The Extinction Therapist
Written by Clem Martini
January 25 – February 11, 2023
Dr. Marshall’s therapeutic practice offers unconventional group support to those threatened with imminent extinction. In his current sessions, a libidinous woolly mammoth, a testy short-eared shrew, the uncompromising smallpox virus, an insecure tyrannosaurus rex and the hapless Minister for the Environment convene to receive therapy, in an attempt to come to terms with the complicated, volatile feelings associated with their precarious life-and-death circumstances.
When Dr. Marshall’s personal issues are inadvertently introduced, matters of the heart, matters of environmental culpability, and personal mortality become inextricably intertwined.
Artwork by Felix Vlasak
Get your Tickets to The Extinction Therapist
On the mainstage at Theatre Aquarius January 25 – February 11, 2023.
“The Extinction Therapist is an absolute triumph!”
“What a coup for Theatre Aquarius… a world premiere and one of such strength, with a spontaneous standing ovation from a youthful full house.”
– Jeff Mahoney, The Spec
“The show is an existential, absurdist comedy that marks the Theatre company’s latest shift towards a new identity as they prepare to announce their fiftieth season.”
– Beyond James
“Provocative, wonderfully funny and wisely thoughtful. A play not about extinction, but about life and it’s beautifully told in this wonderfully wild production.”
– Lynn Slotkin
““The Extinction Therapist is a production that is well worth seeing!”
– Brian Morton, The View Magazine
Meet the Cast & Creative Team
Nelson’s Short-Eared Shrew
Karen is a Hamiltonian Filipina Canadian multidisciplinary artist who enjoys storytelling through many mediums whether theatre, film, directing, acting, storytelling facilitating, writing, producing, facilitating artist care. Karen is the Artistic Director and a co-founder of Porch Light Theatre Hamilton and co facilitator of The House Key Project. PLT was Company In Residence at Theatre Aquarius for 2022. She is a co-founder of The Garden Project and co-producer of The Garden Party in November 2021-2022 at the AGH, an initiative that supports and celebrates Indigenous, Black and racialized artists through mentorship in Hamilton. She is an original member of the Hamilton 7 Storytelling Collective. She has worked with Kwentong Bayan Collective, Open Heart Arts, Filipinas Of Hamont, YPT, Carousel Players, Red Betty Theatre, Sulong Theatre, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, fu-GEN, Stratford Festival, Factory Theatre, Cahoots, and Lighthouse Festival. She is currently working on Fertility Monologues with Light Echo, Healing Thread with Tethered the Ghost and Living Grieving Collective on a new play called O.A. Karen has worked in film as a props and location scout on One Small Visit By Jo Chim and props/actor for You’re Invited by Aviva Armour-Ostroff. In 2023 she is looking forward to directing Shirley Valentine at The Capitol Theatre. She was nominated for YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award 2022. Karen is a recipient of a Hamilton Arts Award 2021.
Dr. Dennis Marshall
Richard is excited to be back at Theatre Aquarius, where he was previously in both Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, and Dinner with Friends. Select theatre credits include: The Cold War (VideoCabaret), Orestes, New World, The Faraway Nearby, Saltwater Moon (Tarragon), Speaking in Tongues, Festen, A Whistle in the Dark (Company Theatre), The Eco Show, Half-Life (Necessary Angel), The Heart of Robin Hood, The Lion King, Death of a Salesman (Mirvish). Richard also co-founded Primus Theatre. Film and TV credits include: Carmen, The Drawer Boy, Goon, Goon II: Last of the Enforcers, Son of a Critch, Burden of Truth, and Murdoch Mysteries. Richard received a Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Drawer Boy. He is also thrilled to be Dick Dunphy in the hit TV series Son of a Critch.
