Heritage Stage Productions

On the Seventh Day of Christmas

Written and Performed by veteran stage actors, Clark A. Cruikshank & Richard Garey

Sam and Charlie Ring in the New Year

Audiences love this special stage visit between Charles Dickens and Samuel Clemens called “The Seventh Day of Christmas.” On December 31, 1867, Sam Clemens took his future wife, Olivia Langdon, on their first date to see Mr. Charles Dickens speak at Steinway Hall in New York City. In this delightful play, Sam and Charles meet after the show, by accident, at a gentlemen’s club and ring in the New Year of 1868 with a rollicking ride fueled by memories, hopes, regrets, tall tales and a fair amount of whiskey.

The play captures the humor and pathos of two great literary minds and features a few delightful appearances of the spirits from A Christmas Carol. Meet Charles Dickens, the man who created Christmas, and Samuel L. Clemens, the American writer and humorist and man of the 19th century.

Richard Garey - Actor

Richard is a veteran stage actor best known for his stage show Mark Twain Himself which he has performed in over 40 states, Canada, and Bermuda. Garey has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR All Things Considered. Garey owns the historic Planters Barn Theater in Hannibal, where he has performed for 17 seasons. His one man shows include Mark Twain Himself, A Shepherd’s Tale, and Centurion. Over the last three years he has appeared on television in Germany, China, and Japan. He was recently featured in the Hannibal television production of Small Town Big Deal. In 2017 Garey published a book of poetry based on his Hannibal research called Hannibal at the Door.

Clark A. Cruikshank - Actor

Clark has been a professional theatre artist for forty-five years. As one half of Studio 57 Productions (his wife Maria is the other half), he has staged several shows in Hannibal, including It’s a Wonderful Life, My Way: a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Miracle on 34th Street, Sing for Your Supper, Casablanca, and A Christmas Carol. For Bluff City Theater, he wrote and acted in Unfinished: The Last Fireside Chat, and Insane Sisters. Prior to relocating to Hannibal in 2011, Clark served as Producing Director and artist-in-residence at the Rural America Arts Partnership’s Jon Hassler Theater in Plainview, Minnesota, where he staged twenty-eight plays, concerts and cabarets in collaboration with other Minnesota artists. Clark, a proud member since 1996 of Actors’ Equity Association (the American union of actors and stage managers).