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Mark Twain: Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers

Adapted by Wendy Bable
World premiere!

Directed by David Bradley

October 10 - November 4, 2012

Steinbright Stage

Often irreverent and always irresistible, Mark Twain returns to the 21st century to share his most-loved classics and lesser-known works with a modern audience. Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, (and a few other favorite characters) join People’s Light company member Tom Teti as “the man in the white suit” for Twain’s final stop on his most recent lecture tour. Best appreciated by ages 9 and up.

Join the artists after every performance to discuss the making of the production.

Running time for this production is 70 minutes, with no intermission.

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Get 1/2 price tickets to the Thursday, October 11th 7pm and Thursday, October 25th 7pm performances of Mark Twain: Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 610.644.3500 or purchase online, and use the promo code PNCARTS.

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Mark Twain: Tom Teti*
Advance Man #1: Chris Bresky*
Advance Man #2: Akeem Davis
Director: David Bradley
Set Design: Jess Ford
Costume Designer: Marla J. Jurglanis
Lighting Designer: Lily Fossner
Production Stage Manager: Patricia G. Sabato*
Sound Designer: Christopher Colucci
Dramaturg: Zak Berkman

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


Chris Bresky
Advance Man #1
Chris Bresky is honored to be returning to People's Light and the world of Twain after his great experience in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mr. Bresky has starred in Peter Pan, History Boys (Barrymore Nom.): Arden, The Credeaux Canvas: Centre Theater. King John: New York Shakespeare Exch. Lorenzaccio: Red Bull Theatre. Taming of the Shrew: Capitol Repertory Theatre. The Hit: Lamb's Players Theatre. Restoration Comedy, Much Ado, Titus Andronicus, Midsummer, Richard III, Othello, Hamlet at the Globe. He will be seen this fall in the new TV series Elementary starring Lucy Liu; other TV and film credits include Medium, Numbers, and the R&J film Private Romeo. He dedicates this show to his two greatest loves: his family and his Wendy Lady.
Akeem Davis
Advance Man #2
Akeem Davis (Miami, FL) is a graduate of The Florida State University and a proud man of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Last season Akeem was seen on stage with Flashpoint Theatre Company, Interact Theatre Company, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Shakespeare in Clark Park and the National Constitution Center. This is Akeem's first show with People's Light & Theatre Company.
Tom Teti
Mark Twain
Tom Teti last played Marc in ART at Hedgerow Theater. Prior to that he appeared in Of Mice and Men, Treasure Island and Hatchetman at PLTC. Last spring he was seen in Seth Rozin’s Two Jews Walk into a War at InterAct and directed Shirley Valentine at Hedgerow.  He also appeared at People’s Light in The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Three Musketeers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Stretch: A Fantasia. He can be seen in the new feature film Limitless, with Bradley Cooper.  He teaches acting at Hedgerow Theatre.
  Wendy Bable
Wendy Bable is a director, teaching artist, and playwright who has directed over thirty plays for both young audiences and adults, including Schoolhouse, Many Moons, Still Life with Iris, For Which it Stands, Through the Darkness, i’m not a writer but i got a story to tell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pippin, The Bald Soprano, Gypsy, Antigone, Lysistrata, and The Lesson.  During her tenure as Assistant Producer for the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival in Austin TX, Wendy was a driving force in diversifying the canon of dramatic literature for young audiences. She received the prestigious distinction of Winifred Ward Scholar by the American Alliance for Theater and Education in 2008.  In 2011 she was selected as the U.S. ambassador to the ASSITEJ International Directing Seminar in Cologne, Germany, and her direction of The Transition of Doodle Pequeño was featured at the Kennedy Center in the 2012 New Visions/New Voices festival.
  Zak Berkman
Zak joined People’s Light as Associate Artistic Director in 2011. Previously, he was Associate to Broadway producer,{remove comma} Margo Lion, and Founding Executive Director of Artistic Programming of the OBIE award-winning Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC. Zak is also a playwright, dramaturg, and director. His plays include The Harassment of Iris Malloy and Beauty on the Vine (published by DPS, optioned for film by Dirty Rice Pictures). Love to T, E, & T.
  David Bradley
A PLTC company member since 1991, David’s directed more than two dozen productions, most recently Of Mice and Men and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He’s directed frequently at Indiana Rep and the National Constitution Center (most recently the 7th season of Living News) and Philadelphia Young Playwrights (with whom he’s creating a production for the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts). Also this year, he’s developing a play with Temple’s Institute on Disabilities. As teaching artist and consultant, David often focuses on the intersection of art and community/civic engagement. He’s co-founder of LiveConnections, which creates and curates cross-genre music experiences at World Cafe Live.
  Charles T. Brastow
Production Manager
Chaz is in his fifth season as Production Manager, but has also been an Equity Stage Manager for 25 years and Sound Designer for 125 productions, most recently PLTC’s The Master Builder.  Other theaters, other projects: PlayPenn, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Co., Delaware Theatre, Arena Stage, Primary Stages, Nickelodeon, Carnival Cruise Lines, Greg Thompson Productions, Miller-Reich Productions, Zap Productions, MLR Theatrical, and Scenery First.  Chaz also has an M.A. in History.
  Christopher Colucci
Sound Design & Original Music
Christopher makes sound and music as a theater artist, composer and guitarist. Last season he designed over a dozen productions including: Angels in America, Part One and The Curse of the Starving Class (Wilma), The Whipping Man and Charlotte's Web (Arden), How I Learned to Drive (Theatre Horizon), The Mousetrap (Walnut), Knives in Hens (Theater Exile) as well as both Of Mice and Men and Mr. Hart & Mr. Brown here at People's Light. Since 2008, he has earned 11 Barrymore Award nominations for Outstanding Original Music and Sound Design. Christopher would like to thank the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative for professional development opportunities pivotal to his work this season. For more sounds please visit
  Jessica Ford
Scenic Designer
Regional theatre credits include The Long Wharf Theatre, Arena Stage, Baltimore CenterStage, Berkeley Rep, Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, Yale Rep, Shakespeare and Company, Barrington Stage, Hangar Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.  In New York she has worked with P73, Ars Nova, The Play Company, Second Stage, Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, Pearl Theatre, and the Summer Play Festival.  M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. 2007-9 NEA/TCG Design Fellow.
  Lily Fossner
Lighting Designer
People’s Light & Theatre Company: Mr. Hart & Mr. Brown, A Wrinkle in Time, Kidnapped!, The Persians.  NYC: Doug Varone & Dancers; Culture Project/Public Theatre; Monica Bill Barnes & Company; Juilliard Opera Theatre; Prospect Theater Company; NYU/Grad Acting.  Regional: Chautauqua Theater Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival.  Lighting Supervisor, Glimmerglass Festival; Lighting Associate, Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  M.F.A., NYU
  Marla Jurglanis
Costume Designer
Resident Costume Designer for the past 16 years and manager of our Costume Shop, Marla’s recent designs include Hatchetman, Legacy of Light, Nathan the Wise, A Tale of Two Cities, and Six Characters in Search of an Author. She has designed costumes for over 70 PLTC productions. Marla’s designs have also been seen at the Delaware Theatre Company, the Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, AMTF, Virginia Stage Company, Alliance Theatre Company, and George Street Playhouse.
  Patricia G. Sabato
Production Stage Manager
Patricia G. Sabato is happy to be a part of People's Light & Theatre Company. She has had the honor of working for many venues of the vibrant Philadelphia theater community. Pat is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and serves on the AEA Liaison Committee for the Philadelphia Region. She and her husband Edmund live in Downingtown and are the delighted parents of Christina, Kathryn, Jessica and Daniel. 

