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Award-winning actor Holbrook coming to RHIT

Thursday, April 15, 2010

TERRE HAUTE -- Tony and Emmy award-winning actor Hal Holbrook will reprise one of his most famous roles in the popular one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight," May 15 at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater.

Showtime is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The event will support the college's performing arts series, which brings cultural and science education programs to the Wabash Valley.

Tickets are $85 to attend the show and a pre-show event (7-8 p.m.), and $135 for premium show seating, a pre-show event and a special post-show event.

There are a limited number of tickets available for the premium show seating and post-show event.

Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office from 1-5 p.m., on weekdays or by calling 812-877-8544.

The pre-show will allow ticket holders to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and live music. The post-show event, sponsored by J. Ford's Black Angus restaurant, will feature a reception, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, champagne and wine.

Holbrook is set to return to the state later this month following the death of his wife Dixie Carter last week, following a battle with cancer. The "Designing Women" actress and Holbrook had been married since 1984.

Holbrook has performed "Mark Twain Tonight," for close to 55 years, most notably on Broadway, and as recently as 2005. He received a Tony award for his 1966 staging of the trailblazing one-man show that Holbrook created, and which he has continued to hone over the course of his long and distinguished career on stage and screen.

Considered one of America's great craftsmen of stage and screen, Holbrok has had memorable Emmy-winning roles as Abraham Lincoln, Senator Hayes Stowe on "The Bold Ones: The Senator" (1970), and as Capt. Lloyd Bucher on "Pueblo" (1973). His movie roles include portrayals of the enigmatic Deep Throat in "All the President's Men" (1976), and "Into The Wild" (2007), which he earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

Rose-Hulman's Performing Arts Series brings world-class performances to local audiences of all ages. The gala and other fundraising efforts help keep show ticket prices, and free and discounted tickets are regularly provided for area youth organizations.

Additionally, thousands of local elementary school students are able to attend Hatfield Hall's school-day matinee performances of the Discovery Series, which introduces science and engineering in a fun and interactive way to younger audiences.

For more information about the show, persons may contact Rose-Hulman Performing Arts Coordinator Bunny Nash at 812-877-8875 or e-mail Bunny.Nash@rose-hulman.edu.

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