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Extinction: starring James Roday & Michael Weston

James RodayMichael Weston
James RodayMichael Weston


James Roday, star of the television series "Psych," and Michael Weston of TV's "House" will play two friends on a reckless weekend in Gabe McKinley's new play Extinction, opening at the Cherry Lane Theatre on 17 Feb 2010, following previews from 13 Feb and running through to 14 Mar 2010. Wayne Kasserman directs.

Roday and Weston reprise their roles Off-Broadway in Extinction following its acclaimed, sold-out run this past fall in Los Angeles at the Elephant Space theatre in Hollywood in a production praised by Variety as "the creative meat of a truly talented writer…a very dark view off the sexes." The L.A. Times wrote that the play "enters unexplored, murky corners and is uniquely unsettling."

With a cast that also features Amanda Detmer and Stefanie E. Frame, Extinction is McKinley's play about what transpires between two college buddies whose annual outing of male-bonding and debauchery veers precipitously off course when unmet expectations spiral into a volatile showdown.

Extinction will be presented Off-Broadway by Red Dog Squadron in association with the Cherry Lane Theatre. The actor Dule Hill, Roday's co-star on "Psych," is also a producer of the play.

Gabe McKinley's plays include 'Welcome Home Rock Rogers,' 'The Kitchen Sink Play,' 'Funny' and 'Floodplains.' His play 'The Grave' was the winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, while another short play, 'Hero's Grave' was recently performed at London's Old Vic.

James Roday stars as 'Shawn Spencer' in the upcoming fifth season of the USA Network original series "Psych." His New York stage credits include 'The Three Sisters' (Off-Broadway), 'Twelfth Night,' '"A Respectable Wedding,' and 'Severity's Mistress.' He has also starred in several feature film roles including, 'Beerfest,' 'Don't Come Knocking,' 'Rolling Kansas,' and 'The Dukes of Hazzard.'

Michael Weston has appeared Off-Broadway in 'Snakebit' and in Kenneith Lonnergan's 'The Waverly Gallery' (Pasadena Playhouse) and several plays at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film credits include: 'The Last Kiss,' 'State of Play,' 'Pathology,' 'Garden State,' 'Dukes of Hazzard,' 'Hart's War,' 'Lucky Numbers,' 'Looking For Sunday,' 'Wedding Daze,' and 'Coyote Ugly.' He's had recurring roles on 'Six Feet Under,' 'Scrubs,' 'Law and Order: SVU,' and currently 'House' on Fox-TV.

Extinction has scenic design by Steven C. Kemp, lighting design by Mike Durst and costume design by Gali Noy.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Red Dog Squadron is a non-profit theatre company founded in 1999 by Brad Raider and James Roday, who met while studying at The Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU and have been frequent collaborators since. Red Dog has produced, 'Henry V' (NY-Mazer Theater), David Mamet's 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago,' two original one-acts, 'sustenance' and 'Chickens and A**holes,' and the critically-acclaimed 'Grand Delusion' by David Rock in 2007.

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