Mr. Burns, A Post-Apocalyptic Play defies easy categorization:
It is a part post-apocalyptic thriller, part morality play, part dark comedy, part musical/light opera. It traces the re-emergence of culture following a mysterious cataclysmic event that has eliminated the vast majority of Earth’s population. And, OH, it is also a smash up of several episodes of The Simpsons, a cult favorite films (especially the 1991 crime thriller Cape Fear) and the music of Eminem, Gaga, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Gilbert and Sullivan… to name a few. Yup. That’s what it is: A wild, wild, startling and ingeniously funny ride.
This play requires us to think about the most fundamental, universal human questions. What does it mean to build community? What is the utility of art and entertainment? How does one answer the age-old existential quandary: what does all of this thing we call “the life experience” mean? Our diverse cast, by their individual identities, creates a lens through which we begin to examine the possibilities of how civilization could shift if we start with the simple proposal that “we’re people first.” I think all of these questions are the essential stuff around which we build a collective identity. And I think we need to be working towards that collective. We’re a civilization in pain. We need to help each other out. This play might point towards some ideas about how to do that. It also serves as a very elegant model of how the artistic process works and how the collective unconscious processes the life experience. It’s simple and indefinable complex. Just like life!
Written by Anne Washburn.
Score by Michael Friedman.
Lyrics by Anne Washburn.
Directed by Matthew Wright.
February 11 – March 5
(no show February 15)
Gordon Square Theatre
A post-apocalyptic tale of survival, passion, and… the enduring power of Bart Simpson. Across a devastated landscape, gangs of survivors band together to keep the pilot light of civilization burning, exchanging memories for currency as society rebuilds itself one Simpsons episode at a time. Regional Premiere.
All Thu/Mon tickets $12.
Preview tickets (Fri/Sat) $20.
The Creative Production Team:
Directed by Matthew Wright
Music Direction by Brad Wyner
Choreography by Holly Handman
Fight Choreography by Josh Brown and Kelly Elliot
Scenic and Lighting Design by Wes Calkin
Costume Design by Inda Blatch-Geib
Sound Design by Cyrus Taylor
Props Designed by Douglas Puskas
Stage Management by Amanda Lin Boyd
Tiffany Ames, Megan Elk, Trey Gilpin, Tim Keo, Cathleen O’Malley,
Nicole Sumlin*, Evan Thompson and Beth Wood
*Actor appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Show and ticket info:
Mr. Burns performances are February 11 – March 5 at 7:30 pm on Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon, in CPT’s Gordon Square Theatre. (No show February 15.)
General Admission tickets are $12 – $30.
All Mondays / Thursdays $12. Fridays / Saturdays $30. Previews (February 12 & 13) $20.
For tickets and show information, call the CPT Box Office at 216-631-2727 x501 or visit www.cptonline.org.
FREE BEER FRIDAY is every Friday at CPT. Audience members are invited to mingle with artists after the show and enjoy a drink on CPT!
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