Theatre Tulsa’s final “Next Stage” production of its 95th season will be “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play.”
Anne Washburn’s new and imaginative dark comedy follows a new civilization stumbling into its future.
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of the “Cape Feare” episode of “The Simpsons” entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. Seventy-five years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play premiered in 2012 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and then ran for three additional months in 2013 at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. It was nominated for a 2014 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play.
“‘Mr. Burns’ is a sensational piece of theatre. It imagines how storytelling can evolve from folk or pop culture to become classical. It shows the true power of theatre to keep humanity’s flame alive. It also delivers a mind-blowing, live version of ‘The Simpsons’ that no will forget,” said Jarrod Kopp, Executive Director of Theatre Tulsa.
The cast features Emily Crowley, Kia Dorsey, Fletcher Gross, Cera Hawkins, Jesika Hawkins, Russell Herrera, Kaylan Hughes,Lenora Martin, Ella Phillips, Paulette Record, Natalia Rossi, Justin Tomlinson, Shannon Walsh, Conor Yob, with Ryan Devlin as Mr. Burns.
The production is directed by Jimmy Pike.
Performances will be May 4-13 in the Charles E. Norman Theatre of the Tulsa PAC. Evening showtimes on May 4-5 and 11-12 are at 8 p.m. The May 13 matinee will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at myticketoffice.com or by calling 918-596-7111.