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Frolicking with Mark and Satan

What better way to start a play than with two of the world’s most engaging characters! All that the play’s author really has to do ... well, almost to bring his two inimitable leads together, and let them dazzle us with their lively foolery and scathing wit. In reading or attending this play, we recognize Mark Twain’s persona at once, because he is so beautifully and convincingly portrayed. However, the Devil, as conceived by author Wyn, is very likely to surprise us, for he/she/it is not at all like the sulfurous evil one of biblical lore. The Devil Wyn has imagined is a gay blade - an androgynous libertarian, willing to let any departed soul freely choose, whether to dwell among playful sinners in hell, or spend placid eons in the company of upright dullards and fluttering angels. But the Devil regards Mark’s case as very special. When it comes to a favorite tall-tale-teller like Mark Twain, the Devil really wants him to choose Hell, and is ready to use all his satanic guile to persuade Mark that Hell is where he belongs. In the last exciting episode of this play, Satan’s lure to Mark takes a familiar siren form – an enticing, shapely, wispily clad female. What do you think? Can Mark be persuaded by such an overt satanic maneuver? Will he follow the lovely lady and the Devil to Hell? By all means, read this play and find out!


About the Author


None back cover HB left Flap bio: WYN is the pseudonym for Irwin Shishko, a quixotic fellow of diverse talents. (See the brief bio on the title page of this book.) Dubbed by his wife a renaissance man, WYN left a brilliant career as a Wall Street economist to seek out other worthy experiences—first as a sponsor of medical research, later as a Berkshire amateur architect and builder, photographer, poet and playright. His book of poems and photos, “Love Calls & Roundelays” was published a few years ago by Outskirts Press. In the theater realm, one of Wyn’s liveliest creations is a short play about Don Juan. Other WYN plays centered on leading historical figures—Light Horse Harry Lee, Abraham Lincoln, and “The Great Alexander”, a play about Hamilton written years before the Hip-Hop Broadway hit bearing that name. Until now, WYN’s repute as a playwright has been constrained by his unwillingness to lavish time on marketing. But Mark & the Devil may change all that. Indeed, after reading this play, you may feel inclined to spread the word that there’s a hidden star in the theater galaxy. HB right Flap reviews KUDOS FOR MARK AND THE DEVIL Here’s a sampling of the highly appreciative comments we’ve received from a diverse group of theater afficianados to whom we sent pre-publication copies of this play. British Play Critic—Brian Miller An enjoyable, imaginative dialogue that captures the voice of Mark Twain admirably. The writing shows fluency, depth and sympathy with its period and subject. Sensitive to nuance, it is a work of high quality. Belgian CEO/ Physicist—Gerard de Beuckelaer ... a wonderful play with interesting views of the ‘personalities’ of Mark Twain and the Devil. Thoughtful and intellectually stimulating, it revisits the age old dichotomy of good and evil in an intelligent and refreshing way. I may consider translating it into Dutch, German and French. A Vermont Artist – Norma Mukai Emotionally and intellectually satisfying—an imaginative and fascinating work. The author’s wife, Renee Shishko An inimitable Mark and an equally delightful Devil. “Ever the Twain shall meet”. Great fun for any reader or theater goer!:

Also by WYN

Love Calls and Roundelays
Great Americans on Stage