by Matt Bessette
An amusing yet
poignant comedy-drama with a heavily diverse ensemble and a profound
message, Adamant Eve follows the story of Eve Aberson, a headstrong middle
school student who refuses to join her school’s soccer team. Because of her
behavior, her parents send her to a professionally operated support group of
“troubled” middle school students (including an argumentative menace, a
pompous nerd, a loyal best friend, a hyperactive dynamo, an indifferent
thug, and a soft-spoken introvert) managed by wise and empathetic
psychologist Rachel Levine who gathers the students in meetings to discuss
and attempt to solve the difficulties they have with their parents. Run
Time: ~40 Minutes
- EVE ABERSON: Early teens. Headstrong
rebel who is forced to join the support group by her mother, where she
finds friends and enemies alike.
- RACHEL LEVINE: Late 20s. Wise and
empathetic adult facilitator of the support group who genuinely cares
for the students. She is bright, energetic and forthcoming.
- DAMON CURTIS: Early teens.
Long-lasting rival of Eve who takes any chance he can to argue with her.
- AMY SLATER: Early teens. Eve’s best
friend and loyal albeit slightly short-tempered supporter.
- CAROL EVANS: Early teens. Energetic,
borderline-hyperactive dynamo who provides the support group with random
and often unrelated opinions and observations.
- BRADLEY PHILLIP: Early teens.
Introverted yet conceited intellect whose only participation in group
meetings is to correct others’ grammar.
- RICK NELSON: Early teens. Tough yet
simple-minded delinquent who is completely apathetic towards the support
- ZOE SHEPARD: Early teens. Shy,
soft-spoken child who is almost always reluctant to speak.
- WALTER McCARTHY: 40s-50s. A rather
dull, stilted, middle-aged man. He is Rachel’s replacement who
implements stringent policies and rules with an iron fist.
- MRS. ABERSON: 30s-40s. Eve’s
closed-minded mother who forces her to join the support group and who
has Rachel replaced after she begins to sympathize with Eve.
- MR. ABERSON: 30s-40s. Eve’s
professionally eminent father who is always busy with work and, due to
indifference, only halfheartedly supports his wife’s side in the debate.
The original performance of Adamant Eve was
produced by its author as part of the debut of the week-long Summer Theatre
Camp in Lebanon, CT, of which he was the director. The production took place
on Friday, July 10th, 2015 at the Albert B. Vertefeuille
Auditorium in Lyman Memorial High School.
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