Twain Meets Tita

TWAIN MEETS TITA: THE SESQUICENTENNIAL SANDWICH ISLES TOUR

To celebrate the sesquicentennial of Mark Twain’s 1866 visit to Hawaii, Maui’s own Kathy Collins and Nevada’s McAvoy Layne will present “Twain Meets Tita” on Monday, May 2, 7 p.m., at Mark’s Garage in Honolulu.  This powerful show could well be subtitled, “Satire Meets Attitude.”

Employing wit, wisdom and humor, everybody’s favorite Island Tita of 2016 will attempt to drag the Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope into the 21st century.  Where Twain’s price of land on Maui was as little as one dollar an acre, Tita insists that dollar today will get you “not even one bag sand.”

In honor of Mother’s Day, as an added attraction at no extra cost, Kathy and McAvoy will read from “The Diaries of Adam & Eve,” in period dress (Twain’s period, not Adam’s).

McAvoy Layne has portrayed Mark Twain for the past 28 years, in over 4000 performances from Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City to Leningrad University in Russia.  He is the ghost of Samuel Clemens in The Discovery Channel’s Cronkite Award-winning documentary, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and has received numerous awards for his portrayals, including the Nevada Award for Excellence in School and Library Service.

Kathy Collins began performing on stage at the age of 13 and started her broadcast career at 17.  Raised on Maui she often calls on her pidgin-speaking alter ego, “Tita,” during her weekly storytelling sessions at Makena Resort and frequent appearances at schools and libraries.  Collins and tita have performed at festivals across the U.S. and Canada, including the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Project in New York City.

Reunited 40 years after their Maui radio days, Layne and Collins sparkle with comic chemistry, tickling your fancy and touching your heart.