A ‘Simpsons’ episode becomes mythic legend in a post apocalyptic world in TheatreLAB’s ‘Mr.Burns: A Post-Electric Play’
This weekend TheaterLAB will bring its biggest show yet to life. Mr.Burns: A Post-Electric Play opens this Friday, July 15th, at The Basement.
The play, written by Anne Washburn, first takes place a few months after the apocalypse has struck. With no other form of entertainment, a group of survivors sit around a campfire trying to remember an episode from popular television.
“In this instance they’re trying to collectively remember an episode of The Simpsons,” said Annie Colpitts, TheatreLab’s Managing Director. “Specifically the Cape Feare episode.”
A few years in the future, the same group of survivors form a traveling theater group and perform the same episode along with pre-apocalypse television commercials. In the last act, which takes place decades in the future, The Simpsons episode “Cape Feare” turns into a mythical high art performance with musical numbers and thrilling fight scenes.
“Mr.Burns in a lot of ways is about our need as humans to share stories,” said Deejay Gray, Artistic Director for TheaterLab “It’s very much about our need to connect and our need to celebrate life.”
Gray said TheatreLab decided to pick this piece as their summer performance because of it’s unusual plot. The play puts in a modern sense the same lesson about the history of storytelling learned in every history class. It explores the idea that modern stories we know today have been passed down through history all because of our primitive ancestors sitting around a campfire telling stories.
“From an academic sense, I think the play is very interesting because it moves through time and looks at how audiences have experienced theater since the beginning of our known history,” said Gray. “I think it does it in a very fun and smart way.”
Colpitts called the play a love letter the the history of theater. Mr.Burns hopes to be a tribute to live theater and the history of storytelling for past generations as well as those to come – find out for yourself when it opens this weekend.
Mr.Burns: A Post-Electric Play will run from July 15th to August 5th. Seating is limited and ticket prices ranged from $10-$30. The play will take place at TheatreLabs location, The Basement located at 300 East Broad Street. For more information and to buy tickets visit TheatreLABrva.org.
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