Mammoth by Adam Burnett

ONCE WE’VE DESTROYED what we love, what seduces us to try and revive it back? Should love have anything to do with science? And what the hell is a that dragonfly doing in a glacier? Enveloped in a silent glacier, the smell of science, and a dying tundra, join a team of hunters and scientists as they try to revive a long-extinct animal right before your eyes. Leave (some) of your causality behind and come wonder and play in our paleo-fable of a world. MAMMOTH premiered at The Brick theatre in NYC in the Spring of 2015, following two productions at Highways Performance Space in LA and Tricklock Performances Space in Albuquerque.

This production of MAMMOTH will also feature a recyclable/compostable set, this aspect of the production is supported by UT Austin’s Green Fee office.


ADAM R. BURNETT is a playwright and theatre-maker. Adam’s surreal theatre work is grounded in the presence of the performer/spectator and the fleeting nature of shared space. His theatre is a space for transparency, transcendence, transgression and community.

Adam’s plays have been performed throughout the United States and in Lithuania – in festivals and main stage presentations. In New York his work has been presented at Ars Nova, ART/NY’s Gural Theatre, The Brick, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Duplex, Incubator Arts Project/Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The New Ohio, Performance Project @ University Settlement, and Vital Joint. Nationally his work has been presented at The Unicorn in Kansas City, the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, Las Vegas Little Theater in Las Vegas, and Tricklock Company in Albuquerque, among others.


A native of Guatemala City, KHRISTIÁN MÉNDEZ AGUIRRE has spent the past 9 years hopping over ponds and setting up shop in places as diverse as Rome, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; Bar Harbor, USA; and Mulshi Valley, India before making his way to the UT Austin campus. He earned a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. There, he produced and co-directed his translation of Alejandro Casona’s Prohibido Suicidarse en Primavera and a staged reading of his play The Floor is Yours. Méndez Aguirre has spent time hiking multiple National Parks around the US, at United Nations conferences as a lobbyist all over the globe, and doing physical theatre training with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA. 

Mammoth is his second production at UT, following a wildly successful run of Ariana Reines’ Telephone in October of 2017. Méndez Aguirre is a second-year MFA candidate in Performance as Public Practice at UT Austin’s department of Theatre and Dance. khristianmé


Taylor Courtney, BFA Theatre Studies
Shannon Homan, BA Theatre & Dance
Tanner Hudson, BFA Acting
Saige Larmer, BFA Acting
Mireya Luna, BA Theatre & Dance

Production Team

Board Operator: Jake Brinks, BA Theatre & Dance
Costume Design: Stephanie Fisher, MFA Costume Design
Scenic Design: Tucker Goodman, MFA Scenic Design
Direction: Khristián Méndez Aguirre, MFA Performance as Public Practice
Dramaturgy: Kristin Perkins, MA Performance as Public Practice
Lighting Design: Austin Shirley, MFA Lighting Design
Sound Design: Mike Vernusky, Professional Sound Designer
Projection Design: Mingxiang Ya, MFA Projection Design


Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Student Activity Center (SAC), 2.304 Black Box Theatre
2201 SPEEDWAY, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Arts & Humanities


College of Fine Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public



$5-10 suggested donation

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Felicia Marie Garcia-Hildenbrand

Felicia Marie Garcia-Hildenbrand left a positive review 2/22/2018

Mammoth was absolutely great! My husband and I both enjoyed it. The cast was wonderful and so were the costumes and set. I teared up during a couple of scenes.

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