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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

“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.

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

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