Aquarius audiences will remember Brandon from Ring of Fire, and Blood Brothers. Brandon’s other theatre credits include: Once (Broadway and Toronto), Mr. Wormwood in Matilda (First American National Tour and Toronto), Hamlet, Midsummer, An Enemy of the People, Courageous, Forests, The Misanthrope, Sideman, Skylight, Motel Hélène (Tarragon Theatre), La Ronde, What the Butler Saw, A Streetcar Named Desire, Our Town (Soulpepper), Boys in the Photograph, The Producers (Mirvish), Featuring Loretta, Escape from Happiness, Better Living, Down Dangerous Passes Road (Factory Theatre), The Tempest (Canadian Stage), Glenn (Necessary Angel). Brandon has appeared on over 30 television shows including Pretty Hard Cases, The Expanse, Star Trek Discovery, Murdoch Mysteries, Wayne, The Detail, Reign, The Line, At the Hotel. Select film credits include: Splice (Sundance Film Festival/TIFF Canadian Top Ten), Skating To New York, Wolves, Foxfire (TIFF), Picture Day (TIFF), Production Office. Brandon has three Dora Award nominations and one win.
Woolly Mammoth / Joan Moreau
Rebecca created and directed Blind Date at Theatre Aquarius. Other selected credits include: The Miser (Stratford, Assistant Director), An Undiscovered Shakespeare (creator, Stratford Festival, The Grand) Every Brilliant Thing (The Grand) Blind Date (cross Canada Tour, US, off-Broadway), Undercover (Tarragon Theatre, Vertigo Theatre, Citadel Theatre) Seven Stories (CanStage, Theatre Calgary) Legend Has It (Alberta Theatre Projects, Magnetic North, Brooklyn Academy of Music), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Dream in High Park), Sextet (Tarragon Theatre). Film and television credits include Overlord and The Underwoods (CBC-TV), Adult Adoption (film @ TIFF) Being Erica (CBC-TV), The Foundation (Showcase), Alice, I Think (CTV), The F Word (feature film) and The Rocker (feature film). Rebecca is a Canadian Comedy Award winner, Just For Laughs Award winner, Dora Award winner, Betty Mitchell Award winner, and Woman of Vision Award winner. She was nominated for both a Sterling Award and a Gemini Award. Follow Rebecca @rebeccanorthan.
Anand returns to Theatre Aquarius where his credits include Comedy of Errors and Invisible Hand. Anand’s other select theatre credits include Director, As You Like It (Canadian Stage), UNCLE VANYA (Crow’s Theatre), BUFFOON (Dora Award – Tarragon), MUSTARD (Dora Award – Tarragon); The 39 Steps (Dora nom – Soulpepper), Multiple plays with Videocabaret, Created multiple revues with Toronto Second City, Rice Boy, 3 Musketeers, Merchant of Venice (Stratford). Anand has many film and television credits, among them, Suits, Men With Brooms and Go Dog Go. He is also the A.D. – @N@f@N@ and Centre for Cardboard Dreams – AR & VR entertainment company. On social, you can find him at HRH Anand Rajaram. anandrajaram.com
Audiences will have heard Christopher’s original music and sound design most recently in Serving Elizabeth. Other theatre credits include: Scavenger’s Daughter (Buddies in Bad Times/Paradigm), Title and Deed (Tarragon/Nightfall), and Dissidents (ARC). His television credits include Titans (Netflix/Warner Bros), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC/Shaftesbury), Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC/Shaftesbury), and Saving Hope (NBC). Christopher is a Hamilton-based director, performer, sound designer, composer, and educator. He has been nominated for 16 Dora Mavor Moore Awards across disciplines, winning in 2017 Outstanding Direction, and in 2011 for Outstanding Performance. He has been Festival Director of the Hamilton Fringe since 2020.
