Full Length Play
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - Multiple locations in Portland, Oregon; office, hospital room, classroom, kitchen, golf course, bus stop, noodle shop, Bolivia.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No intermission, Play w/ Music
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
The Ted Schmitt Award
WINNER! 2008 Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an Outstanding New Play – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle
WINNER! 2009 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award — American Theater Critics Association
Max Forrestal is going to fail Biology if he doesn't complete a 20-page paper on extinction by 2pm on Tuesday — but his mother, Lily, is dying of cancer, and school is the last thing on his mind. His father, Ellery, a biologist obsessed with saving a rare Bolivian insect, is incapable of dealing with his wife's impending death, or his son's distress. Max's biology teacher, Khim Phan, tries to figure out why Max is failing the class. Helping Max, however, pushes Khim into a magical journey of his own — from the Cambodian fields of his youth into the undiscovered country beyond.
"Critic's Choice…artfully balances its theme of mortality between the intimate and the macroscopic…explores inner psychological states with remarkable eloquence and clarity…" - The Los Angeles Times, Read More
"The interplay of the three [views on extinction] in Lewis' smart and honest script is one small push away from collective transcendence" - Los Angeles Weekly, Read More
Song of Extinction was first produced by Moving Arts Theater Company at [Inside] the Ford in Los Angeles, CA in November 2008 under the direction of Heidi Helen Davis.