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Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

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.



mr burns poster

graphic design by David Zinn

Artistic Staff


Director Daniel Cantor
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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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower