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Downstage proudly presents
the World Premiere of

MY FAMILY AND OTHER
ENDANGERED SPECIES

by Ellen Close and Braden Griffiths
adapted from the novel Amphibian by Carla Gunn
directed by Simon Mallett


April 23-26 & April 29-May 3, 2014
8 pm nightly with a 2 pm matinee May 3
Big Secret Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Perf. Arts
Student matinees available - contact us for details!
For tickets, call (403) 294-9494 or
CLICK HERE to purchase online.


"I think happiness is the whole problem - everyone, including my own mother, wants to be happy all the time, and nobody wants to be worried, even though they
super, to-infinity should be."

Nine-year-old Phineas William Walsh has an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world. What he doesn't understand, though, is why his parents can't live together - after all, when other mate-for-life animals have a fight, it's not like one of them just packs his bags and leaves the country. To make things to-infinity worse, Phin is worried sick about what humans are doing to the planet, and his mother is worried sick about him. So, when a White's tree frog ends up in an aquarium in his fourth-grade classroom, it's the last straw, and he stages an elaborate rescue.

Adapted and performed by Downstage Creation Ensemble members Braden Griffiths and Ellen Close, My Family and Other Endangered Species is a funny, imaginative and moving new play that will engage young adults and adults alike with a fast-paced story about environmental anxiety and puppets that transform from everyday objects.



We are grateful for the generous support of the Rozsa Foundation in helping to bring the ambitious puppet design for My Family and Other Endangered Species to life. Thank you!

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