Wild Animals You Should Know -Director and Playwright

Wild Animals You Should Know – Director Trip Cullman and Playwright Thomas Higgins

by Thomas Higgins


Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) and MCC Theater founding member Patrick Breen (The Normal Heart) round out the ensemble cast under the direction of Trip Cullman (A Small Fire, Bachelorette). Playwright Thomas Higgins makes his New York debut with this tale of ruin and redemption that takes a magnifying glass to the sometimes blurry line between predator and prey.

Thomas Higgins Playwright

Thomas Higgins is the author of many short plays, including the Blasphemy Tree (Naked angels Lab), the Family Dungeon (Columbia Arts Initiative), the Home Front (Columbia University Arts Initiative), and the Wild Life (Source Theatre in DC this summer). His first full-length play, This Modern House, was nominated for the 2007 Cherry Lane Mentor Project and the 2007 L. arnold Weissberger award at Williamstown. His second full-length play, the elephant Party, was nominated for the 2008 Cherry Lane Mentor Project. His third, the Home Maker, was just read at the Atlantic Theatre Company (Studio a) as part of the NUea NU Works Reading Series. He graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, where he was named a Walton Theatre Scholar and received the T. Stephen May Scriptwriting award twice. He just received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University on the Dean’s Fellowship.


The Story

Matthew and Jacob are an unlikely pair of friends. Matthew is a soccer star, full of brio and teenage swagger. Jacob is, well, not. Beneath the surface, though, the two are locked in an innocently erotic game of cat and mouse. When Matthew’s reluctant father, Walter, is wrangled by his wife Marsha into chaperoning the boys’ trip to a wilderness scout camp, he finds himself drawn into their adolescent game. But Matthew has secretly decided just how far he’s willing to go for his final act of scouting and everyone might do well to heed the scouts’ motto: Be Prepared.


Opening & Closing Dates Type & Version Theatre
Nov 04, 2011 – Dec 11, 2001 Original Play Lucille Lortel Theatre NYC


Cast 2011

John Behlmann – Rodney
Patrick Breen – Walter
Gideon Glick – Jacob
Jay Armstrong Johnson – Matthew
Alice Ripley – Marsha
Daniel Stewart Sherman – Larry


Creative 2011

MCC Theater – Producer
Blake West – Executive Director
William Cantler – Artistic Director
Robert LuPone – Artistic Director
Bernard Telsey – Artistic Director
Thomas Higgins – Playwright
David Mendizabal – Assistant Director
Andromache Chalfant – Set Designer
Jenny Mannis – Costume Designer
David Weiner – Lighting Designer
Fitz Patton – Sound Designer
Valerie Bert – Assistant Costume Designer
David Sexton – Assistant Lighting Designer
Joe Cantalupo – Projection Designer
Ted Rounsaville – General Manager
Kelly Glasow – Production Stage Manager
Rachel Motz – Stage Manager
B.D. White – Production Manager
Nicholas Warren Gray – Technical Director
Bill Grady – Sound Supervisor
Karin White – Prop Master



Mcc Theater 2011 – 2012 Season

Lortel Archives Off Broadway Database

Gideon Glick at TheatreGold Database