Cradle of Man

Written by Melanie Marnich
Directed by Sandy Shinner
March 24 – May 7, 2006


A fast-moving dramatic comedy, Cradle of Man is set in Africa near Olduvai Gorge, the birthplace of mankind, where two American couples meet and their comedic, romantic, and existential crises are exposed. Facades crack under the sub-equatorial sun to reveal the evolution of the human heart, as lives come apart and bodies come together in this extraordinary place; where the drama of what makes us human – and humane – plays out on a daily basis. And where survival of the fittest means only one couple will survive.


Sandy Shinner: Director
Keith Pitts: Scenic Designer
Judith Lundberg: Costume Designer
Samantha Gardner: Assistant Costume Designer
Jacqueline Reid: Lighting Designer
Andre Pleuss: Sound Designer
Jennifer J. Thusing: Props Designer
Tina M. Jach: Stage Manager


Sean Cooper: Mason
David Eigenberg: Jack
Julie Ganey: Debra
Jennie Moreau: Bonnie
Peggy Roeder: Mona