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“EVE’S DIARY”: Theater Intime staged a reading of “Eve’s Diary”, presented on October 10 at the Hamilton Murray Theater. Directed by Anna Allport ’23, the show features Mark Twain’s account of the Creation story. Adam (Ally Wonski, standing left) and Eve (Oriana Nelson, standing right) meet. Seated, left to right, Mel Hornyak, Jill Leung, Elliot Lee, Madeline Buswell and Sheherzad Jamal. (Photo by Elliot Lee)
By Donald H. Sanborn III
Eve’s Journal is a witty but poignant re-imagining of events in the Garden of Eden. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) writes from the main character’s perspective, adding intermittent comments from Adam. First published in 1905, this anachronistic version of Genesis is strikingly relevant in its satire on conflict in relationships between men and women, as well as in its reflection on the search for its identity and its meaning. goal.
Twain’s story first appeared in the Christmas issue of Harper’s Bazaar, then in the anthology Their husbands’ wives. In 1906, Harper and Brothers published it in book form. It is the successor of Excerpts from Adam’s Diary (1893).
On October 10, Princeton University’s Intimate Theater presented a live, in-person, staged reading of Eve’s diary, at the Hamilton Murray Theater. The actors and the audience were masked.
Director Anna Allport reveals in a program note that she performed a story monologue in high school and that she was in love with the “surprising delight and complexity” of the work, as well as the unrelenting curiosity. end of Eve, of her stubborn spirit and unshakeable optimism. ”
Because the presentation is staged reading, the only element of production is Greyson Sapio’s lighting. An apple, placed in the center at the edge of the stage, is the only prop. However, there is enough movement to provide visual interest. Allport keeps the pace tight by avoiding pauses between monologues. Twain’s prose is split between seven actors; four actors share Eve’s lines and three read for Adam.
In the role of Eve, Oriana Nelson opens the show. She gets up and – with a spring in her step – moves to the center of the stage. “Saturday, I have almost a day,” she recites, gesturing expressively. Twain immediately imbues Eve with a mixture of self-confidence and philosophical introspection. “I feel like an experience,” she thinks at the beginning of the story, although she feels that her experiences will “one day be important for the historian.” Nelson boosts Eve’s self-confidence. Following