David Carkeet

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Eight by Twain: Plays from the Short Stories of Mark Twain
See the New Play Exchange for more information about the plays.

Recent History
(reverse chronology)

"The Burglar Alarm," an adaptation of "The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm," was produced at the Shovel Town Ten-Minute Play Festival, North Easton, MA, Sept. 15-16, 2017.

"Her Worst Enemy," an adaptation of "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut," was produced at the Valley Players TenFest, Waitsfield, Vermont, August 17-20, 2017.

Three adaptations had a staged reading at the Mark Twain Quadrennial Conference at Elmira College, Elmira, NY, August 4, 2017.

Five adaptations had a reading, in French, at "Caractères," an international book festival in Auxerre, France, May 19-21, 2017.

"Adam and Eve" was produced at Webster Groves High School, St. Louis, Missouri, March 1, 2017.

Six of the plays had a staged reading at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut, on November 30, 2016--adaptations of "The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm," "Buck Fanshaw's Funeral," "Adam and Eve," "Cannibalism in the Cars," "What is Man?" and "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg." Directed by Chris Bushey (peeking from back row below), with a cast of  community theater actors from central Connecticut.

"Adam and Eve" was produced at the Warner International Playwrights Festival in Torrington, Connecticut, on October 15, 2016.

"Her Worst Enemy" had a staged reading at the Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase in Flagstaff on Sept. 9, 10, and 11, 2016. 

The Error of Our Ways appeared in a French translation from Monsieur Toussaint Louverture, April, 2017, titled Des erreurs ont été commises, completing the Jeremy Cook trilogy that began with Le linguiste était presque parfait in 2013, followed by Une putain de catastrophe in 2014.

Double Negative
 appeared in a Greek translation from Patakis in September, 2016.

"A Report on Susan Bailey's Ancestry" appeared in twainquotes.com, February 2016.

Second Prize in the 2015 Oregon Independent Film Festival Screenplay Contest for 
A Solid Man of Boston, a feature film screenplay adaptation of William Dean Howells's 1885 novel The Rise of Silas Lapham.



July 11-August 2, 2015, premiere of 
The Full Catastrophe (play adaptation by Michael Weller) at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, WV, directed by Ed Herendeen.

Happy author between producer Merle Kailas and playwright Michael Weller, who brought The Full Catastrophe to the stage. At the premiere on July 11, 2015.

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