Upcoming Staged Reading Will Celebrate Sam and Livy's 150th Wedding Anniversary

February 2, 2020, marks Sam Clemens and Livy Langdon’s 150th wedding anniversary. Please be our guest at the 2020 celebration of the happy occasion, with dramatic readings from Mark Twain’s imagined “Diaries of Adam and Eve”, Twain’s own recollection of the wedding after Livy’s death, Ida Langdon’s discerning thoughts about her aunt and uncle, as well as a few surprise performances inspired by Twain’s penchant for bending truth in the service to telling a good story. We promise an unforgettable evening of re-imagining the union of Elmira’s most famous lovers!

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00pm in the Watson Arena Theater on the Elmira College Campus.

Student Performers and Participants Include:

  • Marisa Woodley’23
  • Elijah Jordan’23
  • Sarah Turner’20
  • Music by Patrick Hoose-Saukas’21
  • Music by Noah Dorchester’21
  • Lighting by Hanna Yoselevich’22

The performance, sponsored by the Center for Mark Twain Studies and Elmira College Theatre Department, is free and open to the public.


The CMTS staff assembled a number of resources for teachers interested in bringing Mark Twain Studies into their classrooms based on this event. Teachers and non-profit institutions may use these resources freely.