David Carkeet


Eight by Twain: Short Works by Mark Twain Adapted for the Stage

These are short-play adaptations (most running 10 minutes) of selected Mark Twain short works, 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.


Three of the adaptations will have a staged reading at the Mark Twain Quadrennial Conference at Elmira College, Elmira, NY, August 3-5, 2017.

"The Burglar Alarm" will be produced at the Shovel Town Ten-Minute Play Festival, North Easton, MA, Sept. 15-16, 2017.


Six by Twain: Short Stories by Mark Twain Adapted for the Stage 
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 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)

"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. The third photo shows "The Burglar Alarm"--Monsieur et Madame McWilliams in bed, the burglars lurking in the background.

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