I saw an ad for this so I looked it up, I never expected it to be this weird..
A lot of the theatres wore different costumes
– Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (officially stylized Mr. Burns, a post-electric play) is an American dark comedy play written by Anne Washburn. Mr. Burns tells the story of a group of survivors recalling and retelling an episode of the TV show The Simpsons shortly after a global catastrophe, then examines the way the story has changed seven years after that, and finally, 75 years later.
– Shortly after a widespread catastrophic failure of all nuclear plants, a group of survivors gathers together and begins to attempt to recount the episode “Cape Feare” of the American television show The Simpsons. The second act is set seven years later, when the same group of survivors have formed a theatrical troupe that specializes in performing Simpsons episodes, with commercials and all. Act three is set a further 75 years in the future and features different characters portraying the Simpsons characters as societal archetypes; the show ends with a musical number.
– Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play was written by Anne Washburn. For a long time, she had been exploring what it would be like “to take a TV show and push it past the apocalypse and see what happened to it” and while she originally considered Friends, Cheers, and M*A*S*H, she ultimately settled on The Simpsons. Washburn held a workshop for a week in a bank vault beneath Wall Street which was being used as a shared rehearsal space in 2008 to see how much of any episode of The Simpsons the actors she had assembled, including Matthew Maher, Maria Dizzia, and Jennifer R. Morris, could remember. Maher knew The Simpsons well and the group decided on the 1993 episode “Cape Feare”, based on the 1991 film Cape Fear, itself a remake of an eponymous 1962 film which is based on the 1957 novel The Executioners. He helped Dizzia and Morris remember the episode, then the two of them went on to perform it for an audience without his help; Washburn subsequently utilized recordings of this process in writing her play’s first act.
– The play, a dark comedy, was directed by Steven Cosson who got confirmation from several lawyers that the play fell under the umbrella of fair use. In Time, Richard Zoglin characterized the reaction to the show as receiving “some rave reviews, a few equally passionate dissents and sellout crowds.” Ben Brantley of The New York Times compared Mr. Burns to Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th Century book The Decameron in which a group of Italian youths have fled the Black Death to a villa where they begin to exchange stories. “At the end of Steve Cosson’s vertiginous production, which opened on Sunday night at Playwrights Horizons, you’re likely to feel both exhausted and exhilarated from all the layers of time and thought you’ve traveled through”, wrote Brantley. Reviewing for Vulture, Scott Brown found “Cape Feare” to be “a perfect palimpsest” and commended the ending musical number as “equal parts Brecht and Bart, Homer and the other Homer”.**
******Here’s some interesting pictures I cam across while looking up the play******
**(made into collages to save room)*