Val Kilmer is Citizen Twain in Ybor City

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Val Kilmer is an actor with a curious resumé. His iconic performance as Iceman in Top Gun, Mentor in True Romance, and Doc Holiday in Tombstone earned him critical praise and commercial success. While the quality of the film is subject to debate, Kilmer is also one of several actors to don the Batsuit in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever.

Prolific actor embodies an American literary icon 

One of Kilmer’s more recent projects is Citizen Twain — a performances in which Kilmer transforms himself into the “First American.” Citizen Twain is based on the life of the man, Samuel Clemens, and his writings as Mark Twain. From his thoughts on politics (including his famous disdain for the U.S. Congress), to his family and ultimately his faith and God, Twain spins a series of yarns with his timeless satire and incomparable wit.

Kilmer will be at the Improv on July 11 to introduce the 90-minute film and conduct a Q&A with the audience following the screening. VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity to meet, chat and take photos with the actor.

Rave reviews for humanizing portrait of Samuel Clemens 

He wrote, produced, directed and starred in Citizen Twain. Salon says the one-man-play is a “hilarious, humanizing portrait of one of America’s greatest authors, showing him reviewing the events of his life in a fashion that seamlessly merges Twain’s best writing with Kilmer’s modern sensibilities.”

Doors for the event open at 6:30pm. The screening begin at 7:30pm. General admission tickets are $30.  The Improv is located at 1600 E 8th Avenue C-112 in Ybor City.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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