in Beverly Hills adjacent to Century City. There is ample free parking with a disabled access. Reservations thru THEATIX (213) 466-1767.
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by H.S. Brennan (1900)
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