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Begin Again. (musical)

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.


An excerpt from the play.

        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)