Venue:  MIWSFPA Theatre
Time: Friday 9pm, Saturday 4pm
Category:  Theatre + Comedy
City of Origin:  Toronto (Architect Theatre) & Calgary (Downstage)
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass



A darkly funny solo play that evokes unsettling truths about where we may be headed.


The year is 2020. There’s a global pregnancy epidemic, and only Margaret gives birth – to a very unusual baby. They are quarantined in the far North, now a desert. April, an eager young anthropologist arrives to chronicle this emerging society of two and becomes more entangled than she ever anticipated.

In this darkly funny new solo piece, playwright/performer Georgina Beaty has created a strange and beautiful world that evokes unsettling truths about where we may be headed. This production of “Extremophiles” premiered with Downstage at the 2018 High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, Alberta.

“Everything I’d hoped. Smart and funny and caring and deeply theatrical. Amazing good work.”
-Jacob Zimmer, Nakai Theatre”


Georgina Beaty* (Playwright/Performer) Georgina’s acting credits include shows with One Yellow Rabbit, Native Earth/Culturestorm, The Segal Centre, Arts Club, Alberta Theatre Projects, Caravan Farm and YPT/Green Thumb Theatre. She is co-artistic director of Architect Theatre with whom she has co-created “Like There’s No Tomorrow” (SummerWorks), “This Must Be The Place” (Passe Muraille), “Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show” (cross-Canada tour).

Ellen Close (Director) is a performer, playwright, director and Artistic Director of Downstage.
“My Family and Other Endangered Species”, an adaptation of Carla Gunn’s novel Amphibian co-written with Braden Griffiths won Best Play, Calgary Critics Awards, was nominated for an Alberta Literary Award and published by Playwrights’ Canada Press.

Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett (Set Design) have been collaborating regularly since 2011, leveraging Garrett’s background as a classically-trained musician and Red Seal Machinist against Brown’s formal education as an artist at Alberta College of Art + Design. Previous works have appeared internationally, including in Moscow, Istanbul, over 15 Festivals of Light throughout Europe and Asia.

Original production:
Georgina Beaty* – Playwright/Performer
Ellen Close – Director
Ruby Dawn Eustaquio – Stage Manager
Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett – Production Design
Jessie Paynter – Lighting Design & Production Manager
Jordan Wieben – Costume Design
Jill Connell – Dramaturgy
Karen Hines – Creation Dramaturgy

*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance*Opera*Theatre Policy.

“Extremophiles” was originally developed by Architect Theatre and presented at Summerworks 2016. The production was directed by Megan Watson, designed by Patrick Lavender, sound designed by Christopher Stanton, stage managed by Tamara Vuckovic, production managed by Daniel Bennett and produced by Sascha Cole and Georgina Beaty with Rashida Shaw. Karen Hines was the dramaturge and production consultant, and live visuals were by Caterwaul Theatre (Erin Fleck and Sarah Fairlie). The playwright wishes to thank this team for their contributions to the development of the piece.


Mature language, recommended for ages 16 & up.

Note: There is no strobe in the piece but the use of the open bulbs can create a strobe-like effect for brief moments.