In "Mark Twain and the Laughing River," written in 1996, Jim Post uses the thread of his music to weave a funny and touching tapestry of the author's colorful life. He's taken the show from his little Trolley Depot Theater in Galena, to the Smithsonian, to the English Speaking Theatre in Vienna, Austria, and many points in between. It won an American Library Association Award, and the lyrics to one of the show's songs, "Mighty Big River," are included in the 1999 edition, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: With Connections.
Post says he resisted playing Twain at first, believing that his faithful audiences would expect him to sing, until someone pointed out that Twain, who traveled extensively as a speaker, himself played the banjo, guitar and piano and sang at parties. Post now possesses an amazing affinity for the man he portrays, even choking up as he describes the tender relationship Twain and his wife shared.