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Austin, Texas
Friday 12 April 2019

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The premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

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Friday 12 April 2019

The VORTEX proudly presents the world premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy, an extraordinary new devised play blending improv, comedy, and environmental activism livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 12 April 2019 at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York).

With the urgency of climate change and the mass extinction of species, Last: An Extinction Comedy takes on the future.

Centuries from now, a troupe of tired and really hungry comedians roam the crumbling remains of human civilization performing sketches about extinction. Taking the names of surviving animal species like Trash Panda and Cockroach, they bring humor to a world on the gallows and remind us that a story of extinction is also a story of survival—Mad Max meets the Muppets!

Rudy Ramirez, award-winning director and Associate Artistic Director of The VORTEX,  teams up with Sarah Marie Curry, one of Austin’s most lauded and recognized improvisers, to create a fresh new play of sketch comedy and improv as we address our environmental crisis.

The cast includes Bonnie Cullum, VORTEX Producing Artistic Director, who returns to the stage after a 20-year hiatus, and VORTEX resident artists Trey Deason, Olivia Jimenez, Amelia Turner, Jesus I. Valles, and Melissa Vogt. Also starring Ben Bazan, Allegra Jade Fox, Eva McQuade, and Julie Moore.

Scenic Design by Ann Maire Gordon. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony.  Costume Design by Aaron Flynn. Prop Design by Jamie G. Vaught. Makeup Design by Amelia Turner. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley. Production Management by Jennifer Rogers. Assistant Production Manager, Celeste Bliss. Additional writing and coaching by Lilli Lopez andJeremy Rashad Brown.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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