Extinction Song Written and Directed
By Ron Jenkins
Starring Ron Pederson
“What a pleasure to immerse oneself in a funny, scary, heart breaking experience like Extinction Song and a performance like Ron Pederson's" He's a riveting actor. He doesn't sentimentalize as he takes us into James' dark and dangerous world. Pederson doesn't condescend with fake high spirits. He fully inhabits a thinking, dimensional character and a survivor's world view that is complex and insightful"
— Edmonton Journal
“ Pederson is perfect as a little boy lost. Jenkins and Pederson inspire laughter tears and infinite sadness. Quiet Brilliant and quite indescribable.”
—The Edmonton Sun
Spellbinding! Pederson is so tight and realized as James that he will break your heart in half. He’s truly one of Canada’s most gifted performers and clearly with Jenkins he has met his match. —
Mooney On Theatre
“Tour De Force....Actor Ron Pederson is utterly convincing as a child, so much so that it’s easy to forget he is a man in boys’ pajamas. Hilarious and frightening
"Ron Pederson could carry this play alone on a bare stage. He totally inhabits the character in a highly physical, intense and unflagging performance. A lot of the comedy lies in the actor and characters’ mimicry of voices and other sound effects in his rapid-fire, excited storytelling" —Chronicle Herald
Ron Jenkins (The Black Rider, B’ashed Off-B’way, 2 time Siminovitch prize finalist) and Ron Pederson (MADtv, Soulpepper, Stratford, CanStage, Sterling and Canadian Comedy Award Winner, Dora Nominee) Join forces to revive one of Canada’s most lauded new plays
Extinction Song is a heartbreaking account of a precocious child shoring up his defenses against the harsh and violent reality of his troubled father. 7 year old James escapes to a world of fantasy and conspires with his imaginary Wolf pack to kill his RCMP father before he and the pack become...”Extincted”. An award winning hit in Edmonton, Halifax and at SummerWorks. A riveting, rollicking story, a lament for the snuffed out imagination of a boy, who is forced to grow up and accept a dark reality.
Extinction Song was first Performed at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton and went on to win the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best New Play and Best Production of a Play as well as nominations for Direction, Lighting Design and Best Actor. The play was later presented at Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax and garnered Robert Merritt Award nominations for Best Play and Director.
Ron Pederson has worked at theatres across Canada including Soulpepper, The Stratford Festival, RMTC, Citadel Theatre, ATP, The Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, The Canadian Stage Company, Theatre Network, Catalyst Theatre, The Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Murrile, 1000 Island Playhouse, and The SummerWorks Festival. He is a co-artistic producer of Toronto’s The Theatre Department. As an improviser, he has appeared with theatres and festivals in Chicago, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Regina, Vancouver, Charleston SC, NYC, L.A, Berlin, Oslo, Vienna and Amsterdam. He is a founding member and alumni of The NTOW. TV And Film credits include MadTV ( FOX, 3 Seasons Canadian Comedy Award Nomination Best TV Performance), INsecurity (CBC), The Late Late Show (CBS), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) SideKick (YTV), Degrassi (CTV). Ron is the recipient of the Canadian Comedy award for Best Improviser, the RBC Arts Professional Award, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award and SummerWorks Performance Award. As well, he is a Jessie, Merritt and Dora Award Nominee.
The Money Shot (GZT/Hit and Myth), Romeo and Juliet (TSC), Playing With Fire (Citadel/PTE) Othello (TSC) High Life (GZT) ENRON (NAC) The Motherfucker With The Hat (ATP) Good Night Desdemona Good Morning Juliet (Belfry Theatre) Diligent River Daughter (Ship’s Theatre Co.) 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company)Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary/Citadel) Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (ATP), The Forbidden Phoenix (Citadel Theatre),,The Trespassers (Belfry/Vancouver Playhouse) Nisei Blue (ATP) Bash’d (Off Broadway),17 Dog ( Workshop West), Mary’s Wedding (Workshop West ), Apple(Workshop West), Mesa(Workshop West ), and Respectable, Confessions Of A Paper Boy (Ghost River Theatre), The Black Rider (November Theatre Co./Tarragon), The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) and The Blue Light (Alberta Theatre Projects), What the Butler Saw (Studio Theatre), Steel Kiss, Eureka, and The Horror, The Horror (Skid), Liars (MTYP) Ron has won ten Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and the Betty Mitchell Award for Direction for The Black Rider and Playing With Fire. Last year he was honoured with a CCA award in Ottawa for his direction of ENRON. Ron is also the winner of the 2004 Syncrude Award for Artistic Innovation and a Critter Award Winner for Playing With Fire. Ron was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2010 Siminovitch Prize in theatre for Direction.