High school students will put on Mark Twain play

Published 9:00 am Sunday, April 16, 2017

This spring, Albert Lea High School students are performing “Is He Dead?” a play by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives, according to a press release. Shows start at 7 p.m. March 4 through March 6.

The comedy centers around French artist Jean-Francois Millet, a real painter from mid-19th century Paris, and his apprentices as they scheme to save his loved ones from financial ruin. Millet is convinced by his followers that the only way to make money off his art is posthumously. To keep the money for himself, he must stay present disguised as his own widowed sister to sell the art, make the money and marry the girl of his dreams.

“It’s incredible that such a brilliant farce written by an American literary legend could’ve stayed hidden for so long, but our enormous thanks goes to David Ives for finding and adapting this incredibly wacky and side-splitting play,” said play director Andrew Anderson. “You’ll never see characters go so hilariously far out of their comfort zone for love or money.”

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