Mr. Burns, a Post-electric Play

Play

Writers: Anne Washburn

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
2012
Genres
Dark Comedy
Settings
Contemporary, Fantasy/Imaginary, Multiple Settings, Spectacle
Time & Place
post-apocalypse, united states, apocalypse, end of the world
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
None
Dancing
Musical Staging
Licensor
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, young adult characters

Synopsis

What happens to pop culture after the fall of human civilization? What about 7 years after the fall? Or even 75 years? Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, endeavors to find out. When nuclear power plants across the country begin to “go up,” a small group of survivors gather in the woods and begin to recount an episode of The Simpsons. Over the course of the play’s three acts and three-quarters of a century timespan, casual storytelling evolves into theater, theater evolves into ritual, and one Simpsons episode evolves into a myth and legend for a post-apocalyptic world.

Lead Characters