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Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England

October 15, 2011 - November 20, 2011

By Madeleine George
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll


Madeleine George’s new play is a deliciously smart and funny “academic sex comedy” about life in a small university town. Dean Wreen’s college is in dire financial straits, and a plan to close its on-campus natural history museum is sending unexpected shock waves in every direction—just as the Dean’s ex-girlfriend has come back into her life. This definitely complicates things with her much younger girlfriend, Andromeda. Neither budget cuts nor the shadows cast by seven about-to-be-homeless mammoths are any match for the sweet taste of romance in this hilarious and deeply moving play.

Rated M for mature content and language. This production features simulated sex between prehistoric college students and contemporary lesbians. No mammoths were harmed in the making of this play.



A Note from Artistic Director, John Dias

A Conversation with playwright Madeleine George and director Ken Rus Schmoll

An Interview with Local Teacher and Artist, Kate Okeson

Plays in Progress

Behind the Scenes at Two River


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Lauren Culpepper*
Lauren Culpepper*

Early Man 2

Lauren Culpepper is happy to return to Two River Theater, where she performed in the world premiere of Orestes: A Tragic Romp, a co-production with the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC. Her New York credits include The Dinner Party (Lincoln Center Institute) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sonnet Repertory). Regional credits include Crime & Punishment (Baltimore Center Stage), I Capture the Castle (Signature Theatre), Hamlet (Aspen Music Festival), A New Jerusalem (Theatre J). Upcoming film: David Chase’s Twylight Zones. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Mercedes Herrero*
Mercedes Herrero*

Dean Wreen

Mercedes Herrero's New York credits include: Seven (La MaMa, 92nd Street Y), Killing the Boss (Cherry Lane Theatre), Widows (59E59 Theaters), Night Over Taos (Theatre for the New City), Richard III, Henry V (The Public), O Jerusalem (The Flea), Comic Potential (Manhattan Theatre Club), and The Laramie Project (Union Square, original cast). Regional theater credits include: Deathtrap, Boeing Boeing, A Winter's Tale (Asolo Rep); The Black Dahlia, Twelfth Night (Yale Rep); Nine Parts of Desire (Geva Theatre); The Voysey Inheritance (Baltimore Center Stage); A Streetcar Named Desire (Arena Stage); The Idiots Karamazov (American Repertory Theater); 33 Variations (Sundance Theatre Lab). She has also performed in Madrid, London, and Deauville, France. Film and TV appearances: many lawyers in all four Law & Orders; Deception; Arranged; Definitely, Maybe; Asylum Seekers; The Tao of Steve. Ms. Herrero holds a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She is delighted to be working on this extraordinary play in beautiful Red Bank, New Jersey.

Jon Hoche*
Jon Hoche*

Early Man 1

Jon Hoche, a New Jersey native and graduate of Montclair State University, now residing in New York City, Jon has done extensive work with and is Artistic Associate of Vampire Cowboys, NYC’s premiere downtown geek theater. Jon has performed Off-Broadway in Soul Samurai (Ma-Yi Theater and Vampire Cowboys) and will return in The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G in February 2012. Memorable roles include: Lucius in Titus Andronicus, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Banquo in Macbeth (American Globe); King Melchior in Bethlehem or Bust (Piper McKenzie); Mu’Awiyah Fareed in The Brokenhearteds (I Mean! Productions); Jimmy in The Lady Drug Dealer and the Heist (I Mean! Productions/FringeNYC). He has also worked with Target Margin, Ensemble Studio Theatre, INTAR, and 2g. Also a playwright, Jon’s work was showcased in the New Jersey One-Minute Play Festival. He wrote, produced, performed, and directed Galactic Girl in: Attack of the Starbarians, which had a sold-out run as part of the Brick Theater’s Comic Book Theater Festival. He would like to thank his family, friends & Erica for their continued love and support.

Deirdre Madigan*
Deirdre Madigan*


Deirdre Madigan is delighted to be making her Two River Theater debut. Broadway: After the Night and the Music (dir. Daniel Sullivan). Off-Broadway: Barbra’s Wedding (dir. David Warren), Major Crimes (dir. Arthur Penn), and Jigsaws (dir. Susie Fuller). Other regional credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the English Theatre of Frankfurt; God of Carnage, The Little Foxes, Mary Stuart, Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Ted Pappas), Spinning into Butter (dir. Eddie Gilbert), and Betty’s Summer Vacation (dir. Munson Hicks) at Pittsburgh Public Theater; All the King’s Men at Intiman Theatre (dir. Pam MacKinnon); The Diary of Anne Frank at the Denver Center (dir. Paul Barnes); A Marriage Minuet at Westport Country Playhouse and City Theatre (dir. Tracey Brigden); Dinner with Friends and Julius Caesar at Pioneer Theatre Company (dir. Charles Morey); Lips Together, Teeth Apart at George Street Playhouse (dir. Michael Morris). TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Good Wife.

Flor De Liz Perez*
Flor De Liz Perez*


Flor De Liz Perez is thrilled to be making her first appearance at Two River Theater with this beautiful play! Based in NYC, she recently originated the role of “Mujer Americana” in the Repertorio Espanol premiere of Caridad Svich’s In the Time of the Butterflies (2011 HOLA Award for Best Ensemble). Off-Broadway, she’s been seen in Apple Core Theater Company’s production of Mel Nieves’ By the Dawn’s Early Light at Theatre Row Studios. Favorite regional credits at PlayMakers Repertory (NC) include All My Sons with Ellen McLaughlin, Pride and Prejudice, In the Continuum, The Little Prince, and Nicholas Nickleby. Film and TV credits include the award-winning indie film One Number Two (Flexible Frame Productions), The Good Wife (CBS), and The 22 (CBS). She is involved in the Literary Wing at the Lark Play Development Center and volunteers with kids in Hell’s Kitchen at the 52nd Street Project. Training: MFA (Acting) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professional Actor Training Program/PlayMakers Repertory Company; London Dramatic Academy; and A Guthrie Experience at The Guthrie Theater. Much love and light to her amazing parents.

Joel Van Liew*
Joel Van Liew*

The Caretaker

Joel Van Liew - Theatre: From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), Well (Public Theater, American Conservatory Theater), The Pavilion (City Theatre, Pittsburgh), Pride and Prejudice (Actors Theatre of Louisville), A Beautiful Child by Truman Capote (FringeNYC), Born of Conviction (White Bird Productions), The Bilbao Effect (AIA Center), The Visit and The Winter’s Tale (Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble). TV: Boardwalk Empire, The 22, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Are We There Yet?, White Collar, Law & Order.


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Press Release

October 27, 2011 - Two River Theater Company Announces Second Extension For Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, A World Premiere By Madeleine George, Directed By Ken Rus Schmoll


October 13, 2011 -, Tom Chesek

October 13, 2011 - triCity News, Steven Froias


November 1, 2011 - The Star-Ledger, Peter Filichia

November 3, 2011 - Asbury Park Press, Tom Chesek

November 10, 2011 - triCityNews, Steven Froias

November 11, 2011 - The New York Times, Anita Gates

November 11, 2011 - Variety, Michael Sommers

November 13, 2011 - Talkin' Broadway, Bob Rendell

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