David Carkeet


Eight by Twain: Plays from the Short Stories of Mark Twain 

These are short play adaptations (most running 10 minutes) of selected Mark Twain works. The adaptations are titled "Buck Fanshaw's Funeral," "The Burglar Alarm," "Adam and Eve," "Snowbound," "The Gospel of Mom," "Her Worst Enemy," "Learn German with Ollendorff!", and "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" (a 50-minute play). See the New Play Exchange for more information about the plays. Production history to date is below (chronological).

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

(Adam: Dan Porri; Eve: Lauren Jacob; Snake: Josh Newey; photo by Luke Haughwout)

"Her Worst Enemy" had a staged reading at the Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase in Flagstaff on Sept. 9-11, 2016. The play is an adaptation of "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut."

(Bobby: Rob Peters; Conscience: Anna Sobolov Good; Angela: Tracie Hansen; photo by Ann Marie Cummins)

Six of the plays had a staged reading at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut, on November 30, 2016. Directed by Chris Bushey (peeking from back row below), the staged reading was performed by a cast of community theater actors from central Connecticut. 

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

Five of the adaptations had a reading, in French, at "Caract
ères," an international literary festival in Auxerre, France, May 19-21, 2017. Two local community theater companies, shown below, presented the plays. 

(Above two photos by Pascal Arnac-Pautrel)

Three of the adaptations had a reading at the Mark Twain Quadrennial Conference at Elmira College, Elmira, NY, August 4, 2017. Photos by Irene Wong.

"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.

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

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