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The Mound Builders 

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sundays, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 19 2018
Phone: 919-973-2522
Email: ward@wardtheatrecompany.com
Price: $25
wardtheatrecompany.com/mound-builders

They don't tend to mention this during grad school orientation, but it's hard not to acquire a certain form of tunnel vision while working on an advanced degree. What's more disquieting? As your field of vision narrows, sometimes your values and your interest in your fellow humans narrow as well. Take the two families of academics in Lanford Wilson's 1975 drama, The Mound Builders. Anthropologists on an archaeological dig in the backwoods along the Mississippi River, they seem nice enough, at least at the start. But they're so focused on their own intellectual pursuits and what the eighth-century Native Americans of the title left behind that they're not terribly interested in the rural culture where they've set up camp or the immediate concerns and needs of the good ol' boy who's hosting them. Wonder how that's going to work out. Artistic director Wendy Ward directs her Meisner-influenced troupe in this psychological drama. —Byron Woods

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