Photo credit Dahlia Katz 

Extremophiles by Georgina Beaty 

A Downstage production

Presented by One Yellow Rabbit as part of the 32nd annual High Performance Rodeo

January 16-20, 2018 at the Vertigo Studio

Recommended for ages 16 & up                          

Run time 60 minutes

* Tickets are available through the High Performance Rodeo and are $35 for adults, $25 for students with a special $15 Wednesday!

* Limited tickets are available at no cost through our Pay-It Forward Program for the January 16 performance only - click to reserve online or call 403.294.7459.


January 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 at 8:00 pm

* Please note that our planned ASL Interpretation on January 19 has been cancelled due to interpreter unavailability - our sincere apologies! Check out Inside Out Theatre's Good Host page for upcoming ASL-interpreted performances at other theatres.


The anthropologist saw me and thought, “I have discovered a new civilization.”
I know this because she told me.
I saw her and thought, “Finally, a babysitter”, but I was polite enough not to tell her.

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. 


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

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.



The Vertigo Studio can be accessed from the main floor of the Calgary Tower at 160 9 Avenue SE.  It is easily accessible by wheelchair from the street or via elevators from the Palliser Parkade. The theatre is a two-block walk from the Centre Street and 1st Street LRT Stations. Check out the Vertigo Theatre website for more info on how to travel to the theatre including driving directions and parking tips.

We will be offering an accessible performance with Inside Out Theatre's Good Host Program and will be announcing more info soon!


- There are no assigned seats in this theatre. The doors will open about 45 minutes before the performance time so that you can choose your seat.

- All performances are followed by a post-show discussion that last about twenty minutes. If you stick around, you can expect a fascinating chat with other audience members about the themes of the show, moderated by Downstage staff. You can share your thoughts and questions or just sit back and listen. 

Have any questions about the show or the theatre-going experience? Get in touch