Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future.
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.
A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.
WINNER - 2015 Whiting Award
NOMINEE - 2014 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off- Broadway Play
Anne Washburn is the recipient of the 2015 Whiting Award for Drama
- Gun Shots
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, The Future
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: This play is set in the very near future. Then 7 years after that. The 75 years after that.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: Pop/Rock
- Vocal Demands: Easy
- Chorus Size: Small
MATT - Homer/Scratchy
JENNY - Marge/Marge
SUSANNAH - Lisa & Second FBI Agent/Itchy
SAM - Bart/Mr. Burns
COLLEEN - First FBI Agent/Lisa
GIBSON - Loving Husband & Sideshow Bob/Homer
QUINCY - Businesswoman/Bart
NEDRA - Edna Krabappel
Everyone participates in the second act medley, and everyone spare sings chorally in the third act -- with Nedra (playing Edna Krabappel) as the Chorus Leader.
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Room for Extras
It should be noted that the characters in this play bear at best a passing and in many cases no resemblance whatsoever to the actors initially involved in the project!