Song of Extinction has been awarded:

  • The 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award from the American Theater Critics Association
  • The LA Weekly Theatre Award for PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
  • LA Weekly Theatre Award for Leading Male Performance Award – Darrell Kunitomi
  • The Ted Schmitt Award for the WORLD PREMIERE OF AN OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.


LA Weekly
“Aided by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz’s fine set, director Heidi Helen Davis finds beauty in death, staging it as a boat ride into the jungle with showers of butterflies — a gorgeous counterpoint to Phan’s pronouncement that ‘Extinction is a very messy business.'”

Los Angeles Times CRITICS CHOICE
“EM Lewis’ new drama, “Song of Extinction,” artfully balances its theme of mortality between the intimate and the macroscopic. Revolving around the tenuous connection between an alienated high school biology teacher and a troubled student, Lewis’ lyrical text explores inner psychological states with remarkable eloquence and clarity — ably depicted by a first-rate Moving Arts cast.”

Stage Scene LA
“Song of Extinction confirms the playwright’s unique gifts. Her exquisite writing and the gut-wrenching work of Kunitomi and Faught make Moving Arts’ production of Song of Extinction one that will haunt you long after the lights have fallen on a father and his son.”

“Captivating…exquisitely directed…Lewis has successfully folded one profound theme after another into an illuminating play on harsh, yet heartfelt, themes.”

Back Stage
“Playwright E.M. Lewis’ world premiere evenhandedly focuses on the human psyche’s ability to cope… Turning in the production’s finest performance, Darrell Kunitomi is remarkable as Phan. His understated subtlety is thoughtful and caring at times while dryly sardonic at others. Nicely conceived design elements elevate this production above the ordinary.”

Curtain Up
“Everything about this play is done to perfection. Heidi Helen Davis has directed this exceptional group of actors with smooth attention to detail… There is a melancholy richness and sensitivity in this beautiful play that will stay with you for a very long time. Guaranteed to leave you thoughtful and speechless.”