Spend an Afternoon with Mark Twain

09/13/2011
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

Mark Twain’s wit and wisdom live on, thanks to a former college president.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m., audiences will be invited to meander down the mighty Mississippi with “An Afternoon with Mark Twain,” featuring Dr. Marvin Cole performing as the famed author at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston.

The event is a special benefit fundraiser for the GPC/DeKalb Retiree Association scholarship fund, and is co-sponsored by the GPC Fine Arts Department, with the Southern Academy for Literary Arts & Scholarly Research.

With his wiry white hair and distinctive mustache, Cole looks like Twain—and for the past 35 years, the former DeKalb College president has taken up that role on stage, impersonating and quoting the man known for his biting wit and timeless anecdotes about human nature.

“Twain’s main purpose was to satirize human cruelty to other humans in the hope of realizing the need to respect all people. He poked fun at pretensions and exposed sham,” said Cole. (But) “He also knew the mental and healing benefits of humor to audiences. Mark Twain … is still telling the truth 100 years after his death.”

Cole has taken his “Twain” show across the nation, and has been a featured performer on Mississippi paddle boats, including the American Queen, the Mississippi Queen, and the Delta Queen.

The event will be in the auditorium that bears Cole’s name. The Cole Auditorium is located in the GPC Fine Arts Building, 555 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

Tickets are $20 with proceeds designated to help endow the GPC/DeKalb Retiree Association scholarship fund. General admission tickets can be purchased with cash, check (made payable to GPC) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover.)

This event is suggested for children 10 and older. Neither infants nor toddlers will be admitted. . For tickets, call 678-891-3572 or e-mail gpctagtx@gpc.edu.
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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 26,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.