The Schoolhouse Theater
"I can't spare this man, he fights."
Eric Bryant as Mark Twain
Zach Grenier as Ulysses S. Grant
Alvin Keith as Harrison Terrell
Carole Monferdini as Julia Dent Grant
Dana Watkins as Adam Badeau
Colin Wulff as William Perkins Ingersoll
Grant and Twain
by Elizabeth Diggs
Directed by Bram Lewis
In 1884, Ulysses Grant was the idolized four-star Union Commander who won the Civil War. Mark Twain was the most famous writer in America. The two men were superstars. They were also, improbably, good friends. Twain had just broken a seven-year writer’s block to finish Huckleberry Finn. Grant had just been swindled out of all his money in a Ponzi scheme.
Grant’s only chance to save his honor and provide for his family was to write his memoirs. Twain persuaded Grant to entrust the publication of his book to his own new publishing house. Halfway through the book, Grant was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and threatened with betrayal close to home. Twain went into serious debt and put his own career on hold for a year in his determination to save Grant’s reputation before he died.
Grant’s Personal Memoirs and Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn became masterpieces of American writing.
June 30 - July 16
Fridays at 8:00
Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00
Sundays at 3:00