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Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve

David Birney

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573691720

Edited and Adapted for the Stage by David Birney
"Sharp and resourceful...played with freshness and theatricality....charming." –Variety
A light-hearted look at the world's first love story through the eyes of America's greatest humorist.

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Faith-based

90 minutes

Settings Of Play - Flexible. Can be done full set - a victorian gazebo with benches and two tall stools. Can also be done with four chairs. But of course, an apple is required, preferably on a tall, ivy entwined pole or branch.


No intermission

Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups

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.

"Endearing... a reminder of Twain's storytelling genius and how much fun it can be...flavorful as apple cider, pungent, ironic." –The Los Angeles Times

"Sharp and resourceful... played with freshness and theatricality... charming." –Variety

"Mark Twain isn't just for Hal Holbrook anymore. David Birney brings Mark Twain's words to life... in a romantic adventure for the ages." –Times Union, Albany, NY

"This utterly engaging work seduces the audience with an ease that would make the sly satanic snake supremely jealous." Santa Barbara News Press

First produced for PBS "American Playhouse," The Diaries... is a uniquely American theatre piece. Since that time, the show has enjoyed well over 200 productions, in both extended runs and touring engagements at regional theatres, college and university theatres, and performing arts centers on both coasts and across the country



1m, 1f


Adam and Eve must move from youth to maturity playing out the life of the couple together until the death of Eve. Some "aging" is required: it needn't be extreme but some indication of change, of age is necessary.  There are two baby baskets that hold the mimed "babies," Cain and Able.

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N/A (Not a musical)

David Birney

David Birney

David Birney is an award-winning actor/director, most recently honored with The Millennium Award for performance from the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D. C. His extensive stage credits include starring roles on Broadway as Salieri in Amadeus, David in Benefactors, and Jack Tanner in Man and Superman; as well as major roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, New York's Lincoln Center ... view full profile

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Patricia Sidman 9/24/2013 12:46 PM
This is a sweet show with a nice mix of humor and tenderness.  It may be a bit complicated to stage as a full production but can be doen as a staged reading or something in-between.

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