Friday, June 25, 2021 2:00 PM CDT

Mark Twain Narrators

Host: PJ Ochlan

Description: Mark Twain was one of America’s greatest storytellers. Every year, the Hear Now Festival features a selection of readers interpreting excerpts from Twain’s large body of work. Since we are not able to stage the festival’s usual event at Prospero’s Bookstore in Kansas City, we are presenting this year’s Mark Twain Narrators live online.

Join us for a delightful taste of a great man of letters.

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Thomas Machin

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Eric Jason Martin

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Larry Cedar

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Andrea Emmes

An award-winning narrator with over 200 titles, Andrea Emmes has been a professional actor for over twenty years, performing on stage, television, film, video games, and audiobooks. She has a degree in Game Art and Design and is the producer of the short, animated film, “Mila”. Her wide range of character voices and her dynamic and emotionally invested performances have reviewers and listeners alike raving about how effortlessly she pulls people in.

Larry Cedar

With a professional career spanning over 40 years, Larry Cedar has over 300 professional television, film, theater, and commercial credits. Most notably he recurred for three seasons as Leon, the opium-addicted card dealer, in the HBO hit series Deadwood, and for six seasons on the Children’s Television Workshop’s PBS program, Square One TV. A graduate of the UCLA MFA acting program, his feature film work includes Call of the Wild, Love & Monsters, The Crazies, Midnight Son, Towelhead, Hollywoodland, National Treasure 2, Constantine, Feds, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Twilight Zone. Recent television includes Young Sheldon, Trial and Error, Mad Men, Runaways, Law and Order, For the People, American Horror Story, Grey's Anatomy and Community.

Larry's extensive theater credits include several appearances at The Colony Theatre (Best of Enemies, Travels With My Aunt, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Around the World in 80 Days), The Geffen Playhouse (Discord, Nightmare Alley), Reprise Productions; (The World Goes Round, She Loves Me [Ovation Award Winner Best Featured Actor in a Musical], Li’l Abner, Anything Goes [Ovation Award Nominee], On the Town, Brigadoon, 1776, and They’re Playing Our Song). The Mark Taper Forum (Hoagy, Bix and Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhaus [as Hoagy Carmichael]), Laguna Playhouse (It's a Wonderful Life, Harvey).

Over the past several years Larry has adapted and performed four one-man literary stage adaptations based on the works of George Orwell (ORWELLIAN), Fyodor Dostoevsky (Notes From the Underground), and Franz Kafka (Letter to My Father and The Burrow) and will premiere his third Kafka piece, The Hunger Artist, at this summer's Hollywood Fringe Theater Festival. For more information and updates, find him on IMDB (, Facebook ( ) or visit his website at ( .

Nancy Peterson

Nancy Peterson - an Audie Award winner, multiple Voice Arts Award and Independent Audiobook Award nominee - began her career in audiobooks with petty theft. Her dad’s brand-new-and-strictly-off-limits tape recorder was too tempting to bear. She and her friends recreated worlds from favorite chapter books, reading aloud into the device. She never could have dreamed that this would be the beginning of a career she loves. A 25- year veteran actor of stage, screen and recording studio. Nancy has a penchant for dialects; diving deep into the study of language. Her narration style, summed up by AudioFile Magazine, “creates the sense of listening to a play instead of a straightforward reading.” Nancy resides near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and children, two dogs, three fish, one turtle, one snake, a hive of bees, and a gecko.

Emily McGee

Emily McGee has appeared in numerous audio, theatre, and film productions throughout Indianapolis and Bloomington. Recently you may have seen and heard her as Vampira in Ed Wood: The Musical at the HEAR Now Audio Festival in Kansas City, Mrs.McKee and Mrs. Michaelis in Cardinal Stage Company’s production of The Great Gatsby, Dr. Lanyon in Ivy Tech’s Production of Jekyll and Hyde, and The Creature in the live audio drama performance of Frankenstein produced by the Bloomington Writer’s Guild and the Monroe County Public Library. Emily also regularly lends her puppetry skills and voice as Peggy, in the 4-time Emmy nominated and 3-time Telly award winning children’s short Peggy’s Poetry and Zarg, which is featured weekly on The Friday Zone through WTIU.

Thomas Machin

Thomas Machin is a full time Voice Actor located just outside Indianapolis, but can work from his own studio to anywhere in the world. He has a bachelor’s degrees in Radio/TV and Marketing from Butler University and a masters in Electronic Engineering and worked in the audio field since 1981. Thomas has voiced and produced hundreds of PSAs and commercials for radio and has several audiobooks including some Hear Now Festival Award-Winning productions. He can be contacted through or

Eric Jason Martin

Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, voice performer, and author, based in Los Angeles. He is the AudioFile Earphones and Audie Award–winning narrator of over 300 audiobooks. Eric is the director of Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne's original series Heads Will Roll, featuring Meryl Streep (Broadway Video/Audible), and produced, directed, and narrated Stinker Lets Loose!, starring Jon Hamm (Audible), both New York Times Bestsellers. His production of Mr. New Orleans, starring Westworld's Louis Herthum, is a 2021 Audie Award nominee. In March 2021, Eric released his first novel as an author, "New Arcadia: Stage One,"" with an all-star multi-cast audiobook featuring an original soundtrack, through his Sound Off Productions label.