Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain

Written and Performed by Joe Baer

2022 Recipient of FIVE TANYS AWARDS!

Baerhands Theater is proud to announce that Joe Baer is the recipient of five awards from the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) for its production of Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain. TANYS awards are presented in three categories: Outstanding Achievement, for theatrical skill rarely seen in non-professional theater; Excellence, denoting theatrical skill not routinely noted in non-professional theater; and Meritorious Achievement, meaning some advanced theatrical skill was noted. The awards received through a roving adjudication process are:

  • Excellence in Acting to Joe Baer for his portrayal of Samuel Clemens
  • Meritorious Achievement in Playwriting to Joe Baer
  • Meritorious Achievement in Slide Show Research and Management to Cynthia Baer

In addition, Baerhands Theater was invited to perform at the TANYS 2022 Festival this past November, where Joe Baer was recognized with the

  • 2022 Festival Adjudicators’ Discretionary Award For Excellence In Overall Production; and
  • 2022 Festival People’s Choice Award for his portrayal as Samuel Clemens.

Remarked Baer,” A huge thank you to all those who were able to attend our performances throughout the year and who enthusiastically support community theater.” He added with a smile, “As Twain would say, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.””

TANYS is a non-profit theater organization that serves as an educational resource and advocate for all non-professional theater entities in the state of New York-including community theaters, university and college theater departments, secondary school drama departments, and children’s theaters. The Theater Association gives several awards annually based on a year-round Roving Adjudication Merit process provided by the organization. A finite number of performances are then invited to perform at the TANYS annual Theater Festival where final awards are determined.

Baerhands Theater and Joe Baer thank everyone for supporting this endeavor and wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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All you need in life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

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