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The cult classic comes to the stage for a limited season

Adelaide's 'premiere' theatre company, Red Phoenix Theatre is proudly presenting the stage adaptation of the cult phenomenon, The Man From Earth, for a strictly limited season this August. Tickets are on sale now.

The Man From Earth is ranked on IMDB as one of the top sci-fi films of all time and was legendary sci-fi writer Jerome Bixby's last great work, which he finished on his deathbed in 1998.

Bixby created some of the most memorable moments of contemporary science fiction including episodes of the original series of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.

The forthcoming stage adaptation of The Man From Earth was created by the film's director Richard Schenkman and is very faithful to the screenplay.

Directed by Robert Kimber and featuring an outstanding cast of well-known Red Phoenix Actors and welcoming six new actors to the Red Phoenix stage, the stage adaptation of The Man From Earth beautifully captures the wonderful mystery and intrigue which inspired the film's cult status.

The intriguing plot navigates its way through departing history professor John Oldman's startling claim that he is 14,000 years old. He asserts that he must move on every ten years before people notice that he doesn't age.

As the night unfolds, his fantastic story is met with both ridicule and bemusement. The gathering of close friends and academics endeavour to dismantle his story, however, they struggle to prove or deny the claim.

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?

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.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to see quality science-fiction playwriting on the stage. Since Schenkman adapted it in 2008, The Man From Earth has been translated into fourteen different languages and there have been major productions around the globe.

This is the first time the play will be performed in Australia - don't miss it!

The Man From Earth will play at Holden Street Theatres – The Studio, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh (next to Coopers Stadium).

Choose from the following performances: Thursday August 16th to Saturday August 18th@ 7.30pm, Sunday August 19th at 2.00pm, Wednesday August 22nd – Saturday August 25th @ 7.30pm

Prices are as follows: $25.00 Adult / $19.00 Concession / $21 Group Concession (6 persons or more)

Secure your tickets today at or call 8225 8888. Tickets at the door subject to availability.

For more information on the production or ticketing options, please visit

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When: August 16th - 25th
Where: Holden Street Theatres - The Studio
Cost: $25 full / $19 concession
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The film version with William Katt (2007) is an awesome piece of cinema. I can't wait to see the stage play - it would lend itself so well to the intimacy of the theatre.
by Steven G (score: 2|528) 705 days ago
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