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The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons

by Rachel Teagle

directed by Jess Viator

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.


Reservations are now open for auditions, Monday December 4 and Tuesday December 5 with callbacks (if necessary) on Thursday December 7. Auditions are by reservation only. See our Auditions page for more information and to sign up for a time slot!


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 will be required.

Friday, March 22, 2024 at 8pm

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


The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons will be 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.



Production Team



Assistant Director

Technical Director

Set Designer

Stage Manager

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Costume Designer


House Manager

Assistant House Manager

Publicity Coordinator

Santiago Rivas

Jess Viator

Micah Pflaum

Katie Carroll

Meg Boeni

Xuan Li Leong

David Silber

Daniel O'Rourke

Tara Christian

Audra Congress

Jacob Sommer

Eva Sommer

Emily Osterloh

If you are interested in joining the Production Team, or being a House Volunteer, please email us!