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Egads! GADZOOKS!!! Instead of heading to the bat cave, Val Kilmer is headed
to William Woods University.
One of the most prolific actors of his generation, Kilmer, who starred in the
1995 film, “Batman Forever,” will speak at WWU’s commencement May 5.
He is a friend of the university president’s husband.
Kilmer also will perform his one-man show, “Citizen Twain,” to what
is expected to be a sell-out crowd on May 1. Direct from L.A. to Fulton,
the performance is scheduled for 7-8:15 p.m. May 1 in historic
Dulany Auditorium.
Tickets are $50 each and seats are limited. For reservations, call
(573) 592-1176 or email
Created and performed by Kilmer, the production, “delves into the heart and
soul of Samuel Clemens and conjures forth the great spirit of Mark Twain,
America’s greatest storyteller.”  
Deeply entertaining, with great wit, song and prose, the play weaves Twain’s
biographical themes into a play that proclaims and takes joy in the marvel of
words, which, as Twain says in the play, ‘Form the ladder to my heaven.’
Kilmer, who has starred in such career-making roles as Batman, Jim
Morrison and Doc Holliday, is also an experienced stage trouper.
Off-Broadway, he has
appeared in “The Slab
Boys,” “Henry IV Part
I” and “Tis Pity She’s a
Whore,” and in Los
Angeles he played
Moses in “The Ten
Commandments: The
Spectacle Musical.”
From his work in
“Spartan,” back through
his work with Robert De
Niro and Al Pacino in the
“Heat,” to his early work
with Tom Cruise in “Top
Gun,” Kilmer has worked
with many of film’s most
respected directors
and actors.
Kilmer entered Juilliard’s
drama program at 17; at
the time, the youngest
person to be accepted.
His professional acting
career began on stage,
and he still participates
in theater.
He made his feature film
debut in the comedy
“Top Secret,” which he
followed up with “Real
Genius” and his
breakout role as the
Iceman in “Top Gun.”
More recently, Kilmer
starred in the horror
film, “The Traveler,”
and the Francis Ford
Coppola horror
thriller, “Twixt.”
His latest project is a
film that focuses
attention on two
important people from
the 19th century, Mark
Twain and Mary
Baker Eddy.
Starring as Mark Twain
in the movie, Kilmer also
wrote the screenplay, describing the film about the lives and relationship of
Mary Baker Eddy and Mark Twain as “a quirky, tender, tragicomic portrait of
two contrasting lives, set against the backdrop of Gilded Age America.”
While in Missouri, Kilmer will travel with William Woods University
representatives to Hannibal. There he will speak May 2 at the Mark Twain
Boyhood Home and Museum, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The faculty of William Woods University voted to present an Honorary
Doctorate of Fine Arts degree to Kilmer during the commencement exercises,
recognizing his creative abilities and his contributions to art and theater.
Prior to Kilmer’s appearance at William Woods, the university has scheduled
a series of his films. Those remaining are:
April 20: “Batman Forever”
(2-5 p.m., Library Auditorium)
Kilmer headlines a star-studded cast, including such Hollywood luminaries as
Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey.
April 27: “The Saint”
(2-5 p.m., Library Auditorium)
A $70 million action-espionage vehicle centered on a challenging and
unconventional protagonist who is a thief, a master of disguise, and who
chooses not to kill his adversaries.
the Hoot