PNC Arts Alive Explore Center
Click here to visit the PNC Explore Center page, where can learn more about Mark Twain: Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers with our Discovery Guide!

David Bradley WCHE Interview
Mark Twain director David Bradley spoke to WCHE's Entertainment and Culture Show about directing a man like Mark Twain. Click here to listen!

Some Infamous Mark Twain Quotes

• I know all about audiences. They believe everything you say—except when you are telling the truth.

• When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.

• The difference between the almost-right word & the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning-bug & the lightening.

• Wills are made when you are expecting to be drowned at sea and should be made with a pencil.

•The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world’s luxuries, king by the grace of god all over the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat.

Just who is this Sam Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) fellow?
Samuel L. Clemens was born on November 30‚ 1835, in Florida‚ Missouri‚ the sixth of seven children. He grew up in the small frontier town of Hannibal‚ Missouri‚ on the banks of the Mississippi River. Sam left school after he completed the 5th grade and worked as a printer’s apprentice. At 18‚ Sam headed east to New York City and Philadelphia‚ where he found some success writing newspapers articles. By 1857‚ he had embarked on a new career as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861‚ Sam joined a volunteer Confederate unit called the Marion Rangers‚ but he quit after just two weeks.

Read the full bio here!

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By Jim Rutter, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"MARK TWAIN: Food for Thought"

By Adam Crugnale, Montgomery News