Artículos de Abril 2015

17-year-old picked to create new “Tom Sawyer”

Miércoles, 1 Abril 2015

A new stage adaptation of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” has been commissioned from an up-and-coming playwright not much older than Sawyer was in the landmark book.

The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut has picked 17-year-old Noah Altshuler to go back to the famous novel and build a play from it this summer after visiting key Twain locations like Hannibal, Missouri and Elmira, New York.

Seventeen-year-old Noah Altshuler will pen the stage adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Altshuler, who was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts and admits to being a president James Garfield junkie, has already had his play “Making the Move” featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and licensed by more than 50 schools across the country. He hopes to return to the festival this year with a sequel.

Altshuler’s play will be adapted primarily from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” but it will also include elements drawn from “Tom Sawyer Abroad” and “Tom Sawyer, Detective.” The playwright, named a playwright-in-residence, will have access to Twain’s archives.

The tale of Sawyer — in which he whitewashes a fence, escapes to an island and tries to live without adults, witnesses a murder, searches for treasure and gets lost in caves — has been made into films, TV movies, a ballet and stage musicals.

Altshuler said he would try to steer clear of other interpretations so he could create a direct and personal relationship with the original text. He said he hopes to capture the energy and excitement of someone living the life of Tom Sawyer.

Twain was born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835. His family moved to Hannibal, where he grew up. The Mississippi River town and its characters inspired many of his greatest works, including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” ”The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Life on the Mississippi.”