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Deep History


October 5 - October 27, 2024

North American Premiere 

Written and Performed by David Finnigan  

At the end of 2019, in the English countryside, Australian playwright David Finnigan began writing a play about the six turning points that have brought us to this moment in timeour ecosystems transformed, our planet on the brink of unthinkable climate disaster. But then Finnigan's hometown of Canberra was hit by bushfires. As an area the size of England burned and one billion animals perished, he started to receive texts from loved ones racing to evacuate amid the devastation. In a performance that interweaves 75,000 years of humanity with the incredibly personal account of his best friend’s escape, Finnigan calls on scientific research, phone footage, and a very personal story to illuminate the transforming planet and how we’ve arrived here. An extraordinary ride through human history, DEEP HISTORY is shot through with humor and glowing with hope. 

October 5 - October 27, 2024


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Accessible Performances
  • Saturday, October 19, 1:00PM: Open Captioned Performance
  • Sunday, October 20, 1:00PM: Mask Required Performance
  • Friday, October 25, 7:00PM: American Sign Language Interpreted Performance
  • Saturday, October 26, 1:00PM: Audio Described Performance

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It’s hard to imagine a fresh perspective on climate change, but Finnigan finds one.

- The Scotsman
Finnigan captures powerfully... that climate change is not a future threat – it’s with us now.

- The Guardian
A reflection on our limitless potential for creativity, kindness and destruction.

- The Observer
A drama driven both by passion and theatrical verve.

- The Stage