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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK is a solo performance piece that captures Twain during two different periods a decade apart.

Act One finds him onstage, as he performed during his Debt Tour in 1895, presenting his tales of travel, reminiscing about his time on the Mississippi, and featuring a "reading" from his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Act Two finds him a decade later, 1905, in his study as he reflects on his youth, attempts to rationalize the logic of a lynch mob in ”The United States of Lyncherdom,” and discusses the loss of his daughter Suzy and his wife, Livy, who is immortalized in “Eve’s Diary.”

This evening of laughter and powerful social commentary has been delighting audiences in regional theatres, colleges, churches and various venues since its debut at Derby Dinner Playhouse in 1991.

JR Stuart as Mark Twain

April 21, 2017 at 7:30pm at The Museum

December 16-18, 2016

November 18, 2016 

Heartland Sings at Hagerstown high School for a convocation and workshop before the concert.

2016 Reunion Concert & Arts Festival

August 6, 2016

On Saturday, August 6, 2016, former cast members from the original run of Nettle Creek Players (1971-1998) will return to the tent for a once-in-a-lifetime event. 

Join Master of Ceremonies RON KEATON and Music Director ALAN MONTGOMERY for a full day of fun, memories and activities celebrating the legendary Theatre In A Tent!  Tehre will be an all-day Arts FEstival on the  streets of downtown Hagerstown followed by 2 concerts:  One at 5:30 indoors at The Hagerstown History Museum and one at 7:30pm in THE TENT!  Get your tickets now by following the ticketing link on this web site!

Friday, August 5, 2016
* 8:00-10:00 pm – Private Reception for returning alumni at Willie & Reds (formerly Welliver's)

Saturday, August 6, 2016
* 10:00am-6:00 pm – Public Reception and Historic Archive Display at Community Center & History Display at Museum
* 11:00am-5:00 pm – Fine Arts Festival on Main Street
* 7:00 pm – Tent Opens
* 7:30 pm Reunion Concert
* 10:00-11:30 pm – Post Show Party at Willie & Reds

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