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Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England - Full Length Play, Comedy

Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England

Madeleine George

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Full Length Play, Comedy

1m, 3f, 2m or f

ISBN: 9780573700859

A screwball sex comedy about the perils of monogamy, certainty, and academic administration.

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Full Length Play


120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - College town, New England.


Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Finalist! Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Winner! New Jersey Star-Ledger's Best Play of 2011
Dean Wreen is not having a good week. Her college is in dire financial straits and a plan to close its tiny, all-but-forgotten natural history museum is sending unexpected shock waves across campus and out into the local community. At home, her ex-lover, Greer, is staying with her—sending shock waves of a different sort through her relationship with her current (and much younger) girlfriend, Andromeda. Town-gown relations are in tatters! The local newspaper is erupting in protest! Even the awful, historically inaccurate dioramas in the museum have started mouthing off! A screwball sex comedy about the perils of monogamy, certainty, and academic administration.


"A smart, clever and highly promising new play...lively and literate." - The New York Times

“A thoughtful study in love and extinction, imaginatively crafted by Madeleine George.” - Variety

"Imagination at every turn.  Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England belongs in the winner’s circle.” - New Jersey Star-Ledger

Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England was originally produced by Two River Theatre Company in October 2011, under artistic director John Dias and managing director Michael Hurst, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.  It was first developed at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City.


1m, 3f, 2m or f

DEAN WREEN, née Cindy - female, late 40s
GREER, née Gail - female, late 40s
ANDROMEDA, née Andrea - female, 20s
THE CARETAKER - male, 60-70s
EARLY MAN 1 - male or female, early 20s
EARLY MAN 2 - female or male, early 20s
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Madeleine George

Madeleine George

Madeleine George's plays The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist), have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Shotgun Players in Berkeley, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Theater Wit in ... view full profile

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Analise Rodriguez 12/3/2014 4:25 PM
An intelligently comedic, down-to-Earth read. I thoroughly enjoyed the story as well as the individually crafted characters and their uniquely complex relationships with one another. I highly recommend!
Christopher mirto 4/23/2013 8:09 PM
I had such a wonderful time reading this charming sitcomical-academic-small town relationship comedy. The characters are weird and well spoken, sensitively cared for by the playwright. George has a great ear for dialogue and comic timing weaving together a unique perspective on the themes of love, generosity, the place of history in the future, the distance between generations, and how complicated it can all get.
  The playwright’s quirky imagination comes through most clearly in the living dioramas (standing completely still, in “traditional diorama garb,” and speaking in very contemporary dialogue), and the quiet Caretaker of the museum, who never speaks an original line, but only reads to us from the local newspaper.
  The structure follows the same structure of Friends: three interwoven stories with some cross-over between the six characters—a cheeky ode to the NBC sitcom (beloved by one of the characters in the play.) In this way, the piece keeps moving forward, the jokes and dilemmas are satisfying, though sometimes obvious, and its fun to read. On the other hand, it remains at this level from beginning to end: it’s all light and fun, even the cancer, the love triangle, the lonely Caretaker, and questions about the preservation of history.  It never quite lands somewhere moving or profound, but perhaps that’s not the point? Maybe the piece wants to be accessible, smart, theatrical, and funny: in which case, it succeeds admirably.

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