MR. BURNS, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY
by Anne Washburn
Directed by Michael Stevenson
September 2 – October 4, 2015
What will endure when the cataclysm arrives, when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward to a post-apocalyptic world, where a group of strangers bond by recreating the infamous “Cape Feare” episode ofThe Simpsons. From this fortuitous meeting, distant memories of “Marge” and “Homer” become the basis for shaping a new society as the play travels decades into the future. MR. BURNS… is both a marvelous meta-tribute to the iconic first-family of contemporary pop-culture, and a celebration of the power of generational storytelling.
“Downright Brilliant. When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? … Anne Washburn’s ‘Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play’ [will] leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas. With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself, and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.”
- The New York Times