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.
Listen to the cast album on Spotify.
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