Christine Brubaker is a director, actor, dramaturg and educator. She is from a Mennonite settler background and now makes her home in Treaty 7 Territory, Mohkinstsis/Calgary. This is her Theatre Aquarius debut; and as a theatre maker she has worked large and small stages across Canada including the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival, Charlettown Festival, Citadel Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Canstage, PUSH Festival and many others. She specializes in new work and adaptation and has directed over 25 world premieres, written and co-written four original works including HenryG20, a digital contemporary adaptation of Henry V that speaks to global capitalism and the protest movement. She is on faculty at University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts where she teaches directing. She is the winner of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Performance, the 2014 Gina Wilkinson Prize for Direction, and the 2016 Ken MacDougall Prize for Emerging Director. An archive of her past and upcoming projects can be found at www.christinebrubaker.com.
Logan Raju Cracknell
Logan makes his Theatre Aquarius debut with The Extinction Therapist. Other select theatre credits include: Alice in Wonderland (Bad Hats Theatre/Soulpepper); Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Theatre Calgary); Turn The Page (Theatre Sheridan); Dixon Road (Musical Stage Company/Obsidian Theatre); As You Like It/Dream in High Park (Canadian Stage Company); William Shakespeare’s As You Like It: A Radical Retelling by Cliff Cardinal and Orphans for the Czar(Crow’s Theatre). Film and television credits include the 2020 live stream production of Alice in Wonderland (Bad Hats Theatre/Soulpepper). Logan as a Bachelor of Fine Art in Theatre Production from York University and is a member of Associated Designers of Canada.
This is Jennifer’s Theatre Aquarius debut. Her other theatre credits include: The 39 Steps (Grove); Every Brilliant Thing (TIP); The Horse & his Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, Wilde Tales, 1979 (Shaw Festival); Bang Bang, The Virgin Trial, Generous (GCTC); Calendar Girls, Stones in his Pockets (Neptune); Quiet! I’m Talking (STC); Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Grand); Elle (Passe Muraille); The Mountaintop (Theatre Kingston); and Jennifer spent eight seasons with Two Planks and a Passion. Jennifer holds a Masters in Fine Arts, theatre design from University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, theatre design from Concordia University. She won a Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Costume Design: The Tempest (Two Planks); as well as a Montreal English Critics Circle Award for Best Set Design: 7 Stories (Tableau d’Hôte).
Josephine is no stranger to Aquarius, with Stage Management credits for Jack of Diamonds, The Hours that Remain, and most recently, Ring of Fire. Her Assistant Stage Management credits include: Never not Once, Freaky Friday, Steelcity Gangster, The Invisible Hand, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Few Good Men, Mamma Mia, The Nether, The Ladies Foursome, And Then There Were None, Cabaret, Legally Blonde, See How They Run, Full Monty, Pitman Painters, Queen Milli of Galt, Dinner with Friends, A Christmas Carol the Musical, White Christmas, Over the River and Through the Woods, and Seussical. Selected other theatre credits include, Stage Manager Rum Runners, Educating Rita, Hurry Hard (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Dear Johnny Deere (Blyth Festival Theatre & Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Harvest (Drayton Festival Theatre), wise.woman (b current), Future Folk (Sulong Theatre Collective/Theatre Passe Muraille), and Producer/Stage Manager for Porchside Songs 2020 (The Musical Stage Company). Thanks to Phil and everyone else who comes out to watch all my shows (even though I’m never seen!)
Michael Kras is thrilled to be back at Theatre Aquarius for his third production! A Hamilton-born playwright, director, actor, and magician, Michael is the recipient of the prestigious Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize for his acclaimed play The Team, which made its world premiere with Essential Collective Theatre and Theatre Aquarius and is published by Scirocco Drama.
Most recently, Michael’s play No Big Deal made its world premiere in Roseneath Theatre’s 2022/2023 season, and he is currently a Canada Council Artist-in-Residence at Theatre Aquarius developing a new electro-pop musical with composer Stephen Ingram.
As a magic director, Michael works as the Resident Illusions & Magic Associate for the Canadian premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Mirvish Productions) and has designed magic effects for productions like Bullfinch’s Mythology (Tottering Biped Theatre) and This Side of Heaven (Humber Theatre).
