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A dark comedy by Anne Washburn
Department of Theatre & Drama
February 16-19 • Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Imagine waking up to a world devoid of electricity – everything wiped out, with no backup in sight. That’s just the case for a group of nuclear-catastrophe survivors gathered around a campfire attempting, for comfort and distraction, to recall an episode ofThe Simpsons, “Cape Feare.” Seven years on, with the grid still down, these recollections have become a booming theatrical business; transient theatrical troupes compete to dramatize retellings of TV shows, complete with commercials, in an effort to entertain and survive. As decades pass, will these stories from popular culture evolve into legendary new classics?
“When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? Well get ready to reel…Anne Washburn’s downright brilliantMr Burns, A Post-Electric Playhas arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas” Ben Brantley,New York Times. Intrigued by the question of what happens to common culture after the death of civilization, playwright Anne Washburn gathered a group of artists in 2008 to retell a story simply by collective memory. These sessions formed the foundation for Mr. Burns, which premiered at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in 2012. “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 (New York Times).” Join us for a fascinating journey into the end of the world.
graphic design by David Zinn
|Music Director||Alexander Bonoff|
|Scenic Designer||Caleb Levengood|
|Costume Designer||Jasper Richter|
|Lighting Designer||Abbey Kojima|
|Sound Designers||Lena Sutter, Ben Zang|
|Stage Manager||Jenny Barretto|
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