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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Adapted for the stage by Laura Eason

Directed by David Bradley

February 17 – March 13, 2011


Every day is an adventure in this lively adaptation of Twain's classic set on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi with all your favorite characters. Enjoy the hilarious antics of the mischievous Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, whose stories have inspired generations.

The running time for this production is 1 hour and 45 minutes including one 15 minutes intermission.

Joe Harper/Lawyer/Accomplice: Chris Bresky*
Becky Thatcher: Rachael Joffred
Sid Sawyer/Doc Robinson/Lawyer: Jamison Foreman
Muff Potter/Widow's Brother: Tom Teti*
School Master/Injun Joe/Minister: Joe Guzmán*
Tom Sawyer: Jefferson Haynes
Huckleberry Finn: Brian Cowden*
Aunt Polly/Widow Douglas: Alda Cortese*
Director: David Bradley
Production Manager: Charles T. Brastow*
Set Designer: James F. Pyne, Jr.
Costume Designer: Devon Painter
Lighting Designer: Dennis Parichy
Sound Designer: Christopher Colucci
Movement Director: Samantha Bellomo
Production Stage Manager: Kate McSorley*
Dramaturg: Hannah Daniel

* Member, Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

Interview with David Bradley by Bob Bumbera at WXPN

  • Duration: 3:44 minutes (5.14 MB)

Mark Twain Storytelling
Click the links below to see the information about Mark Twain that was read aloud at the "Mark Twain in Story and Spirit" Big Read event.

Mark Twain, Family Man
Mark Twain & The Right Word
Mark Twain, Man of a 1,000 Jobs
Mark Twain's Serious Fun

Teachers: guided versions of these stories for your classroom are available by contacting us.

Mark Twain Library

The Mark Twain Library is the public library for the community of Redding, CT. Read about Samuel Clemens and the Mark Twain Library.

The Bryn Mawr Connection

Mark Twain’s daughter, Olivia Langdon Clemens, known as Susie, attended Bryn Mawr College in the fall of 1890. The link below is of a well-known story of Susie’s time at Bryn Mawr and how her father, much to her dismay, told the ghost story The Golden Arm for an audience at the college.
The Bryn Mawr College Incident

The Quotable Twain

Mark Twain was famous for his ability to pontificate on any subject and his quotes have become very "quotable". Here is his advice to actors. Should we pass this on to our actors?

Mark Twain and His Hometown—Hannibal, Missouri

Hannibal, Missouri, known as ”America’s Hometown”.

Documenting Mark Twain

Ken Burns, the famed documentarian of all things American, created a 9-part series on Mark Twain that was released on 2001. Click here for more information about the series.

Mark Twain & Postage Stamps

Mark Twain will be commemorated on a stamp in the Literary Arts series issued by the United States Postal Service, to be released in June 2011—but this is not the first stamp dedicated to Samuel Clemens. In fact he was first honored in the United States on a stamp in 1940. It was a 10¢ stamp. Click this link to see how Mark Twain has been on postage stamps around the world, including a 40-Kopek stamp in Russia in 1960.

"A Raucous, Well-Acted TOM SAWYER at People's Light & Theatre"

By Wendy Rosenfield, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Catch a Delightfully Creative ‘Tom Sawyer’ at People's Light"

By Janet and Ray Murphy, County Press

""Laura Eason's stage adaptation of The Advenures of Tom Sawyer..."

"Laura Eason's stage adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at the People's Light & Theatre
revivifies not only some aspects of a Twain book of our youth, it helps to reaquaint adults with the wonder,
adventure and imagination of their own childhood days. With this production, you may find that you can happily
go home again, to some, perhaps dormant, but very alive parts of yourself."
—Steven Brodsky, Host, WCHE Entertainment and Culture Show

"The Singular Laura Eason"

By Rob Weinert-Kendt, American Theatre

"People’s Light and Theatre Presents: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

By Sarah Lockard,

Mark Twain Onstage

Spend an evening with one of the keenest (and funniest) men in America. This brand new one-man show, starring company favorite Tom Teti, debuts at People's Light. The free performance will be followed by a post-show conversation with the artist.

Photos from the event:

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Main Stage

Mark Twain in Story and Spirit

Savor the secrets of Samuel Clemens! Enjoy the exploits of his boy hero! Bring the family to journey through Twain's life, see a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and from Mark Twain Onstage. Free book copies and discount ticket vouchers to the first 50 families.

Call the box office at 610.644.3500 to RSVP for this FREE event.

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Farmhouse Banquet Room

Mark Twain Day

Celebrate the wit and wisdom of an American icon at the free, family-friendly kickoff of our Big Read project: readings from Twain's best-loved stories, games, raffles, sing-alongs & craft projects. The first 50 families receive book copies and discount ticket vouchers to our production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Stage Upper Lobby

A Day in the Life - Rachael Joffred

It's time for another Day in the Life feature! We asked Rachael Joffred, who plays Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, for some back stage photos.

The Picket Fence

We're updating with a chapter a day--see if you can keep up! Visit the Picket Fence Blog.