Upcoming Productions




Special Benefit Performance for

Mark Twain Boyhood Home

and Museum of Hannibal, MO.


Mark Twain Civil War 8x11 Poster

Trinity United Church of Christ to Present Benefit Theatre Performance to Raise Funds for Mark Twain Boyhood Home Museum on July 7

     Trinity United Church of Christ of Gettysburg, PA. will present a benefit performance of Mark Twain’s Civil War from Richmond, Virginia’s 3 Penny Theatre on July 7 at 7 p.m. to raise money for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum of Hannibal, Missouri.  The museum is currently raising funds to restore the historic Pilaster House/Grant’s Drug Store in Hannibal where Mark Twain’s family lived. 

     Every July Gettysburg, PA. hosts the annual Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg with thousands of Civil War reenactors.   This year, after spending the day watching North and South fight again, come get another view of the War Between the States from humorist and Civil War veteran Mark Twain in Mark Twain’s Civil War.  This 3 Penny Theatre production from Richmond, Va. tells the story of how Twain rose from a private to an officer commanding a battery of infantry and was almost captured by Ulysses S. Grant himself.  According to Twain the military “was fun, full of laughter and nonsense,” but after the first hour “we couldn’t keep that up.”

     Mark Twain’s Civil War has professional actor Ray Carver as Mark Twain.  Carver states, “Twain told the story of his military career to veterans groups, and it was his contribution to the Century Magazine’s landmark series “Battles and Leaders of the Civil War” in the 1880’s.”

     Carver, unlike other actors portraying the famous humorist, plays Twain in his ‘50’s when he was writing his masterpiece Huckleberry Finn. Critics say of his performance “It seems as though time indeed has been suspended — that could be the drawling Mark Twain up there on stage, reeling off one-liners and holding the audience in a spell. . .” His work at the Minnesota Festival Theater was called “impressive”.

         Mark Twain’s Civil War is a one night only event to benefit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum of Hannibal, MO.  For over one hundred years this Hannibal museum has been telling the story of Mark Twain’s formative years along the Mississippi River, which became the basis for his books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  Currently, the museum is raising money to restore the Pilaster House/Grant’s Drug Store building, where Twain’s family lived.  This historic building has been closed and placed on Missouri Preservation’s Most Endangered Buildings List.

         Admission to Mark Twain’s Civil War is a donation at the door to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum — $1, $3, $5, $10, $15 or more – any donation you can afford. All donations go to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum.

       Mark Twain’s Civil War is a one night only event in Gettysburg, PA.  It will be

July 7th at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ — 60 East High Street in

downtown Gettysburg.  Parking is free.  For more information  call 717-334-7266 or

visit http://www.gettysburgtrinityucc.org .



A Note To The Audience of 

“Mark Twain’s

Civil War”

Mark Twain has promised on the night of the performance:

A Splendid Orchestra!

   is in town, but has not been engaged 

Magnificent Fireworks! 

were contemplated, but the idea has been abandoned 

A Grand Torchlight Procession!

is being held five blocks away 

The Trouble Begins At Seven O’clock! 

Trinity United Church of Christ

60 East High Street Gettysburg, PA. 17325



Ray Carver Headshot

RAY CARVER has been working over 45 years in the theatre as an actor, director, designer, playwright, and producer for community, educational, and professional theaters. Working in the Midwest, he founded two small theaters. One of which was chosen by Iowa State Capitol Centennial Commission to represent Iowa’s theatres in the State Capitol Centennial Time Capsule. Also, the acting classes he taught were featured on the state wide Iowa public television network. In Minnesota’s Twin Cities he worked as a director and designer for several of the many theaters in Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. As a lighting designer he designed the lighting system for the theater attached to the Meredith Willson (author of “The Music Man) Museum. Ray is the author of many plays, including a published series of plays used in schools across the country.  Besides acting onstage and in film, he’s performed and directed published books on tape. Since coming to Richmond, Virginia, he revitalized the after school theatre program at the high school where he works and started doing productions for Richmond’s Acts of Faith Theatre Festival which led to his founding of the Three-Penny Theatre. Some of the Three-Penny productions have been “Life On The Mississippi; an evening with Mark Twain, “Ghosts; a night of storytelling based works by Richmond Artists”, “Nothing To Fear”, and “The Rivah Home Companion”. RHC was a Richmond version of Prairie Home Companion focused on the diversity that is in Richmond.



October 2018


“Witch!”, a new play by Ray Carver, is a Halloween tale of olde New England set in Essex Village, Massachusetts in 1692.  It tells the story of Bess, a young woman who lost her family in an Indian massacre and is taken in by the good people of Essex.  Soon, though, signs of satanic magic start appearing and Essex is plunged into a search for witches.  “Witch!” weaves together Nathaniel Hawthorn’s stories and the latest scholarship on the Salem Witch Trials to create an exciting spine-chilling October evening of theatre.  


Later Life

Later Life handbill

3 Penny Theatre presents “Later Life” by A. R. Gurney

starring Mark Atkinson & Ann Davis

For Richmond’s *Acts of Faith Theatre Festival

Later Life Production Guide

* Find out more about the Acts of Faith Festival at www.theactsoffaith.org

Austin has lived his entire life with one article of faith, he’s convinced that something terrible is bound to happen to him. One night, at a party, overlooking Boston harbor, he has the pleasure of rekindling a romance begun almost thirty years ago with Ruth.  Comically, and sometimes painfully, Ruth and Austin rediscover each other and themselves while a bevy of free-spirited other party guests remind them of the infinite possibilities that life holds, should one only choose to pursue them.

“Later Life” at the faith we place in our self-fulfilling prophecies and what happens when we’re given the opportunity not to make them come true.

. “Charmingly clever yet immeasurably touching.” —NY Post. 

3 Penny Theatre presents “Later Life” by A. R. Gurney 

Friday March 16 at 7 p.m., Saturday March 17 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Friday March 23 at 7 p.m., Saturday March 24 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Acts of Faith Talkbacks follow each performance.




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