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Get real at Historic Iao Theater with one-man play on Mark Twain

September 6, 2012
By MICHAEL PULLIAM ( , For The Maui News

On Monday at the Historic Iao Theater, actor Rick Scheideman will present a one-man show, "Sam Clemens and the Real Mark Twain." For those that aren't aware, Mark Twain spent four months in Hawaii in 1866 before he became famous. At the time he was 31 and working on assignment for The Sacramento Union. Those "Letters from the Sandwich Islands," eventually ended up in one of his early books "Roughing It," published in 1872. Regarding Maui, Twain said, "I went to Maui to stay a week and remained five. I never spent so pleasant a month before, or bade any place goodbye so regretfully. I have not once thought of business, or care or human toil or trouble or sorrow or weariness, and the memory of it will remain with me always." It's reported that Twain stayed in a boarding house on Market Street, conceivably the exact same stretch where the Iao Theater now stands.



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