Twain's World, First Floor Theater's second annual literary festival ­­ featured a selection of new ten ­minute plays inspired by the life and work of Mark Twain. Given the choice of three classic authors, the attendees of the annual season kick­off party selected Mark Twain as the muse for the 2014 literary festival. This brought an exciting and diverse group of playwrights into a conversation about themes in Twain's work: institutionalizing racism, satirizing civilized society and establishing a new American identity. The festival saw a full range of adaptation, offering everything from page-­to-­stage to musical shadow puppetry. 

Festival Staff:

Curator - Hutch Pimentel*
Dramaturg - Ken Warren
Stage Manager - Xan Belzley
Scenic Designer - Bobby Huggins*
Lighting Designer - Sarah Collonge*
Sound Designer - Graham Carlson
Live Music - Ben Heller
Associate Producer - Autumn McConnico
Title Card Illustrator - Claire Stone*
Assistant Stage Manager - Derek Spencer

The 2014 Twain's World Lineup:

Little Bessie 
by Marilyn Campbell
directed by Jesse Roth*
with Amanda Fink* and Rebecca Marquardt

by Ike Holter
directed by Josh Altman
with Jessica Marks and Tony Santiago 

by Paul Oakley Stovall 
directed by Taylor Bailey
with Bear Bellinger and Colin Sphar

A Medieval Romance 
by Molly FitzMaurice*
directed by Brandon Moorhead
with Aurora Adachi­-Winter, Rachel Copel, and Abe Elmourabit

Dear Liv 
by Morgan McNaught 
directed by Thrisa Hodits
with Hannah Alcorn and Chris Fowler

Death of Jean 
by Emmett Rensin*
directed by Andrew Cutler*
with Kate Cornelius ­Schecter* and Conor Woods

When Beggars Die, There Are No Comets Seen 
by Will Bishop*
co­-directed by Andrew Rovner* & Will Bishop*
with Jay Cullen, Antora DeLong, Jenni Hadley, Ben Heller, and Johnard Washington

*Denotes First Floor Theater company member