“The Diaries Of Adam & Eve, as translated by Mark Twain”, will be performed on Friday, May 16th, by Ellie Stevens-Budzko and Scott Sortman of East Machias. This free event will be at Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias at 7 PM.
This piece, a compilation of six works written by Twain over a dozen years, presents the Diaries as he had intended – a paired set of reminiscences of what some have called the world’s first love story. It has been speculated that much of what Adam and Eve say is reflective of Twain’s own marriage to the former Olivia Langdon.
Sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes poignant, the Diaries are always human, always possible. Twain felt that Adam and Eve were never allowed to speak their own minds in Genesis; this was his way of remedying that absence.
This one-show only event is being offered as a benefit for the Washington County Children’s Chorus in support of their upcoming June tour in France. Budzko and Sortman, both experienced and well-regarded actors, are donating their performance. Admission is free, donations are solicited. While suitable for all, as the Diaries were written for adult consumption, some children under 14 may not be sufficiently entertained.
Budzko was born in California, of Maine parents. The family returned to Maine
when she was five, and although her marriage took her to several other states, she returned to Maine in 1975. Ellie now makes her home Downeast, having found Scott, her own personal Adam. Ellie’s love of theatre began while still in high school, when she performed at Portland’s Lyric Theatre, and the Arundel Opera Theatre. In later years, she worked with MIT’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and also enjoyed a career as a professional singer. Ellie told stories as an avocation and as a vocation for more than 40 years, most recently in Maine, at Libraries, Festivals, and in Public Schools. Ellie places special value on the oral tradition, and sees theatre as one way of demonstrating its importance.
Sortman is a native New Englander who moved to Cutler in 1997, where he was very pleased to be able to work as a lobster fisherman, having previously tried musician, radio announcer, and computer guru, among others. He was engaged in area theatre nearly continuously until 2005, appearing in productions at Penobscot Theatre, UMM, Stage East, Downriver Theatre, and with the Magnificent Liars. When he left our area, Scott did “a lot of theatre in a lot of places”, working professionally in New York City, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and on a national tour. Having come to his senses, he’s moved back Downeast to East Machias, where he keeps threatening to learn to play the banjo to scare away the deer that are eating everything in their yard that doesn’t move fast enough