Song Of Extinction
by E. M. Lewis
Full Length Play, Drama / 5m, 1f
Max, a musically gifted high school student, is falling off the edge of the world — and his biology teacher is the only one who's noticed. A play about the science of life and loss, the relationships between fathers and sons, Cambodian fields, Bolivian rainforests and redemption.
- 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
"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
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Multiple locations in Portland, Oregon; office, hospital room, classroom, kitchen, golf course, bus stop, noodle shop, Bolivia.
- Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
KHIM PHAN (55) - Max’s biology teacher. Cambodian. He’s been in the US since 1979.
MAX FORRESTAL (15) - Son of Ellery and Lily. Sophomore in high school. Plays the viola and piano, and has some talent as a composer. Wears glasses and appears uncomfortable in his clothes.
ELLERY FORRESTAL (47) - A biologist. Wears glasses and appears uncomfortable in his clothes.
LILY FORRESTAL (45) - Ellery’s wife. Writes high school science textbooks. Has stomach cancer.
DR. JOSHUA DORSEY (28) - A doctor, just out of residency.
GILL MORRIS - CEO of a large corporation which owns (and plans to deforest) an area of the Bolivian jungle where Ellery Forrestal has worked for the last twelve years.
- Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)