James Still Rewrites Twain for Diaries of Adam and Eve-Searching for Eden, in Missouri Sept. 5-Oct. 19

News   James Still Rewrites Twain for Diaries of Adam and Eve-Searching for Eden, in Missouri Sept. 5-Oct. 19 Playwright James Still has combined Mark Twain's comic stories about Adam and Eve and added a new twist, to create The Diaries of Adam and Eve-Searching for Eden, getting its world premiere in a two-actor staging by American Hartland Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.

Performances for the romantic comedy begin Sept. 5 and continue to Oct. 19. AHT presents in Kansas City's Crown Center. Paul Hough directs.

The Diaries of Adam and Eve-Searching for Eden is billed as "a hilarious look at life, time and love," with a second half created by Still.

According to production notes, "In 1893, Mark Twain wrote 'Extracts from the Diary of Adam' and following the death of his beloved wife, Livy Langdon, he penned 'Eve's Diary.' Inspired by these short stories, James Still has crafted and adapted the writings into a heartfelt comedy about the First Couple at the dawn of time."

In the play's second section, after the fall of the couple, "the pair is thrust forward in time to the present," in an imagining by Still. "Adam and Eve, despite the passing of many millenniums, have aged only 20 years.  They are now vacationing at a plush resort now named Eden Park. Adam is a marriage counselor and Eve is a movie producer. The battle of the sexes continues into the modern world, as Adam does his best to rekindle romance on their anniversary."

Sean Grennan and Barbara McCulloh play Adam and Eve, respectively. Grennan is a Chicago native now living in New York. His work has been seen at The Goodman Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. McCulloh comes to Kansas City from New York City where she has performed on Broadway as Anna in The King and I, as well as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan. James Still penned the regional play, Looking Over The President's Shoulder, starring the late John Henry Redwood, seen at AHT and elsewhere. A staging is planned for Ford's Theater in Washington, DC, in 2003-04.

Still is a native of Kansas and a graduate of The University of Kansas in Lawrence.

For information and reservations, call (816) 842-9999, or visit www.ahtkc.com.

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The Twain stories inspired the first act of the musical, The Apple Tree, by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock.

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