Book & Lyrics by Raphe Beck & Christopher La Puma
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
In the beginning, God created man; that was her first mistake. Thus begins One Bad Apple, a musical comedy that turns the Book of Genesis into the first battle of the sexes. In a very corporate world of Creation, two competitive angels pit Adam and Eve against each other to see which prototype will be the more successful model for the human race. When their experiment takes on a life of its own, God kicks the humans out of Eden and considers scrapping the whole thing and starting over. Unless Adam and Eve can prove their worth before the end of the sixth day, they are doomed. And yes, there’s a nervous snake, a resentful devil, and a juicy red piece of fruit.
The play’s tale of creation is spun with joy and attitude. One Bad Apple is a polished, detailed and intelligent treat.” – The Northwest Current
One Bad Apple was originally commissioned and premiered at Stanford University in 1991. Since then it has received numerous productions in California, Michigan, Canada, and the Washington DC Area, including a 1999 Equity benefit for homeless families at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.
One Bad Apple is published by the Dramatic Publishing Company.
MUSICAL NUMBERSAct I
1. JUST SIX DAYS – God, Chorus
2. ADAM’S CREATION – God
3. THE GAME OF THE NAME – Adam
4. EVE’S CREATION – God
5. THE ONLY ONE FOR ME – Adam, Eve
6. POOR ME – Lucifer, Snake
7. TASTE THE SURPRISE – Snake
8. BEFORE THE DAWN – All
9. GO, GOLDEN CHERUBS – Angela, Chorus
10. LESS THAN PERFECT – Eve
11. WHAT THE DEVIL – God, Lucifer
12. IN YOUR HEART – Raphael, Chorus
13. POOR ME (Rep) – Lucifer
14. BEFORE THE DAWN (Rep) – God, Chorus
15. FINALE – All
Cast: 4 Women, 6 Men and Chorus
GOD – Alto Belt
EVE – Mezzo
GABRIEL – Alto
ANGELA – Alto Belt
LUCIFER – Baritone
ADAM – Baritone/Tenor
MICHAEL – Baritone
RAPHAEL – Tenor
SNAKE – Tenor
MALICE (Non-singing role)
Music: Gospel/Jazz mixed with traditional Musical Theatre, scored for Piano, Reed (Flute, Alto & Soprano Saxophone), Harp, Acoustic Bass, and Drums. Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audience: All ages
RAPHE BECK (Co-Librettist) hails from Chicago where he trained at Second City and the Piven Theatre Workshop. In Los Angeles, he has worked with Oliver Stone’s Illusion Entertainment, The Colleton Company, Touchstone Pictures, Jim Henson Pictures, and DreamWorks Animation Studios. Raphe now lives in San Francisco, where he continues to write for both film and stage.
CHRISTOPHER LA PUMA (Co-Librettist) received his BA in Drama from Stanford University before being practical and becoming a tax attorney. He is currently working at the law firm of McKee Nelson LLP. After writing and producing the first version of One Bad Apple with Debbie in college, Chris still wanted to marry her. Debbie agreed, knowing that having an attorney in the family is always a good idea.
DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (Music) – see her bio