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A Brief History of Human Extinction

Produced by Upintheair Theatre (Vancouver)

Oct 10 -20, 2018 | Historic Theatre  [map]

Historic Theatre

Created by Jordan Hall and Mind of a Snail

Show Warnings: contains haze, and a brief moment of flashing lights; recommended for ages 10+

“We’re making a new world—let’s hope we can learn to live in it.”—Jordan Hall

2178. A creeping fungal plague has rendered the surface of the planet uninhabitable. Trapped inside a retrofitted scientific facility, the last woman, man (and otter) on earth prepare for the launch of the Ark—a ship that will carry our planet’s genetic legacy to a new home.

With its unique collaboration and skilled performances from actors and puppeteers alike, A Brief History of Human Extinction is well worth taking in. We’re told this is “the last adventure anyone will ever have”, so you should make sure you are there”— Katie Gartlan-Close, Vancouver Presents

The planet’s doom can be a boon to creativity, as A Brief History of Human Extinction makes abundantly clear”—Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

We really like the puppetry being integrated into the action, so for the past two years we have been working to interweave the puppetry into the action to arrive at this interwoven multimedia spectacle play…It’s kind of like a graphic novel come to life with the imagery and the story”— Chloé Ziner, in conversation with Vancouver Sun

Exploring questions about our human nature, our culpability in the destruction of our earth, and our undying ability to hope for better things, award-winning playwright Jordan Hall (Kayak, How to Survive an Apocalypse)—no stranger to plays about environmental disaster—traverses some of her favourite themes in A Brief History of Human Extinction. Collaborating with Mind of a Snail Puppet Co, a company known for its quirky and stylistic productions, and award-winning company Upintheair Theatre, celebrated for their envelope pushing work, A Brief History of Human Extinction combines puppetry and live action, and invites you on a fun and fraught adventure; the last anyone will ever have…[Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. is] A Vancouver duo of apparently limitless imaginative powers”— Edmonton Sun

Jordan Hall is smart”— Colin Thomas

Brains and innovation. Jordan Hall’s smart scripts don’t sugarcoat environmental doom, and Mind of a Snail created one of last year’s most innovative shows, Multiple Organism” —The Georgia Straight Fall Arts Preview, read more here


Running Time:
100 minutes, plus intermission

Oct 10, 8PM: Preview
Oct 11, 8PM: Opening
Oct 12 – 13, 16 – 20, 8PM
Oct 14, 2PM

Post-show Artist Talkback: Oct 14 & 16

Performers: Stephanie Elgersma, Jessica Gabriel, Daniel Martin, Dave Mott, Lisa C. Ravensbergen, & Chloé Ziner
Director: Tamara McCarthy
Assistant Director: Dave Mott
Puppetry Designer: Stephanie Elgersma
Shadow Puppetry & Projection Designers: Jessica Gabriel & Chloé Ziner
Scenic & Lighting Designer: Jerguš Opršal
Composition & Sound Designer: Nancy Tam
Costume Designer: Chantal Short
Associate Producer: Pippa Mackie
Stage Manager: Emily Neumann