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The Patrons of the Arts Society continues its 2017-18 season with Dr. Michael Mauldin’s long-running, hilarious, and historical re-enactment “An Evening with Mark Twain” at 7 p.m. on November 16 in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center on the campus of Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff.

“An Evening with Mark Twain” recreates an actual lecture from the world-famous humorist and author’s highly acclaimed world tour in 1905. Mauldin undergoes a makeup transformation that takes nearly three hours to achieve an uncanny likeness to the 70-year-old Twain, complete with the author’s traditional white suit and ever-present cigar.

“Dr. Mauldin is a legend in the theater and has been touring this performance around the country for over thirty years,” said Robert Abney, Director of the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. “It’s an honor to have such an accomplished performer here at the Tinnin Center, and I wouldn’t miss this performance. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Mauldin’s performance is a fascinating combination of uproarious comedy, biting social satire, and often dark commentary of the human condition. It’s all seen through the eyes of Twain, a man who had been at the top of the literary and social spectrum for most of his life and had reached the age and level of esteem where he felt free to say what was on his mind with almost no fear of censure.

Tickets are $15 each and are available online at, and in limited amounts at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, the TRC Student Accounts Office, and at the door. For more information on the 2017-18 Patrons of the Arts season or to buy tickets for upcoming shows, visit

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