Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

<i>Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play</i>

Photo courtesy of Obsidian Theater


Past Event
$20 to $30

Location Info:

Obsidian Art Space
3522 White Oak Dr.
Houston, TX  77007
The time is now, or just a bit beyond. An apocalyptic pandemic has claimed many lives. As a means of entertaining themselves, a small group of survivors — still trying to figure out where “safe” is — begins recalling an episode of The Simpsons called “Cape Feare.” The first act of Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play is a straight play with a straightforward story to tell, says Obsidian Theater’s Tom Stell, who will be directing his company’s production of the 2012 work by playwright Anne Washburn. Act 2 morphs into something else; it’s seven years later and the survivors have become a musical theater troupe, acting out works from the beloved animated series. “The third act is set 75 years in the future. The Simpsons have become like Shakespeare. They’re not really the Simpsons anymore,” Stell says. If that sounds all a bit too weird for you, know that Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the play “downright brilliant.”

8 p.m. Thursday. Continuing 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. November 12 and 8 p.m. November 6 (Industry Night). October 26 through November 18. Obsidian Theater, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 832-889-7837 or visit $20 to $30.

[Organizer's Description:]

How does "The Simpsons" become almost a religion, 75 years after a global catastrophe? Obsidian Theater answers that question, October 26 - November 18 with Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play. In this dark comedy, a group of survivors try to recount an episode of The Simpsons, after a global catastrophe. Fast forward seven years and this same group is performing Simpsons' episodes, complete with commercials. Seventy-five years later and The Simpsons is a now familiar myth that has become almost religion-like. Nominated for the Drama League Award of an Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play is a dizzying journey through a post-apocalyptic world.

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