CNY Arts Center casts “Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve”

CNY Arts Center announces the casting of Peter and Kelly Mahan in the roles of Adam and Eve in “Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve,” written by James Still.

The romantic comedy will be presented for three performances only Feb. 14, 15 and 16 as part of a Valentine’s Date Night special event at the Arts Center located at 357 State St. Church (Park Street entrance), Fulton.

“I’m delighted to work with Peter and Kelly on this project,” said Nancy Fox, director. “We have worked together on numerous productions in the past, most recently including Helen Keller last spring.

“This is the first time for the two of them to work together as the only characters in the play,” Fox said. “Their personal relationship as husband and wife lends credibility to the story unfolding in the play.”

The play, based on Mark Twain’s original Diaries of Adam and Eve, in Act One finds Adam and Eve in contemporary society caught up in the whirlwind of busy lives and annoying cell phones in Act Two.

Drawn to revisit Eden, now a resort called “E,” the couple struggles to rekindle the innocence of their beginnings in the garden when everything was new and an adventure.

“The play is a wonderful portrayal of relationships, the sweet innocence of discovering the special person created just for you, “Fox continues.

“Adam and Eve lead us through those moments of awareness as self-perception makes room for the other person until you realize you’re incomplete on your own; you were created for relationship which makes the personality differences worth the confusion,” she said. “The play has rich moments of humor and tenderness. It’s a healthy look at what’s important in all relationships.”

“We’re especially excited to combine this wonderful play with an evening of dinner and dessert — Friday, Feb. 14 when we’ll offer a Pasta Bar with sides and a lavish Chocolate fountain with an exotic array of dipping choices,” said Fox.

“Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. performances will offer delectable desserts and hot beverages available for purchase in addition to the regular ticket price of $12,” she added. “Friday’s complete dinner, dessert and show package is $25 pre-sale only.”

Tickets can be purchased online at, or picked up at the Arts Center at 357 State St. Church,  or Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St.  For reservations and more information, call 592-3373.

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