SEAVIEW, Wash. - Olympic Peninsula thespians Diana Bigelow and Jim Stapleton return to the historic Sou' wester Lodge in Seaview at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 for a dramatic reading of excerpts from Mark Twain's "The Diaries of Adam and Eve."
This husband and wife team performed at the lodge two years ago in Stapleton's comedy/drama "Playing for Keeps."
In 1893 Mark Twain published an imagined diary of Adam, the First Man. In 1906, shortly after the death of his wife, Olivia, Twain completed the companion piece, "The Diary of Eve." Subsequently the two pieces have been published together. The combined "Diaries" are sprightly and fun, as one would expect from Mark Twain, but they are also touching and a little sad, as they span the entire time from the meeting of Adam and Eve in Eden to Eve's death many years later. Twain's observations on the ageless contest between Man and Woman have a surprisingly modern ring. Bigelow has selected passages from the two diaries that allow the characters to relate alternately the course of their life together in the Garden and thereafter.
Since retiring to the Olympic Peninsula in 1990 Stapleton's writing has turned to storytelling and theater. He has produced two audio tapes of original stories and has written, adapted, directed, and acted in a number of theater productions.
Bigelow studied theater at the American Festival Academy in Stratford, Conn., and at Harvard University. For the last 12 years she has pursued music and theater. In 2001 she founded "Second Stage," an alternative production series at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, where she acts and directs.
The Twain program runs about an hour. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. After intermission, for those who wish, the acting duo will be happy to share and answer any questions. While admission is free a donation is appreciated. All proceeds will be given to the Rick Murfin Medical Expense Fund.
Because of limited seating at this intimate theater experience, advance reservations are recommended. For information and reservations, call the Sou' wester Lodge at (360) 642-2542.