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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


(Catarina Morgado; Mthokozisi Zulu & Jonathan Cohen. Pic by Val Adamson)

Mark Twain’s deliciously whimsical and seldom-staged The Diary of Adam and Eve is coming to the Seabrooke’s Theatre on DHS campus in Durban for a short weekend season from May 1 to 3.

Adapted for the stage by Mark Bucci, The Diary of Adam and Eve showcases the quirky tenderness and enduring wit of American humorist Mark Twain – best known for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The Diary of Adam and Eve was originally recorded as serialised double journal entries. It is a poignant, knowing, and witty three-hander which takes a dig at timeless observations on the nature of men, women and love. Good Reads in its review of the text says: “It reminds us that human creation has grains of truth for modern gender disputes. Humans are essentially the same inside. Adam is somewhat of a silent recluse, ill-prepared for his talkative emotional rib. After conflict, despite the apple, comes harmony.”

Why this play? “It’s Mark Twain..... And besides, I love it!” considers newcomer producer / director Catarina Morgado. “It’s daffy, direct, a fresh and hilarious look at the relationship between these two very famous people. It explores the dynamics between men and women and it shows us that not much has changed since those days in the garden! It is totally relevant to couples today.”

A relative newcomer to Durban, Catarina Morgado is producing, directing and performing in The Diary of Adam and Eve. She plays opposite Jonathan Cohen and Mthokozisi Zulu.

Morgado is a Graduate of The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York City and AFDA Cape Town. Among her favourite roles performed are Dolo in Chaucer in Rome, Alma Winemiller in Summer and Smoke and Persephone in Polaroid Stories - at the Marilyn Monroe Theater in New York.

Jonathan Cohen, who plays Adam, studied Drama and Dance Theatre at UKZN Pietermaritzburg.

Mthokozisi Zulu (Snake) has been seen in KickstArt’s Peter Pan and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. For Catalina Unltd, he has appeared in Boesman and Lena, which landed him a Mercury Durban Theatre Awards Nomination; Waiting for Godot and The African Passion. Zulu serves on the regional and National PANSA committee. He is the KZN Deputy Chairperson and co-ordinates The Blue Monday Platform at the Catalina Theatre quarterly. He wrote, directed and starred in The Crook’s Eye for the 2014 Musho! Theatre Festival.

There are two fun promotions which support the production encouraging patrons to dine at Corner Cafe and Earth Mother Organic (in Glenwood and Durban North) during the week of the run. Restaurateur Judd Campbell, at the eco-friendly Corner Cafe and Darren Glazer at the cosy Earth Mother Organic invite patrons to show their theatre tickets / ticket stubs during the week of the show and receive a free cappuccino with their meal. (Meal must be to the value of R50 or more). This offer is valid from Monday April 28 until Sunday May 4.

The Diary of Adam and Eve comes to the Seabrooke’s Theatre, DHS, by arrangement with Dalro The show runs from May 1 (Worker’s Day) until May 3 with performances at 19h30. Tickets R80 booked through Computicket; or phone on 0861 915 8000 or book online at

For more information, contact Catarina 083 644 7977 or email: