The new play by Anne Washburn, with music by Obie Award winner Michael Friedman (Saved, The Drunken City, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), will officially open Sept. 15. The engagement will play through Oct. 6.
Directed by Obie Award winner Steve Cosson (Gone Missing, This Beautiful City, founding artistic director of The Civilians), the cast will feature Obie Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Far From Heaven, In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Ruined), Gibson Frazier (There Are No More Big Secrets, Orlando, God's Ear, The Internationalist), Susannah Flood (Tribes, As You Like It, A Civil War Christmas), two-time Obie Award winner Matthew Maher (The Flick, The World Over, Uncle Vanya, Golden Child, School for Lies, You Better Sit Down), two-time Audelco nominee Nedra McClyde (Headstrong, Miss Evers' Boys), Civilians founding member Jennifer R. Morris (Gone Missing, The Ladies, Canard Canard Goose?, You Better Sit Down), Colleen Werthmann (Miss Witherspoon, Recent Tragic Events, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Gone Missing) and Sam Breslin Wright (Macbeth, Paris Commune, 365 Plays/365 Days, God's Ear).
"What will endure when the cataclysm arrives — when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuilding?" press notes ask. "Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. A paean to live theater, and to 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."
The production features scenic design by two-time Obie Award winner Neil Patel, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Ken Travis. Production stage manager is Kyle Gates.
Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play will participate in LIVEforFIVE, a ticketing initiative created as part of Playwrights Horizons' Arts Access program that makes $5 tickets available for the first preview performance of each Playwrights Horizons production through a lottery via the company's website. The LIVEforFIVE lottery for Mr. Burns will be for tickets to the 8 PM performance Aug. 23. The theatre company will offer HOTtix, $25 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before showtime to patrons aged 30 and under.
For ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, noon to 8 PM daily, or purchase online at TicketCentral.com. More information can be found at playwrightshorizons.org.