SEASON 31 | march 2019


Last: An Extinction Comedy

Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Devised by the Ensemble
Presented by The VORTEX

An extraordinary new devised play blending improv, comedy, and environmental activism. With the urgency of climate change and the mass extinction of species, Last: An Extinction Comedy takes on the future.  

Centuries from now, a troupe of tired and really hungry comedians roam the crumbling remains of human civilization performing sketches about extinction. Taking the names of surviving animal species like Trash Panda and Cockroach, they bring humor to a world on the gallows and remind us that a story of extinction is also a story of survival—Mad Max meets the Muppets! Rudy Ramirez, award-winning director and Associate Artistic Director of The VORTEX, teams up with Sarah Marie Curry, one of Austin’s most lauded and recognized improvisers, to create a fresh new play of sketch comedy and improv as we address our environmental crisis.


Ben Bazan, Bonnie Cullum, Trey Deason, Allegra Jade Fox, Olivia Jimenez, Eva McQuade, Julie Moore, Amelia Turner, Jesus I. Valles, and Melissa Vogt.


Scenic Design by Ann Maire Gordon. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Costume Design by Aaron Flynn. Prop Design by Jamie G. Vaught. Makeup Design by Amelia Turner. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley. Production Management by Jennifer Rogers. Assistant Production Manager, Celeste Bliss. Additional writing and coaching by Lilli Lopez and Jeremy Rashad Brown.

Funded and supported in part by Bloomberg Philanthropies, VORTEX Repertory Company, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.