The Diaries of Adam & Eve by David Birney, Mark Twain

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October 14th, 15th @ 7pm
October 16th @ 2pm (Matinee)


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Stage: Second Stage
Type: Comedy / Drama
Rating: G
Author(s): David Birney (Edited & Adapted for Stage), Mark Twain (Original Story)
Source material:
"Extracts from Adam's Diary" and "Eve's Diary" by Mark Twain

Synopsis of "The Diaries of Adam and Eve"

Mark Twain's "The Diaries of Adam and Eve", is a uniquely American theatre piece, funny, beautiful, and deeply moving. David Birney has crafted a light-hearted look at the world's first love story through the eyes of America's greatest humorist, Mark Twain, whose Garden of Eden bursts with wit, laughter and the lyric poignance of the first love and the first loss.

Mark Twain wrote the diaries in two parts. The first, “The Diaries of Adam” was written in the 1890’s when he was in his 50’s and struggling with falling fortune and an ailing wife.

The second, “The Diaries of Eve” was written fifteen years later, when he was in his seventies, and after the death of his beloved wife.

When we joined the two voices together in one dramatic piece, we found a remarkable love story. It is the story of the first lovers, who meet under unusual circumstances, and find a way to build a life together, until death parts them. Full of heart, pathos, and, since it is Mark Twain, much humor, it tells a story to which we can all relate.

This is an excerpt of Adam’s first thoughts of Eve:

Adam: “This new creature with the long hair is a good deal in the way. It is always hanging about and getting in the way. I wish it would stay with the other animals. I wish this new creature would not talk.”


Production Staff

Director — Terrie Harris


Adam — Donovan Leary

Eve — Sami Bierlein

Angel/Devil — David Coffey