A record number of people attended TWAINFEST last Saturday (8/18) to enjoy the stories, poems, music, dances, games and activities that have come to make this event the largest free theatrical event in San Diego.
Sam, the 14-ft puppet of Mark Twain, presided over his festival with a removed air of pleasure and approval. He was often accompanied by an equally large puppet of Edgar Allan Poe, who was also remembered at TwainFest in the "Literary Seance". (When Edgar and Mary Shelley were conjured by Madame Olga, they proceeded to quarrel over who was the greater writer of horror.)
Approximately 4000 people attended. Nearly 800 people launched a bean-bag froggie into the air, our tip of the hat to Twain's first nationally read story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. 115 people tried to register to vote in the Election of 1872 but only 9 survived the literacy test and happened to be male.
It was a grand event! Thanks all who pledged support of TWAINFEST 2012. There's still time to jump aboard this exciting and successful project that, at heart, is dedicated to the joy of reading and writing.
This is a sketch of "Sam's" head in profile. It will sit atop the 14-foot tall puppet frame. The head alone is 3-feet tall. The rest of Sam is also underway: His body is being constructed as his head and hands are being scultped in papier mache. His trademark white suit is being tailored by Write Out Loud's Artistic Director, Veronica Murphy.
pledged of $1,500 goal
seconds to go
Jul 30, 2012 - Aug 29, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
Our sincere thanks via email PLUS program credit published in the "We Love Our Kickstarter Community" portion of the TwainFest program and access to backer-only TwainFest updates.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
One free audio download of a Mark Twain short story recorded by Write Out Loud artists PLUS our sincere thanks via email, backer-only updates and program credit.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $35 or more
TWO free audio downloads of Mark Twain short stories recorded by Write Out Loud artists PLUS our honest-to-goodness thanks via email, backer-only updates and program credit.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $50 or more
TWO free tickets to any Write Out Loud performance at the Old Town Theatre in our 2012-13 season PLUS two audio downloads of short stories by Mark Twain, our heartfelt gratitude expressed via email, backer-only updates, and program credit.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $100 or more
FOUR free tickets with VIP SEATING for any Write Out Loud performance in the Old Town Theatre during our 2012-13 season PLUS TWO audio downloads of short stories by Mark Twain, tearful expressions of gratitude conveyed by email, backer-only updates, and program credit.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $250 or more
TWO free SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS to Write Out Loud's 2012-13 Season at the Old Town Theatre with VIP seating PLUS 3 audio downloads of short stories by Mark Twain, utterances of gratitude worthy of a Greek chorus delivered by email, backer-only updates, and program credit.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012