The Mound Builders Essay

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In the following essay, Callens discusses Wilson's intent, his characters, and critical response to The Mound Builders.

The Mound Builders, was first produced by New York's Circle Repertory Company on February 2, 1975, under the guidance of Marshall W. Mason, Lanford Wilson's usual director. It could have been the simple story of how "The signing of an energy bill in Washington transforms rural areas into resorts." But important archeological discoveries determined it otherwise. In Wilson's play the decision to build the Blue Shoals Dam in Southern Illinois indeed interferes with the excavation of remnants from the Early Mississippian Culture. The ensuing complications are enough to expand a commonplace idea—based on the true though partial destruction of the historical site of Cahokia by encroaching civilization—into an exceptional play, given, of course, the help of a good playwright who has for the occasion sharpened his pen into an...

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