Twilight Zone and Star Trek writer Jerome Bixby’s final story, The Man From Earth, will receive a staged reading Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Depot Theatre prior to a projected off-Broadway production.
In The Man from Earth, a professor unexpectedly resigns from the university. His startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. Questioning him about the reason for his early retirement they are shocked to find out that he 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 his fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, finding that it is as impossible to disprove as it is to verify. What starts out as a friendly farewell party soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax.
Josh Parkin-Ring of OMNI New York approached the Depot about doing a reading of the play. Cast by Nancy Swann and adapted by film director and writer, Richard Schenkman, The Man From Earth is directed by Clyde Balbo with actors Kit Colbourn, Tess Dul, Ariel Eliaz, Julie Jesneck, Thomas Mathew Kelley, Donald Kimmel, George Kimmel, and Ron Schnittker. Tickets are available online at tickets.ManFromEarthNYC.com or by calling 800-838-3006.