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Bethel College Fall Festival theater production to feature Twain

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This year’s Fall Festival theater production at Bethel College draws on the work of American humorist and philosopher Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain). Mark Twain’s “The Diaries of Adam and Eve,” adapted for the stage by David Birney, will be on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage for three performances Oct. 5-7.

Stage director is Margaret Mead-Finizio, instructor of communication arts. Shawn Rath, senior from Moundridge, will play Adam, and Megan Abrahams, junior from Canton, will play Eve.

The three performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 5 and 6, and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Krehbiel Auditorium (note that there is no Sunday performance scheduled this year). Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for non-Bethel students and adults age 65 and older and $6.50 for children ages 3-12.

All seats are reserved. For tickets, call Thresher Bookstore at (316) 284-5205 or stop by the bookstore in Schultz Student Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Mark Twain’s “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” brings together two of Mark Twain’s literary works, The Diary of Adam and The Diary of Eve, written 15 years apart. Although Twain’s life circumstances were often anything but funny, he managed to fill these two stories with wit, laughter and the lyric poignancy of first love and first loss.

Birney’s 90-minute comedy brings the stories together in a lighthearted yet moving tale of the world’s first love story, while staying true to Twain’s original works.

“It seems with all that is going on in the world, a simple play about the first love story and what love really means was a good choice,” said Mead-Finizio. “The fact it was adapted from books by Mark Twain lends it a sense of humor about men and women.”

Bethel College hosts its 36th annual Fall Festival Oct. 5-8. Other weekend activities on campus include food and entertainment for all ages, arts and crafts, alumni gatherings, athletic events and the inauguration of Bethel’s 13th president, Barry C. Bartel. For a complete Fall Festival schedule, visit

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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