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Photo Flash: MR. BURNS Opens Tonight at Playwrights Horizons


Playwrights Horizons presents the New York Premiere Production of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, a new play by Anne Washburn (The Internationalist), with music by Obie Award winner Michael Friedman (Saved at PH; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; the currentLoves' Labours Lost at Shakespeare in the Park), directed by Obie Award winner Steve Cosson (Gone Missing, This Beautiful City, founding Artistic Director of The Civilians). Mr. Burns will be presented as the first production of the theater company's 2013-2014 Season. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Mr. Burns opens tonight, September 15 at 7PM. The limited engagement will play through Sunday matinee, October 6 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

The cast features Obie Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine (the recent Far From Heaven at PH; In the Next Room... on Broadway; Ruined at MTC), Gibson Frazier (There Are No More Big Secrets, Orlando, God's Ear, The Internationalist Off-Broadway), Susannah Flood (Tribes Off-Broadway; As You Like It in Central Park; world premiere of A Civil War Christmas at Long Wharf), two-time Obie Award winner Matthew Maher (The Flick, The World Over at PH; Uncle Vanya, Golden Child, School for Lies, You Better Sit Down Off-Broadway), 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 Off-Broadway), Colleen Werthmann (Miss Witherspoon, Recent Tragic Events at PH; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Gone MissingOff-Broadway) and Sam Breslin Wright (Macbeth on Broadway, Paris Commune, 365 Plays/365 Days, God's Ear Off-Broadway).

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 includes 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. Choreographer is Sam Pinkleton, Music Director is Mike Brun and Special Effects are by Jeremy Chernick. Production Stage Manager is Kyle Gates. Mr. Burns had its World Premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) in May 2013.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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