Original battle of the sexes takes the stage

PRINCEVILLE — He thinks she’s a bossy know-it-all. She think he’s an arrogant bonehead. It’s the classic battle of the sexes, and today’s performance of “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” will prove nothing has changed since the Garden of Eden.

Soap Opera stars Sherilyn Wolter (“General Hospital”) and Emmy Award-winner Vincent Irazarry (“All My Children”) explore the relationship between history’s first man and woman in Mark Twain’s comedy.

“The Diaries of Adam and Eve” opens 7 p.m. today at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville. Catch additional performances at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Hukilau Lanai in Kapa‘a and at 7 p.m. on July 22 at Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center.

“I haven’t been acting in quite a long time, and the acting bug started biting mercilessly,” Wolter said. The North Shore resident acted in various soap operas throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s before settling in Hawai‘i.

She begin researching plays and rediscovered Mark Twain’s “The Diaries of Adam and Eve.”

“I read it six years ago and fell in love with it,” Wolter said. “That led me to call Vincent.”

Vincent Irazarry, of “General Hospital” fame, plays Adam opposite Wolter’s Eve.

“It sounded like an exciting adventure,” he said. “A lot of the humor is the innocence of the two characters experiencing life in all forms. It’s finding each other as well as growing an appreciation to each other and the unique differences they bring into the relationship.”

The wit of Mark Twain shines through in the play, which takes the perspective of diary entries written by Adam and Eve.

The play’s action revolves around present-day Adam and Eve reading their diaries from thousands of years ago, Wolter said.

“It’s a comedy and love story,” she adds. “It’s not a religious play. It’s an exploration of the first man and the first woman, which we are still learning.”

The play offers a first-hand account of what it would be like to be the planet’s first man and woman, and all the surprises that come with it.

After all, they weren’t given an instruction manual on how to name animals or create fire.

“It’s very tender and there’s a lot of irony,” she said. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding and misconceptions, and that’s where the humor comes in.”

Janet Carafa, movement and mime artist, directs and local musician and composer Richard Kraft will perform original music accompanied by singer Hezar Courson.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the YWCA and Na Keiki Koa 4 Haloa Foundation.

After the play’s run on Kaua‘i, Wolter is toying with taking the piece to other islands, specifically O‘ahu and Maui, and then to the mainland, where she hopes to showcase it in Sacramento and Portland.

See “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” 7 p.m. today at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville; 7 p.m. Saturday at Hukilau Lanai restaurant in Kapa‘a; and 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $30 in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com or $35 at the door.

• Andrea Frainier, lifestyle writer, can be reached at 245-3681, ext. 257 or afrainier@ thegardenisland.com.

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