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Theatre of Dare returns to in-person performances with ‘The Diaries of Adam & Eve’

Theatre of Dare is wrapping up its 30th season with a first for the community theatre group: outdoor performances of “The Diaries of Adam & Eve” at The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island.

This will be the group’s first live audience since “Mame” closed on March 1, 2020.

“Vaccinated cast and crew, limited outdoor seating, and a beautiful ‘Garden of Eden’ setting,” said director Tyler Hudson. “It’s actually the perfect production and perfect place for us to get back to live theatre.”

“The play was taken from a series of short stories Twain wrote in 1904 and 1905, wittily chronicling the Biblical couple’s meeting, verbal sparring, and falling in love both before and after the Garden’s fall,” stated a Theatre of Dare press release. “Actor David Birney adapted and edited the diaries into a two-person play that premiered on the PBS series American Playhouse in 1989.”

“It has everything you would expect from Mark Twain,” says Beth Egbert, who takes on the role of the inquisitive and talkative Eve. “It’s funny, it’s charming, and it’s deeply moving. I think the audience will enjoy his unique take on the world’s first love story.”

Theatre of Dare scheduled this play before COVID hit, teaming up with The Elizabethan Gardens to present an outdoor performance in a springtime setting.

Due to COVID, only 50 tickets per performance will be sold. Chairs will be available, but audience members may also bring a blanket to sit on the lawn. The Elizabethan Gardens will be providing refreshments for sale before the show and during intermission.

“It’s a fitting re-start to live theatre on the Outer Banks . . . a ‘re-Genesis’, if you will,” says Tim Hass, who plays Adam.

“Just pray for good weather.”

‘The Diaries of Adam and Eve” will be performed at the Elizabethan Gardens at 2 p.m. on May 8, 9, 15 and 16. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.theatreofdareobx.com.

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