Photo Flash: First Look at A.C.T.'s MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY
After playing to sold-out audiences in New York, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), in a co-production with the Guthrie Theater, is thrilled to present the West Coast premiere of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (now through March 15, 2015). Press night forMr. Burns, a post electric play is Wednesday, February 25, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
In a post-apocalyptic Northern California, a group of strangers bond by recreating the infamous "Cape Feare" episode of The Simpsons. From this fortuitous meeting, distant memories of "Marge" and "Homer" become the basis for shaping a new society as the play travels decades into the future. An outrageous and enthusiastically acclaimed dark comedy by Bay Area-born playwright Anne Washburn, Mr. Burns is both a marvelous meta-tribute to the iconic first family of contemporary pop culture and a celebration of the power of generational storytelling.
Holder of 31 Emmys, a Peabody Award, and the record for the longest-running sitcom in television history (561 episodes and counting), The Simpsons is a cultural time capsule and a piercing look into the complexities of human nature. A masterful example in writing and animation that showcases the lasting impact of successful parody, "Cape Feare" was first aired in 1993 as the second episode of The Simpsons' fifth season. One of the most celebrated Simpsons episodes and consistently ranked as a top fan favorite, it premiered just two years after Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake of the original 1962 film Cape Fear. The Simpsons' unforgettable spoof spans the entire film while making additional references to classic horror movies such as Psycho and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and various television shows and musicals. To celebrate A.C.T.'s premiere of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, KBCW/44 Cable 12 is airing an entire week of fan-favorite episodes of The Simpsons beginning February 2 at 11:30 p.m. The classic "Cape Feare" episode that is at the heart of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play will air Friday, February 6 at 11:30 p.m. The Simpsons is broadcast locally every weeknight at 11:30 p.m. on KBCW/44 Cable 12.
The cast of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play includes Nick Gabriel, Anna Ishida, Charity Jones, Tracey A. Leigh, Jim Lichtscheidl, Kelsey Venter, Andrea Wallenberg, and Ryan Williams French.
Directed by A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director, Mark Rucker, the creative team for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play includes set design by Ralph Funicello, lighting design by Alex Nichols, costume design by Alex Jaeger, score byMichael Friedman, lyrics by Anne Washburn, music direction by David Möschler, and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier.
Tickets (ranging from $20-$120) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org.
Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
The company of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play rehearses 'Chart Hits' in post-apocalyptic Northern California. Bottom row: ChariTy Jones, TRACY A. LEIGH, Kelsey Venter; Top row: Ryan Williams FRENCH, Nick Gabriel, Anna Ishida, Jim Lichtscheidl.
Ryan Williams FRENCH prepares to rehearse 'Cape Feare' in post-apocalyptic Northern California
In post-apocalyptic Northern California 75 years in the future, ANDREA WOLLENBERG narrates the live performance of 'Cape Feare'