Edward Le Comte (Novelist, ‘I, Eve’) was born on May 28, 1916 in Manhattan, NY. He was educated in New York City at Trinity School and at Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D in English Literature. He was Professor Emeritus of English at the State University of New York at Albany, retiring in 1981. For half his career, from 1948 to 1964, he taught at Columbia University. He had previously taught at the University of California at Berkeley for three years. ‘I, Eve’ written in 1988, was Edward Le Comte's 17th book. He and his wife, Mia, an artist from Czechoslovakia, were fascinated by the Adam and Eve tale, inspiring Mia to create numerous paintings depicting Adam and Eve, including the illustration for ‘I, Eve’s’ cover. This book was one of 20 Prof. Le Comte published; his works were a varied collection of both academic and fictional themes. Ten of his books were about the English poet John Milton, and in 1985 he was named Honored Scholar of the Year by the Milton Society of America. His last book, published in 2001, In and Out of the University and Adversity, was an autobiography, and included an account of his experiences with polio. He lived with his wife and son, Douglas, in northern New Jersey from 1948 to 1964, moving to Monterey, Massachusetts in 1964 and then Alford, Massachusetts in 1972. He passed away on October 23, 2004, a little more than one year after his wife Mia passed away.
Joy Kaczmarek (Director) has been writing and directing for almost three decades. She has an MFA in cinema production and is currently developing a series for television about the post war South. She is happy to be working with Eva Dolan once more.
Eva Dolan (Eve, Producer) has been working professionally as a dancer and actress since 1974. Eva studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC, Emerson College, The Ruth St. Denis Foundation, LA and with modern dancer Paul Sanasardo. Highlights include the Boston remier of ‘Uncommon Women and others…’ and the Thirtieth Anniversary Production of ‘Shear Madness’. Eva is delighted to bring Eve back to the stage with friends old and new.
Elliot Crown* (Adam) has appeared on stage at the Public Theater, BAM and on Theater Row at the Samuel Beckett. He recently appeared as Andrew Carnes in Theater Workshop of Nantucket's "Oklahoma." Film work includes the lead role in the award-winning "City News" on PBS, and he appears in the recently released "Isn't it Delicious" with Kathleen Chalfant and Keir Dullea. Crown's protest puppet performances regularly appear on NBC, FOX, CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Time, The New York Daily News and The New York Post. He toured the US for a year as a circus clown with Carden-Johnson Circus.
David Yee (Saxophone) is from San Jose California. David studied jazz and classical saxophone with Jeff Homan at the University of Portland in Oregon where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He has toured with concert bands throughout Middle School, High School and College and has attended music programs at Stanford University, San Jose State University and Berklee College of Music. Since moving to New York in June of 2015 he has immersed himself in the city’s jazz scene.
Jordan Auber (Hand drummer) is a professional drummer who has been a student of drums and percussion for 5 years. Performing professionally around the East Coast and New York City where he currently holds residence. He is a student of The Collective School of Music, studying Contemporary Musical Performance with focus in drums. With vocabulary in genres from Jazz, Funk, and Rock, to Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African percussion, Jordan brings a wide range of ideas and rhythms to the production.
Joseph V. DiPietro (Producer) studied with the Gotham Writers Workshops and currently studying acting with the Barrow Group. His theatrical and screenplays include: Weissgarten, a workshop production of which was performed at the Kraine Theater, Belle, and You Bet Your Life. He has recently written Gutmusik with Eva Dolan, which was a finalist for the National Yiddish Theatre’s playwriting competition in 2015. Joe is a retired NYC Firefighter.
About ‘Outskirts of Eden’: In 1998 family friend, Edward LeComte asked Eva Dolan to develop his 1988 novel, ‘I, Eve’ for the stage. The play premiered in a longer format at the Dee Sarno Theater in Saratoga Springs, directed by Sandi Dollinger, with Eva Dolan and Tony Palone, and featuring Jim Rossi on saxophone. Throughout the years ‘I, Eve’ has had several incarnations. This “pocket version” brings this beautiful show to New York. The full play, ‘I, Eve’ will be presented on March 19 and 20 at UNDER St. Mark’s.
*Member of Actors' Equity
Equity Approved Showcase