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Musical about Virginia City and Mark Twain debuts at the Hollywood (Calif.) Fringe Festival in June

Virginia City,” a musical about Sam Clemens’ transformation into the writer Mark Twain, debuted in early June at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in California. Remaining performances of the musical created by brothers David and Daniel Wisehart, who lived for a short time in Virginia City, are scheduled for June 17, 18, 19 and 24 in the 42-seat Hudson Guild at the Hudson Theatres in Los Angeles.

“In telling the story of how Sam Clemens found his own voice, my brother and I also wanted to tell a universal story about people discovering who they are, reinventing themselves, and learning to live authentic lives,” David Wisehart said in a press release.

Wisehart told the LA Stage Times that he first thought of writing about Virginia City and Mark Twain when he was a teenager and he and his brother were living with their grandparents in that city. As adults, he and his brother Daniel — a composer — worked on the musical on and off before completing the project in time for the Fringe Festival. “Virginia City” is 90 minutes long and has a cast of nine.

Click here to see a video clip of actors performing the song "I Almost Like You Now," taken by Wisehart during the dress rehearsal.

The Fringe Festival is an annual event celebrating emerging arts.

For more on Virginia City, contact the Virginia City Convention & Tourism Authority.

  • Posted by Chris Moran on June 13th, 2012