Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play Extends Engagement at Playwrights Horizons
By Carey Purcell
Anne Washburn's new work Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play has extended its run at Playwrights Horizons through Oct. 20.
The production officially opened Sept. 15 following previews that began Aug. 23. It had originally been scheduled to run though Oct. 6.
Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play features music by Obie Award winner Michael Friedman (Saved, The Drunken City, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).
Directed by Obie Award winner Steve Cosson (Gone Missing, This Beautiful City, founding artistic director of The Civilians), the cast features Obie Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Far From Heaven, In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Ruined), Gibson Frazier (There Are No More Big Secrets, Orlando, God's Ear, The Internationalist), Susannah Flood (Tribes, As You Like It, A Civil War Christmas), two-time Obie Award winner Matthew Maher (The Flick, The World Over, Uncle Vanya, Golden Child, School for Lies, You Better Sit Down), 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), Colleen Werthmann (Miss Witherspoon, Recent Tragic Events, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Gone Missing) and Sam Breslin Wright (Macbeth, Paris Commune, 365 Plays/365 Days, God's Ear).
"What will endure when the cataclysm arrives — when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuilding?" press notes ask. "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 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.
Playwrights Horizons is offering HOTtix, $25 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before show time to patrons aged 30 and under.
For ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, noon to 8 PM daily, or purchase online at TicketCentral.com.
More information can be found at playwrightshorizons.org.
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