Mark Twain

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Eric Rotsinger

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Eric Rotsinger as Mark Twain with young people during schools days at Coldwater, Michigan

Eric Rotsinger has been portraying Mark Twain professionally since 1997. He brings Mark Twain to life through his animated story telling and personality. Rotsinger can be found telling stories, teaching children, entertaining adults, and generally pontificating and enlightening all through humor and stories as Mark Twain at various historical reenactments, festivals, historical societies, and other community events. When Rotsinger puts on the white suit, he truly becomes Mark Twain.

Rotsinger even had the honor of speaking for the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College in Elmira, New York in the summer of 2007. While in Elmira, he also had the opportunity to exchange ideas with some of the top Mark Twain scholars and visit the Mark Twain Study and Quarry Farm, where Twain spent many summers and completed many of his most famous works.


Regarding Rotsinger's Performances:

"It was in 1997 that I started performing Mark Twain as a joke. Now, the joke is on me. I have performed from Hannibal, Missouri to Hartford, Connecticut. In that time and distance, I have worked on getting into Mark Twain's head, only to find Mark Twain is a character like Larry the Cable Guy. The pseudonym was a created and marketed image to sell books and show tickets.

Behind the mask lies Samuel Clemens, a man as bright and dark, as ridiculous and somber, as calculating and naive, as this country has ever seen. I will bring you this man in all of his complicated simplicity. This year is the year of Samuel Clemens, a man who died over 100 years ago and has been misunderstood ever since."

- Eric Rotsinger

Regarding the New Year:

The Mayan Calendar says the world will end in 2012. If the Mayans were accurate on that sort of thing, why didn't they mention that the Spanish would annihilate them?

- Eric Rotsinger as Mark Twain

Regarding the recent re-writing of Huckleberry Finn:

"The trouble ain't that there's too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right."

- Mark Twain


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Last updated January 3, 2012