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Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Signature Center

The Mound Builders tells the story of a team of archaeologists who come to an Illinois town to unearth the mysteries of the Mound Builders. As they excavate the remains of the Native American civilization, they grapple with powerful and dangerous forces of ambition and legacy.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on April 14, 2013.

Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Signature Center

480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Previews Feb 26, 2013
Opening Mar 17, 2013
Closing Apr 14, 2013


What Is the Story of The Mound Builders?
Set in the mid ‘70s, The Mound Builders tells the story of Professor August Howe and Dr. Dan Loggins, a team of archaeologists who rent a house for the summer in Blue Shoals, Illinois, in hopes of uncovering the mysteries of the area’s prior inhabitants. Along for the ride are August’s photographer wife Cynthia, eccentric novelist sister Delia and precocious daughter Kirsten, as well as Dan’s gynecologist wife Jean, who is pregnant. When Chad Jasker, the socially awkward son of the landlord, begins to stir up trouble, the entire house is pulled into the chaos. Just when the team is making headway with the excavation, a traumatic event occurs that will change all of their lives forever.

Critics' Reviews

"The ghostly, glowing-from-below set in Jo Bonney’s production nicely hints at the things always lurking underneath."

Review by Jesse Oxfeld from New York Observer

"[The Mound Builders] effectively blends lyricism and naturalism as it explores what anthropologists might call kinship relations of the period known as the ‘me’ decade."

Review by Charles Isherwood from The New York Times

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