Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play Will Make Midwest Premiere at Theater Wit

By Carey Purcell
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."

Originally commissioned by The Civilians, Mr. Burns played a sold-out run at Playwrights Horizons in New York.

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.