Playwrights Horizons Closes MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY Today
Playwrights Horizons presents its New York premiere production of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, a new play by Anne Washburn, with music by Obie Award winner Michael Friedman. Directed by Steve Cosson, the Obie Award-winning Artistic Director of The Civilians, Mr. Burns is being presented as the first production of Playwrights Horizons' 2013/2014 Season.
Originally set to play a limited engagement through Sunday, October 6, Mr. Burns was extended two weeks to today, October 20 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The production began previews Friday, August 23 and had its official opening on Sunday, September 15.
The cast features Obie Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Gibson Frazier, Susannah Flood, two-time Obie Award winner Matthew Maher, two-time Audelco nominee Nedra McClyde, Jennifer R. Morris, Colleen Werthmann and Sam Breslin Wright.
What will endure when the cataclysm arrives - when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuilding? 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. Choreography is by Sam Pinkleton and Music Director is Mike Brun. Mask and wig design is by Sam Hill, special effects are by Jeremy Chernick and fight director is J. David Brimmer. Production Stage Manager is Kyle Gates.
Mr. Burns had its World Premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) in May 2013.
Anne Washburn's (Playwright) plays include The Internationalist, A Devil at Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Ladies,The Small and a trans-adaptation of Euripides' Orestes. Her work has been produced by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, London's Gate Theatre, Soho Rep, Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, Vineyard Theatre and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and an Artslink travel grant to Hungary to work with the playwright Peter Karpati. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P. Currently commissioned by MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep and Yale Rep.