Michael is a graduate of Humber Theatre School and an alumnus of the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit. Visit his website at michaelkrasworks.com.
Assistant Stage Manager
For Theatre Aquarius, Jasmyne’s credits include A Hamilton Holiday, Serving Elizabeth, Ring of Fire, Pat and Skee, Home for the Holidays, Sweat and Elf: The Musical, Cabaret. Other theatre credits include Sweet Delilah Swim Club, Kinky Boots, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story (Drayton Entertainment) Return to Grace(RGA Media – Fallsview Casino). Jasmyne’s film credits include Most Dangerous Game Season 2 (CBS), Reacher (Amazon). Jasmyne is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Technical Theatre Program.
Thank you for supporting live theatre, enjoy the show!
Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter with over thirty plays, and thirteen books of fiction and nonfiction to his credit, including the W.O. Mitchell Award-winning Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, The Unravelling, and The Comedian. His recently premiered play, Cantata (Rumours of My Crazy, Useless Life) was the 2021 winner of Theatre BC’s National Playwriting Competition. He’s delighted to have The Extinction Therapist premiere at Theatre Aquarius. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and teaches in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.
Apprentice Stage Manager
For Theatre Aquarius, Logan’s credits include A Hamilton Holiday, Serving Elizabeth, Ring of Fire. Other theatre credits include Grow (Grand Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (Guild Festival Theatre), When Wendy Grew Up (Litmus Theatre), Mary Stuart, Concord Floral (FSPA), Dido and Aeneas / Aeneas and Dido, L’Etoile (Dalhousie Opera). Logan has a BA, Honours in Stage Design and Technical Theatre from Dalhousie University. Visit Logan’s website at www.loganmcnutt.com.
This is Scott’s Theatre Aquarius Debut. Scotts work has been seen at the Prague Quadrennial, Northlight Theatre, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Theatreworks (Colorado Springs), About Face Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre (Chicago), The Grand Theatre (London ON), The Sudbury Theatre Centre, The Globe Theatre (Regina SK), Buddies in Bad Times (Toronto), and The Winnipeg Studio Theatre. Upcoming: Without You (Associate- Off-Broadway), Shakespeare’s Will (Indiana Rep), Merry Wives of Windsor (American Players Theatre). Scott’s film and television credits include: Assistant Costume Designer for Station Eleven (HBO Max) and Five Days at Memorial (Apple TV). Scott has a Masters in Fine Arts from Northwestern University and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. You can follow him @scottpennerdesign www.scottpennerdesign.ca
Ranil Sonnadara is a theatrical sound designer and composer who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic. He has won several awards for his work on musicals and plays. Originally from the United Kingdom, Ranil moved to Canada in 1998 to pursue research in psychoacoustics. He has designed sound and music at several producing and touring venues in the UK including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, the Manchester Apollo Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, the Assembly Rooms, the Epsom Playhouse, South Hill Park Arts Centre, as well as venues in and around London’s West End including a resident spell at the Royal National Theatre. He has also worked at several venues across North and South America.
Ranil has over 250 production credits. Highlights include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Barnum, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Jesus Christ Superstar, King Lear, Little Shop of Horrors, Never, Peter Pan, Pirates of Penzance, Red, Rent, Rocky, Singing in the Rain, Steel City Gangster, Sweeney Todd, The Father, The Invisible Hand, The Nether, The Sound of Music, True West, Wicked, Wind in the Willows, and now The Extinction Therapist for Theatre Aquarius and Grand Magic for the Stratford Festival.
An experienced educator and researcher, Ranil has taught courses on psychoacoustics, composition, lighting and sound design at the University of Leeds, the Leeds College of Music, University College Bretton Hall, Liverpool Hope University and at McMaster University. In his “spare time”, Ranil is the Creative Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind’s LIVELab.