SEASON 31 | may 2019

Last: An Extinction Comedy
March 29-April 27, 2019 8pm

The VORTEX proudly presents the world premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy, 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.  

The cast includes Bonnie Cullum, VORTEX Producing Artistic Director, who returns to the stage after a 20-year hiatus, and VORTEX resident artists Trey Deason, Olivia Jimenez, Amelia Turner, Jesus I. Valles, and Melissa Vogt. Also starring Ben Bazan, Allegra Jade Fox, Eva McQuade, and Julie Moore.  

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.


  • $35 Priority Seating | $25 General Admission | $15 Discount/Artist/Student/Senior/Veteran

  • Advanced Reservations Recommended. Limited seating.
    Saturday, April 6 --American Sign Language ASL-Interpreted Performance, Free to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Audiences

  • Friday, April 12, Live Streaming

  • Wednesday, April 24 --Industry Night

  • Blue Star Theatre: Discounts for Military, Veterans, and their families

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.