The Diaries of Adam & Eve

Nov 2, 2015

lucas_cranach_d-_c3a4-_001-d0bad0bed0bfd0b8d18fWe seem to be on an apple bent in Talk of Our Towns this week, as Saturday is the time for the Hard Core Cider Tour at Brookside Park, and apples always bring to mind the story about the first of our kind, Adam and Eve.…

SATURDAY.–I am almost a whole day old, now. I arrived yesterday. That is as it seems to me. And it must be so, for if there was a day-before-yesterday I was not there when it happened, or I should remember it. It could be, of course, that it did happen, and that I was not noticing. Very well; I will be very watchful now, and if any day-before-yesterdays happen I will make a note of it. It will be best to start right and not let the record get confused, for some instinct tells me that these details are going to be important to the historian some day. For I feel like an experiment, I feel exactly like an experiment; it would be impossible for a person to feel more like an experiment than I do, and so I am coming to feel convinced that that is what I AM–an experiment; just an experiment, and nothing more.

Then if I am an experiment, am I the whole of it? No, I think not; I think the rest of it is part of it. I am the main part of it, but I think the rest of it has its share in the matter. Is my position assured, or do I have to watch it and take care of it? The latter, perhaps. Some instinct tells me that eternal vigilance is the price of supremacy. [That is a good phrase, I think, for one so young.]
—Mark Twain, Eve’s Diary, 1906

Eve’s Diary and Extracts from Adam’s Diary takes two of Mark Twain’s short stories and “mashes” them up. Director Danette Christine at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena takes four racially and culturally diverse couples and throw them into the mix “as they build their Garden of Eden on a very American foundation.”

Adam just wants some peace and quiet. Eve is wide-eyed with wonder and curiosity. Possibly prototypes for Gray’s Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus in this “time-traveling, culture clashing” first world, The Diaries of Adam and Eve sets the stage for the first battle of the sexes.


Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve, 1504, engraving

Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve, 1504, engraving



Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam & Eve
November 5,6,7,13 & 14
Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena 91030
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MONDAY.–This new creature with the long hair is a good deal in the way. It is always hanging around and following me about. I don’t like this; I am not used to company. I wish it would stay with the other animals. . . . Cloudy today, wind in the east; think we shall have rain. . . . WE? Where did I get that word –the new creature uses it.
—Mark Twain, Extracts from Adam’s Diary, 1904






Top right: Adam and Eve (partial) by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526.





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