The Mound Builders

At an archaeological dig in the Midwest, a party of the university scientists are unearthing vestiges of a lost Indian civilization. Heading the group is Dr. Howe, accompanied by his wife and daughter and by a younger associate and his wife.

Play title:  The Mound Builders

Author (s):  Lanford Wilson

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Publication Date: 1996

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Archaeology

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 3 Men, 4 Women

Professor August Howe, Cynthia Howe, Kristen, D.K (Delia) Eriksen, Dr. Dan Loggins, Dr. Jean Loggins, Chad Jasker

Setting: Varies

Time Period: 1970s

Synopsis of Play: At an archaeological dig in the Midwest, a party of the university scientists are unearthing vestiges of a lost Indian civilization. Heading the group is Dr. Howe, accompanied by his wife and daughter and by a younger associate and his wife. They are all joined by Dr. Howe’s sister, a famous, and jaded novelist, who is “drying out” after many years of dissipation in remote parts of the world. There is also an outsider, the acquisitive son of a local landowner, who wants the digging site to be turned into a commercialized tourist site. Interweaving past and present through the use of slides, the action of the play probes into the lives – and conflicts – of these disparate people, evoking resonances which illuminate what we are and will surely become, and which underscore the irony of our collective blindness to the disturbing lessons which a close study of the past must inevitably reveal. (play text cover blurb, Dramatists Play Service)

First Performance Date: February 2nd, 1975

First Producer: Circle Repertory Company

Performance History: The Mound Builders received its first production at Circle Repertory Company (Marshall W. Mason, Artistic Director) in New York City, on February 2nd, 1975. It was directed by Marshall W. Mason; the set design was by John Lee Beatty; the costume design was by Jennifer von Mayrhauser, the sound design was by Charles London and George Hansen; the slides were by Charles London and Robert Thirkield and the production stage manager was Peter Schneider.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/theater/reviews/lanford-wilsons-mound-builders-at-signature-theater.html

http://www.playbill.com/article/the-mound-builders-by-signature-alumni-playwright-lanford-wilson-begins-nyc-run-feb-26-com-201834

http://articles.latimes.com/2002/oct/18/entertainment/et-stage18

https://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/reviews/the-mound-builders

https://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/reviews/the-mound-builders_64610.html

https://letstalkoffbroadway.com/2013/03/the-mound-builders-by-lanford-wilson-directed-by-jo-bonney-signature-theatre-the-pershing-square-signature-center.html

https://nypost.com/2013/03/18/signature-delivers-a-glum-revival-of-lanford-wilsons-talky-the-mound-builders/

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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