The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons

by Rachel Teagle

directed by Jess Viator

Content note: Please be advised this show contains implied explosions, described violence, allusions to domestic violence, discussions of terminal illness, and homophobic and racially insensitive microaggressions.

What did you want to be when you grew up? In a world of astronauts, ballerinas, cowboys, and secret agents, Jess always wanted to be a mastodon. But even when fantastical possibilities become reality, it can be hard to find room for impractical dreams. Discover The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons, a whimsical play about the real challenges of claiming your space in the world. 

About The Director: Jess Viator has been working with Theatre@First for 13 years, now! After graduating with a BA in Performance/Directing from Franklin Pierce University, she moved to Boston and began directing in the independent and community theatre scene: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Hyde and Peter Pan with The Post-Meridian Radio Players, staged readings of Will Eno's Tragedy: A Tragedy, and Zinnie Harris' The Wheel, with Theatre@First, Anton in Show Business, as well as short plays for various short play festivals. She earned an MLitt in Theatre Studies from the University of Dundee, where she wrote or directed several pieces in collaboration with the Dundee Repertory Theater.


Friday, March 15, 2024 at 8pm

Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 8pm

Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 4pm (matinee!)

Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 8pm
For this performance masks were required.

Friday, March 22, 2024 at 8pm

Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 4pm (matinee!)


The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons was presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville.

The performance space is not wheelchair-accessible.

Parking on William St is by permit only. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.










Angele Maraj

Patrick Neal

Vivian Greenberg

Alex Gorowara

Natalie Le

Catherine Bromberg

Juan Jose Boschetti 

Becki Greene

Byron Harvey

Lauren Kimball

Audrey Seraphin

Lily Danieri

Kathy-Ann Cadogan

Production Team



Assistant Director

Technical Director

Set Designer

Stage Manager

Lighting Designer

Assistant Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Sound Board Ops 

Costume Designer

Makeup Designer

Makeup Assistant

Props Manager

Props Designer

House Manager

Publicity Coordinator

Graphic Design

Stage Crew

Santiago Rivas

Jess Viator

Micah Pflaum

Katie Carroll

Meg Boeni

Xuan Li Leong

David Silber

Chloe Trepanier

Daniel "Rourkie" O'Rourke

Alyssa Napier

Samantha Amodeo

Jeanne Callinan

Sol Kokkinogenis

Audra Congress

Lilian Taylor

Jacob Sommer

Emily Osterloh

Gilly Rosenthol

Audra Congress

Lilian Taylor