Written by Kate Harner
Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University's Performing Arts Department will present a staged reading of "The Gilded Age" at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Eastern's Director of Theatre Ellen Brodie directs the play, based on the 1873 novel, "The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today," by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner. In collaboration with David Pellegrini, chair of Eastern's Performing Arts Department, Brodie and Eastern theatre students make their audience aware of the relevance of the play's 19th century themes. As a social satire, the work examines the greed in Washington, D.C., and the characters' desires to get rich quickly. A poor Tennessee family tries to sell its land while upper-class members Philip Sterling and Henry Brierly try to make their fortune through land speculation. The play reveals the greed and corruption stretching from the western land to the American government.
The Mark Twain House and Museum is located at 351 Farmington Avenue. For more information, contact Lana Raymond at (860) 465-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.