Hal Holbrook will bring his world-renowned show, Mark Twain Tonight!, to the Springer Opera House on February 3rd for a special event to celebrate the new Georgia Repertory Theatre partnership between the Springer and the CSU Department of Theatre. As part of his visit, Mr. Holbrook will also conduct a symposium for students in the CSU Department of Theatre and the Springer Theatre Academy.
Winner of the Tony Award, five Emmys and the National Humanities Medal, Holbrook has become a towering force in nearly every aspect of the entertainment business during his career. He made television history by attracting over 30 million viewers to a network broadcast of Mark Twain Tonight! on March 6, 1967. Holbrook’s extraordinary film career includes roles in “All the President’s Men,” “Wall Street,” “Water for Elephants,” “That Evening Sun,” “The Firm,” Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and “Promised Land” with Matt Damon. Holbrook’s television career includes Emmy Award-winning roles in “Evening Shade” and “Designing Women” (in which he co-starred with his late wife, Dixie Carter) plus episodes of “The Sopranos”, “The West Wing”, “Sons of Anarchy” and “Rectify.”
Holbrook has performed Mark Twain Tonight! twice before on the historic Springer stage – once in 1989 and again in 2003. Holbrook also volunteered to attend the groundbreaking for the construction of the Dorothy McClure Theatre in 2012 and spoke eloquently that evening on the importance of preserving America’s great historic theatres like the Springer.
“There is no doubt that Holbrook’s MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! is one of the greatest theatrical achievements in theatre history,” says Pierce. “We can’t really know what it was like to experience Booth, Bernhardt or Barrymore onstage but Mr. Holbrook is still very much with us and as powerful as ever. This man is a living national treasure and we are honored that he agreed to come to Columbus to help us launch the inaugural season of the Georgia Repertory Theatre partnership.”