Fun night with American legend

Published 8:13 pm Saturday, September 9, 2017

Suffolk residents can enjoy a fun and engaging evening with an American icon later this month.

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts will host An Evening with Mark Twain and Friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. The event is organized by Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and sponsored by Virginia Eye Consultants.

Ryan Clemens, Virginia Stage Company’s resident theater artist, will play Twain and be joined by Reg Lanning on banjo and Samuel Flint singing old tunes for the performance.

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“It’s being transported back to the time of Mark Twain, and having that interaction where he’s less of a famous author and more as a person,” said Nealy Gihan, marketing and communications specialist for Senior Services.

Clemens is a descendant of Mark Twain, the pseudonym of author Samuel Clemens. He has performed this show for more than a decade across Hampton Roads. He said he likes to be interactive with the audience as he embodies the sharp wit and warm humor of the beloved author.

“When I play Mark Twain in a venue like this, I make a loose plan and then let Mark Twain do whatever he wants to do,” Clemens said. “It’s relaxed, personal, and fun.”

Mosaic Café will serve a Mississippi-themed meal for the occasion. Ticket proceeds and 10 percent of the meal cost will be donated to Senior Services for its senior companion program for homebound and isolated seniors.

Tickets for reservations are $45 and are available through Sept. 21. Visit or call extension 204 at 461-9481 for more information.