Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
September 8, 2016
The Department of Theatre Arts presents
MR. BURNS, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn.
Music by Michael Friedman, Lyrics by Anne Washburn
The production runs SEPTEMBER 22 – OCTOBER 2, 2016
Part thriller, part musical, Mr. Burns asks how the stories we tell make us the people we are.
In a near future where a cataclysmic series of nuclear disasters has left America without electricity, infrastructure, or mass communication, a small group of survivors huddles around a fire trying to remember the dialogue from a popular episode of The Simpsons. Seven years later they have become a theatre troupe, traveling the lawless, ravaged country to stage bits of The Simpsons in exchange for food and shelter. 75 years later still, the epic story of the nuclear disaster has become myth, enacting in musical theatre form the creation story of a new society and the dimly recalled saga of a revered hero named Bart.