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The Man From Earth

The Man From Earth
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Jerome Bixby (based on his screenplay)
Adapted by: Richard Schenkman
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 68
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0573663343
ISBN-13: 9780573663345
Cast Size: 3 female, 6 male

About the Play:

The Man From Earth is a full-length sci-fi drama adapted for the stage by Richard Schenkman from the final screenplay by the legendary science-fiction author Jerome Bixby. When a professor mysteriously bids farewell to his colleagues, he confesses he's an immortal who has walked the Earth for 14,000 years. This revelation challenges his friends' fundamental beliefs and assumptions. If his story is true, what would he have seen, what amazing historical truths would he know and are there others like him?

The Man From Earth centers history professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from his teaching position at the University. His startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. But they're shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement: John claims he must move on because he is immortal, and cannot stay in one place for more than ten years without his secret being discovered. Tempers rise and emotions flow as John's fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, but it soon becomes clear that his tale is as impossible to disprove as it is to verify. If John Oldman's story is true, what would he have seen, what amazing historical truths would he know and are there others like him? What starts out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax. The Man From Earth is science fiction writing at its very best, exploring the what if's and the unknowns of human life and history.

Acclaimed science fiction writer Jerome Bixby originally conceived The Man From Earth back in the early 1960's. It would come to be his last great work. This stage adaptation by Richard Schenkman has been performed in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions

Cast: 3 female, 6 male

What people say:

"The Man From Earth gradually and stimulatingly builds to a pitch of near hypnotic intensity." — The Hollywood Reporter

"A tall tale that ends with a devastatingly clever twist." — The Providence Journal

About the Playwright:

Jerome Bixby (1923-1998) was one of the most successful writers of science fiction's Golden Age. His story It's a Good Life was the basis for an episode of The Twilight Zone and was later featured in Twilight Zone: The Movie. He also co-wrote the story that served as the basis for Fantastic Voyage, and wrote four influential episodes of the original Star Trek series.

Richard Schenkman is an award-winning American screenwriter, film producer, film director and occasional actor. He also served as a guest faculty member of the LA Film School, teaching comedy directing, and taught commercial production at Columbia College Hollywood.