McALLEN -- Taking a page out of the Universal Studios script, the South Texas College Theatre will present the interactive science fiction play "Earth Watch," written by STC Drama Instructor Jack Carroll and funded by a grant from the McAllen Arts Council. The show takes center stage from May 4 to 8 at the Cooper Center for Communication Arts Black Box Theatre, located at the Pecan Campus on 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

The May 4 and 5 performances will be at 8 p.m., while the May 7 and 8 performances will be 2 p.m. matinees. All performances are open to the public. Admission for "Earth Watch" is $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors and military personnel, and all STC students, faculty and staff are $4.

"Earth Watch," originally performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., was updated for a 21st

century audience by STC Workshop Production students. The play is about Dr. Harry Rimer, a scientist for Sun Labs Inc., who builds a machine for the Earth Watch competition. Halfway through the competition, he is visited by a surprise guest. The family-oriented play requires audience participation and some participants will get to play the part of aliens.