Michael Urie and Tracie Bennett
Kario Marcel and Drew Droege
Michael Urie and Tracie Bennett
Kario Marcel, Tracie Bennett, and Michael Urie
Set over Labor Day Weekend in coastal New England, a middle-aged playwright invites longtime friend, legendary TV diva, Charlotte Christian, and occasionally-working actor friend, Jay Mulch, to read his latest dramatic effort, "The Extinction of Fireflies", a mythological comedy based on the epic romance of Roman Emperor Hadrian and his teenage lover Antinous. But when Jay brings along his new (and younger) lover Callisto, the feedback is spectacular.
James Andrew Walsh’s new comedy stars multi-award winner Michael Urie (Netflix's upcoming "Single All The Way", “Ugly Betty,” Buyer & Cellar, Torch Song), Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow, Follies), Drew Droege (“Bob’s Burgers,” Bright Colors and Bold Patterns) and Kario Marcel (“Chicago Fire,” “Broad City”).
The film is executive produced by Kimberly Chesser and James
Andrew Walsh for Walsh's When All The World’s A Stage, a subsidiary of his Rhode Trip Pictures, whose mission is to produce small screen adaptations of material written for the stage.
Shot entirely on location in Westerly, Rhode Island during the 2020 global pandemic, the film is dedicated to all the fireflies extinguished by AIDS and by the Coronavirus.
(Running Time: 85 mins)
FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS:
Official Selection OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival
Official Selection Amsterdam International Film Festival
Official Opening Night qFLIX Philly PRIDE FLIX
James Andrew Walsh wins Global Filmmaker Award at Barcelona International Film Festival
April 24 - April 28, 2021
Selection at San Diego Film Awards
Official Selection Thessaloniki International G.L.A.D Film Festival
Official Selection Guayaquil International Film Festival
Selection at Rhode Island International Film Festival
Official Selection for Out at the Movies Film Fest Winston-Salem
Official Selection for Cinema Diverse Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Official Selection at qFlix Philadelphia LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Official Selection at ReelQ: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival
As Outfest 2021 Concludes, Here Are Our Favorite Entries - Pride.com
Michael Urie wins best supporting performance at "Out at the Movies: Winston Salem Film Festival"
Extinction's Michael Urie joins cast of "Chicken and Biscuits" on Broadway
Extinction's Kario Marcel to star in Tyler Perry's "A Jazzman's Blues" for NETFLIX
Extinction's Michael Urie to star in NETFLIX Christmas Movie, "Single All The Way"
Extinction's Tracie Bennett returns to Coronation Street, UK's longest running soap, 'overwhelmed' by fans' support [The List]
"The Extinction of Fireflies" is the next step in streaming theatre [PGN]
MICHAEL URIE was seen last season in back to back New York theatre productions beginning with the Public Theater’s revival of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day and followed by the Broadway premiere of Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons. Prior to that, he starred in the Tony Award nominated Broadway revival of Harvey Fierstein Torch Song, following his critically acclaimed performance in the off-Broadway production at Second Stage, earning Lucille Lortel Award and Drama League Award nominations. Michael originated the role of Alex More in Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar Off-Broadway, on tour, and in London, for which he received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, LA Drama Critics Award and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
More New York theatre credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying ( Broadway), The Government Inspector (Red Bull, Drama League, OCC nominations), Shows For Days (LCT), Homos, Or Everyone In America (Obie Award), The Cherry Orchard (CSC), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull), and Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights).
Regionally, Urie has worked for The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Wash. DC), Two River, The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin), and The Blank (L.A.). Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director/exec. producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia, Such Good People, The Hyperglot (director), and Grantham & Rose (exec. producer). TV: Gavin Sinclair on Modern Family, Younger, The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Hot in Cleveland, Workaholics, Partners and Marc St. James on Ugly Betty. He hosted four seasons of Logo’s Cocktails And Classics. Web series: “What’s Your Emergency” (director). Training: Juilliard.
TRACIE BENNETT is best known for her many award-winning performances in the West End and on Broadway. She is a double Olivier Award winner and has been nominated on a further four occasions. She also received a Tony Award nomination for her extraordinary portrayal of Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow.
