A Moment With The Apple Tree and Me. . .

 

Thank you, Wikipedia

 Long ago in a small theater in Nyack, NY, The Elmwood Playhouse, before I dreamed of working professionally as an actor, a casting call went out for a workshop.  The Apple Tree directed by Jane Hunt. I showed up and read. Later Jane said she had pictured Eve dewy eyed, innocent and blond. I had dark hair, dark eyes and many children. I got the part.  A fine experienced actor Terry by name played the part of Adam. Richard Hunt, Jane’s son and one of the original Jim Henson’s Muppeteers would be the snake.  He never came to rehearsals. Opening night, I said I would follow his movement in the dance and I did. We were a great team.

At home I still sing the charming songs recalling every word and the joy in being a part of a special performance.

Synopsis

The Diary of Adam and Eve

In the first story, Adam awakes to find that he is required to name all of the animals. He names them simply: flyers, swimmers and crawlers. He enjoys being the “sole and single man” on Earth. Then, he meets Eve, the “long haired creature”, in the garden. Eve greatly enjoys her time “Here in Eden”, and begins to name everything with more detailed names: cows, ducks, horses, etc. Adam becomes annoyed with Eve and she hurts his feelings when he discovers that she thinks she is superior to him. Eve doesn’t think that Adam appreciates her and he makes her feel put out, but she begins to have some “Feelings” for him. Adam builds a shelter for himself, but when he sees Eve sitting in the rain he invites her in, where she immediately begins redecorating which Adam hates. Although Adam is annoyed, he too begins to have Feelings for “Eve.” The two get into another argument, this time about cutting the grass around their house. After the fight, Adam storms away and Eve decides to go to a pond, where she thinks her reflection is someone just like her and that they are best “Friends”. Soon, a snake appears. It seems to know everything, and tells Eve that she can know everything, too, as long as she eats the apples from the tree over the hill – the tree that Adam told her was forbidden. The snake tells her that Adam is wrong and that the apples are not “Forbidden Fruit”. She eats an apple, but suddenly Adam realizes that something has happened to his “Beautiful, Beautiful World”. Once the couple is out of Eden, they become closer. They now need each other more and have come to tolerate each other’s weaknesses. Soon, Eve has their f.irst child, Cain, but Adam thinks that “It’s a Fish”. Eve sings the baby a “Lullaby”, and soon they have another son, Abel. After the boys grow up, Cain kills Abel and Eve reflects on her life, including her feelings for Adam. She tells Adam that she wants the two of them to die together, or at least have her die first because she needs him more than he needs her (to which he protests). She then reflects on “What Makes Me Love Him”. Eve dies and Adam, who always hated flowers, begins to water her garden, because she loved the flowers so much.

If you ever have a chance to see the Apple Tree, please do and think of me. Thanks, Charmaine

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