*Banner photo by Tim Nguyen, Citrus Photography

Written and performed by Georgina Beaty

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


January 16-20, 2018
A Downstage production
Presented by One Yellow Rabbit as part of the 32nd annual High Performance Rodeo
Vertigo Studio, Calgary

April 26-27, 2018
Architect Theatre in association with Downstage
In The Soil Festival, St. Catharine's

May 9-10, 2018
Architect Theatre in association with Downstage
Uno Festival, Victoria

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.


  • Nomination - Outstanding Lighting Design, Jessie Paynter, Betty Mitchell Awards

  • Nomination - Outstanding Set Design, Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, Betty Mitchell Awards

  • Nomination - Calgary Critics' Award, Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett


Read these fascinating blog posts by designers Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett about our creation process: workshop and production