EXTINCTION OF THE
WRITTEN BY EMME HOY
MAY 7-25 2019
25A DOWNSTAIRS BELVOIR
“Eyebrows up and in.
Lower lid contracted.
Upper lid raised.
Lip corners pulled sideways.
What is it?”
In a spotless room, four people are having tea.
Duncan and Marlow are scientists. Rachel and Wells are their subjects, and they can almost pass for human now…
But Wells is growing stronger and Rachel is learning faster than predicted, and Duncan and Marlow’s hold on them - and on power - is proving more fragile than expected. Tensions are rising, tempers are fraying, and somewhere in the darkness, tenderness blossoms, and a carefully controlled experiment begins to twist into something far stranger, and far more obscure…
Brutal, bold and gripping, Extinction of the Learned Response asks what really makes us human. Can it taught, replicated, removed? And once you take humanity away, what’s hiding underneath?
WRITTEN BY Emme Hoy
DIRECTOR Carissa Licciardello
PRODUCER Michelle Sverdloff
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER Ella Butler
LIGHTING DESIGNER Kelsey Lee
SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER Ben Pierpoint
STAGE MANAGER Bronte Schuftan
PRODUCTION MANAGER/ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Jana Vass
With Tel Benjamin, Sarah Meacham, Eddie Orton, Jennifer Rani
"Captivating...make sure you get along to see it." - Lisa Thatcher
"Tantalising new play...cool-toned, atmospheric and tightly made." - Jason Blake
"Compelling and unsettling." - Ben Neutze