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Extinction - Full Length Play, Drama


Gabe McKinley

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573698507

"Extinction is intimate theatre at its edgy best! – Examiner.com

"Gabe McKinley's Extinction is the creative meat of a truly talented writer." – Variety

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Adjoining rooms at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language




Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Two college buddies whose annual outing of male-bonding and debauchery veers precipitously off course when unmet expectations spiral into a volatile showdown. A darkly funny drama exploring the evolution of friendships - and the lengths to which we go to save them from falling into extinction.


"Extinction is intimate theatre at its edgy best! –Examiner.com 

"Gabe McKinley's Extinction is the creative meat of a truly talented writer." –Variety

"Extinction is USA Choice Grade A theatre" –Stage Scene LA

"Uniquely unsettling" –Los Angeles Times

"New playwright Gabe McKinley's dialogue is a real crowd-pleasure. Fast-paced, contemporary, and deliciously cruel." –BroadwayWorld.com

Extinction premiered at the Elephant Space by Red Dog Squadron in Hollywood, CA, in November 2009 under the direction of Wayne Kasserman. 


2m, 2f

FINN - 30's
MAX -30's
MISSY - 30's

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Mary Beth Smith 4/23/2013 1:09 PM
Gabe McKinley’s Extinction examines the evolving friendship between college friends Max and Finn during their annual debauchery filled reunion trip . Each man shows up in Atlantic City needing something from the other.  Finn needs money, Max needs an escape from his current life. As the play unfolds we find out that each has hidden major life moments from the other in the past year.  Marriages and deaths and financial failures, moments that long time best friends would be expected to share with one another. As each moment is revealed Max and Finn come to realize that they are no longer important factors in each other’s life. These realizations manifest themselves in extremely volatile and manipulative behavior from each character. The play ends in a way that can only be described as explosive and heartbreaking.

What McKinley does well in Extinction is capture the essence of a quintessentially male friendship. He is not delicate with Max and Finn’s interactions and does not shy away from the abuse each takes and receives from the other. The characters have a rapport with one another that is immediately clear, thanks largely in part to McKinley’s fluid dialogue. For its brevity, McKinley has created a world that is rich in sight and sound, and one can almost smell the sex, drugs, and alcohol seeping from every page of this play.

Extinction is a harrowing modern drama that successfully portrays what happens when friendships disintegrate in an unexpected yet extremely disturbing fashion.  

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