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10th Annual Art and Literary Festival

The Life and Works of Mark Twain

The Joslyn Castle is excited to announce our 10th annual Art and Literary Festival: The Life and Works of Mark Twain! In partnership with Metropolitan Community College’s Theatre, Art, and English departments, we present two full weeks dedicated to his life and works.

The Art and Literary Festival will run from September 12-29th at the Joslyn Castle, and will offer live theatre, lectures and discussion, short story contest, Mark Twain look-a-like contest, photography, live music and much more!


Theatre and Lectures

Students and local actors will perform “An Evening with Mark Twain: A Dramatized Selection of Works” in the historic Music Room.

The MCC Theatre program’s dramatizations will include a variety of Mark Twain’s work. Omaha’s Nils Haaland will perform speeches and essays as Twain, while Christina Rohling and Karl Rohling will portray the title couple in “The Diaries of Eve and Adam.” An ensemble of MCC students and local actors will present a collection of short pieces: “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” “My Late Senatorial Secretaryship,” “Lionizing Murderers,” “The Capitoline Venus” and “A Curious Pleasure Excursion.”

Special lectures will be held on September 19 and 26, prior to the evening's performances. The lectures will discuss Twain’s life and will be given by MCC English instructor Dr. Kimberly Armstrong and Dr. David Peterson of the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Reserve Your Tickets: Full Performance and Lecture Schedule on the Events Calendar


Our festival media partner KVNO FM, will host their annual Classical Kids reception and concert on Sunday, September 29th, from 1pm-4pm.

Each month, KVNO honors the gift of the arts in our youth by recognizing an outstanding student musician. A panel of local music educators and KVNO staff members choose students whose musical efforts exemplify the value and richness of the arts in a young person's life.

This is your opportunity to see them perform live in the Castle’s storied Music Room!

The 2019 Joslyn Castle Art and Literary Festival is proudly presented with underwriting support from the John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation, Kimmel Charitable Foundation, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Bob and Maggie Mundy.