HUFFINGTON POST
03/15/2012 04:12 pm ET Updated Mar 16, 2012

Val Kilmer In 'Citizen Twain': Actor To Play Mark Twain In New One-Man Play

Val Kilmer is set to play the backwoods literary genius Mark Twain in his one-man show "Citizen Twain," Playbill reports.

Kilmer wrote, directed and stars in the play, that is said to be a mix of the author's biography and a celebration of words and storytelling. The play has been shown in development to audiences at the Disney Concert Hall, Tim Robbins' The Actors' Gang, and The United States Veterans Artists' Alliance Hall.

Though better known for his roles in films like "Batman Forever" and "The Outsiders," Kilmer has had a role in a handful of plays including "How It All Began," which he co-authored and starred in in 1981.

This isn't the first time Twain, or his works, has been on stage either. One of the most well-known is the 2001 Broadway musical hit "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" based off the book of the same name. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was also adapted for the stage in the 1984 Broadway musical, "Big River - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," and was received with acclaim.

The play will run for two weekends in March and April at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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