Theatre includes: Mame (Hope Mill Theatre); Follies (National Theatre – Olivier Award Nomination); Ruthless The Musical (Arts Theatre); Mrs Henderson Presents (Toronto/West End/Theatre Royal Bath – Olivier Award Nomination); The Hypochondriac (Theatre Royal Bath); End of the Rainbow (West End/Tour/Broadway, numerous awards including Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and BroadwayWorld Award LA, nominated for a Tony Award and Olivier Award, Theatre World Award, Ivey Award for Best Actress in a Play and Angels' Night - Distinguished Artist Award 2013); La Cage aux Folles (WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, West End); Hairspray (Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical and WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, West End); Les Misérables (West End); High Society (Olivier Award nomination - Open Air Theatre); Cash On Delivery (Whitehall Theatre); She Loves Me (Olivier Award - Savoy Theatre); Breezeblock Park (Forum, Manchester); Amid The Standing Corn (UK Tour); Carousel (Best Actress at the Manchester Evening News Drama Awards - Royal Exchange, Manchester); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK Tour); Merchant of Venice (UK Tour); Much Ado About Nothing (UK Tour); Working Class Hero (Library Theatre, Manchester) and Educating Rita (Sheffield Crucible)
Television includes: The Bay; Casualty; Scott & Bailey; Burn It; New Tricks; Candy Cabs; Dalziel and Pascoe; Vincent; The Royal; The Court; The Long Firm; MIT: Murder Investigation Team; Heroes and Villains; Next of Kin; Joking Apart; Making Out; Brushstrokes; Alas Smith and Jones; The Brett; Putting on the Ritz; Boon and Coronation Street.
Film: Shirley Valentine; Deep Red Instant Love and Knights and Emeralds.
DREW DROEGE is best known for his online parody videos of downtown indie darling Chloë Sevigny, featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Advocate, TimeOut New York, OUT magazine's Out 100, Marc Jacobs’ 2016 Spring campaign, and HBO's Wigstock documentary, "Wig".
He played Mr. Dennis, the drama teacher, on Paramount Network's "Heathers" and has recurred on "Search Party", "Bob's Burgers", "Drunk History", "Gloop World", "IdiotSitter", "Key and Peele", "Comedy Bang! Bang!", and Logo's "Cocktails And Classics". Other TV credits include "Bless The Harts", "Q-Force", "Now Apocalypse", "Teachers", "Transparent,” "Life In Pieces", "Nobodies", "Bajillion Dollar Properties", “2 Broke Girls,” “House Of Lies,” “Kroll Show,” “New Girl,” “Happy Endings,” and “How I Met Your Mother". He is also the voice of Pia, one of the villains, on the reboot of the popular video game, "Battletoads". He's appeared in the films "El Tonto", "The Never List", "Ideal Home", "The 4th", "The Circle", "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse", "You’re Killing Me", and "Eating Out: Drama Camp". Web series: "The Disgustings", "Eastsiders", "#Adulting" (Indie Series Award, Best Guest Actor), "Not Looking", "Matt & Dan", "GoGo Boy Interrupted", "Planet Unicorn". He also wrote for Netflix's "AJ And The Queen" and "Big Mouth".
Drew has written and performed five solo shows, including "Happy Birthday Doug" (Off-Broadway, Soho Playhouse 2020, directed by Tom DeTrinis), "Bright Colors And Bold Patterns" (Off-Broadway, Soho Playhouse 2017-18, directed by Michael Urie), "Bad Education", "Drugs!", and "Good Evening America". He received the Outstanding Performance award at Outfest Los Angeles in 2018 for the BroadwayHD capture of "Bright Colors And Bold Patterns" (available to watch on broadwayhd.com).
He is an alum of The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade theaters in Los Angeles, where he performs regularly. Other LA theatre credits include Charles Busch's "Die, Mommie, Die!", Justin Sayre's "Ravenswood Manor", Matt Wilkas & Mark Setlock's "Born To Win", Julie Brown's "The Homecoming Queen's Got A Musical", long-running drag "The Golden Girlz", and musical parodies of "Troop Beverly Hills" and "The Devil Wears Prada". He hosted two podcasts, "Glitter in the Garbage" for EarWolf and “Drew Droege’s Minor Revelations”, which will be coming back soon.
Kario completed his MFA from the prestigious NYU Graduate Acting program in 2018. He has since appeared in DIVORCE (HBO), BROAD CITY (Comedy Central) & ELEMENTARY (CBS). Kario completed a recurring arc on CHICAGO FIRE. He lives in New York City.
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