Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play Will Make Midwest Premiere at Theater Wit
09 Apr 2014
The midwest premiere of the meta-apocalyptic comedy/drama/musical Mr. Burns, a post-electric play will be presented by Chicago's Theater Wit.
Performances of Anne Washburn's play about America rebuilding itself from the ashes of an apocalypse, the enduring power of Bart Simpson and the rediscovery of humanity will begin in January 2015.
The production will be directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler. Cast and crew will be announced at a later date.
"What are we left with when everything is taken away? After life as we know it has ended, small bands of survivors band together to keep the pilot light of civilization burning," press notes state. "Their path to redemption is as unexpected as it is inevitable. A paean to the power of 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, and a dazzling, panoramic vista on the power of storytelling."
Washburn's other plays include The Internationalist, A Devil at Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Ladies, The Small and a transadaptation of Euripides' Orestes.
Theater Wit is located at 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Call (773) 975-8150 or visit TheaterWit.org for more information.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.