Cast: eight men and 7 women. Present day, boardroom and an apartment. Imagine if you were given the ominous task of rewriting the new "politically correct" modernized version of Adam and Eve. Our board has convened to do just that. Consisting of an odd array of dear souls, it's a task more easily said than done. It is the beginning of time and Adam, living alone in his comfortable apartment, arrives home from work. He feeds his goldfish, budgie, and cat then turns on his answering machine. "There are no new messages" greets his ears. Feeling lonely, he decides it's time he asked the creator for a companion, someone he can call his own. After all, his goldfish, Willy has Rosie and his Cat, Tibbles has Ginger and Tom and Felix, so, It's only right he should have a friend too. He phones the creator and explains his proposal to him. The creator ponders this for a minute. . . "So, let me get this right, you're asking me for a friend. . . .Like a Felix?" "Yes" answers Adam "but I'd prefer a Rosie." This two act play switches back and forth from the boardroom, struggling with their impossible task, to their new version of In The Beginning. Follow Adam through his life with Eve, The serpent, and the birth of Cain and Abel. Songs are old tunes such as the Great Pretender and Pack Up Your Troubles with rewritten words, plus classical tunes from well known operas.
ADAM Well, I'd better call God and tell him about the apple, but I better warn you Eve he's not going to be very happy. (He picks up the telephone and dials) NARRATOR Hello! ADAM Oh! Er' Hi God! It's me again, Adam. NARRATOR Hello, Adam. What's cookin'? ADAM Interesting choice of words, my Lord. It's a pie? NARRATOR A pie? That sounds good. . . .Who made it? ADAM Eve! She's a very good cook. NARRATOR Good to hear it. I didn't think it was a pie, I thought maybe that Eve had a bun in the oven. ADAM Well, funny you should say that my lord. NARRATOR Say what? ADAM The thing about the bun in the oven. NARRATOR Why? ADAM We're going to have a baby! NARRATOR You are? ADAM Yes, isn't it wonderful? NARRATOR Yes it is! I'm very pleased for you both. I was hoping you would decide to start a family. Continue on with the family name and all that. Tell Eve I'm very proud of her. ADAM Er' yes. . . (Calling to Eve) Eve dear! . . . . God said he's very proud of you. EVE (Coming out of the bedroom) He did? ADAM Yes. NARRATOR Let me talk to her a minute, Adam. ADAM Oh er' yes. . . . (Handing her the phone) He wants to talk to you, dear. EVE (Nervously) Hello! NARRATOR Hi Eve! I just wanted to congratulate you and Adam. EVE Thank you, Sir, and we thought you'd be upset. (She thinks he's talking about the apple) NARRATOR Upset! Why no. I think it's wonderful. . . . . I was telling Adam, I was hoping you'd have one. EVE That's wonderful, Sir, and to think Adam was nervous about telling you. . . .But I knew once Adam had tasted that forbidden fruit, there'd be no stopping him. (Adam is trying to shut her up) NARRATOR Forbidden fruit!. . . . (Chuckles) Oh, yes, that's an interesting way of putting it, I'll have to remember that one. Well, I wish you well for the future and hope you'll have lots more. EVE We can have more?. . . . . (To Adam) He said we can have lots more. NARRATOR Certainly! I encourage it. Have you thought of any names yet? EVE Names? You want us to name it? NARRATOR Oh yes! You have to think of a name. EVE Well. . . .I kinda like Cortland. . . or Mac. NARRATOR Both great names! I can't wait for the pitter patter of tiny feet. EVE (Confused) Sorry? NARRATOR The gentle cry of a new born baby filling the garden of Eden. EVE Oh! You're talking about the baby. . . . I thought you were still talking about the apple. NARRATOR What about the apple? You haven't touched the apple have you? EVE Er' here's Adam. . . . (Handing him the phone) ADAM Hello! NARRATOR Adam! What's going on with the apple? ADAM The apple? Oh! The apple. . . . .Well, you're not going to believe it Lord but. . . . NARRATOR You ate the apple? ADAM Well. . . Yes. But it was Sam Serpentine. He kinda tricked Eve into it. NARRATOR I'll deal with Sam later. But you two! I warned you about not touching that apple. Come and see me tomorrow, Adam. I'll deal with you both then! ADAM Yes Sir. . . sorry Sir. NARRATOR Forbidden fruit, indeed! (The telephone goes down)