‘The Man from Earth’ landing soon at the Difiore Center

John Parkinson, co-founder of TSB and Producer of “The Man from Earth,” St. George, Utah, Date unspecified | Photo courtesy of The Space Between Theatre Company| Click on photo to enlarge
John Parkinson, co-founder of TSB and Producer of “The Man from Earth,” St. George, Utah, Date unspecified | Photo courtesy of The Space Between Theatre Company

ST. GEORGE – The Space Between Theatre Company will premiere “The Man from Earth” Feb. 13 at the Difiore Center for the Arts, 307 N. Main, in St. George. It is a provocative and exciting play adapted by Richard Schenkman from a screenplay written by Jerome Bixby, a principal writer for the “Star Trek” TV series.

This deceptively simple play about a 35-year-old history professor, who suddenly leaves his teaching job, will challenge you to examine what you know and believe about history and humankind . . . the past and the future.

The story begins when history professor John Oldman suddenly and prematurely quits his teaching post. His friends and colleagues want to know why. They arrive on his doorstep with food and an unwillingness to leave without an answer. The real answer shocks and disturbs his friends, and raises even deeper questions. What starts out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax.

Bob Baumann, Director of “The Man from Earth,” St. George, Utah, Date unspecified | Photo courtesy of The Space Between Theatre Company| Click on photo to enlarge
Bob Baumann, Director of “The Man from Earth,” St. George, Utah, Date unspecified | Photo courtesy of The Space Between Theatre Company

John Parkinson, co-founder of TSB, is the Producer of “The Man from Earth,” and Bob Baumann is Director. This is Bob’s directorial debut with The Space Between, although he is already well-known to TSB stage and film audiences, having appeared in several productions.

Southwest Utah is the home of many talented actors, and auditions in November resulted in casting the play with these strong and experienced local actors: Samantha Baumann as Edith, Melanie Camire as Sandy, Craig Harrison as Gruber, Richard Hill as Dan, Megan Holt as Linda, Dr. Kelly Olsen as John, and Parker Owen as Harry.

This will mark the first time The Space Between has presented a full production at The DiFiore Center, which offers a “chamber theatre” environment.

The actors’ first reading of “The Man from Earth” from left to right, Craig Harrison, Melanie Camire, Kelly Olsen, Parker Owen, Jarom Brown, John Parkinson, Lorie Hawley, Bob Baumann, Barb Hanks, Christian Navarrete, Megan Holt St. George, Utah, Date unspecified | Photo courtesy of The Space Between Theatre Company| Click on photo to enlarge
The actors’ first reading of “The Man from Earth,” St. George, Utah, Date unspecified | Photo courtesy of The Space Between Theatre Company| Click on photo to enlarge

“This creates an intimate actor/audience relationship and enhances the immediacy of the give-and-take, both on-stage and off,” John Parkinson said.

Following the performance, there will be a “talk-back” discussion between cast and audience.

“The Man From Earth” is not recommended for children under 13 due to language and complex themes.

Event details and ticket information

  • Where: The DiFiore Center, 307 N. Main, St. George
  • When: The play will run at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, for three weeks, beginning Feb. 13.
    • Feb. 13, 14, 15
    • Feb. 20, 21, 22
    • Feb. 27, 28 and Mar. 1
    • Mar. 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $18 prior to Feb. 1 and $20 thereafter.
  • Tickets may be purchased at The Space Between website
  • Contact: Telephone – 435-216-5523 | Email –  TSBTC@gmail.org

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