Lightning Jar Theatre presents Mr Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn

Published by: fortyfivedownstairs | 23-Jan-2019
With a twist of an apocalypse, a touch of The Simpsons and a turn of contemporary events, Lightning Jar Theatre presents the Melbourne premiere of the award-winning Mr. Burns, a post-electric play opening at fortyfivedownstairs in February.
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs
Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Date: 15 February - 10 March 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Ticket: $30 - $40
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Exploring themes of technology, pop culture and survival in an unknown world, Anne Washburn's darkly comic and thought-provoking work is astonishing and disturbing in equal measure.

Directed by John Kachoyan with music direction by Andrew Patterson, Mr. Burns is a compelling examination of how the stories we tell make us the people we are.

In the aftermath of an untold apocalyptic event, a group of strangers huddle around a makeshift campfire, distracting themselves by piecing together a half-forgotten episode of their favourite show, The Simpsons. We then track 7 years, then 75 years into the future to see the story evolve into something with an altogether different meaning for its audience.

How does pop culture survive in a world without electricity?

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play is Lightning Jar Theatre's third production following on from the success of the lively production Stupic F*cking Bird (2017) and the erotic drama Venus in Fur (2018).

The cast includes Jen Bush, Emma Choy, Hannah Greenwood, Tilly Legge, Victory Ndukwe, Ben Walter, Dylan Watson and Mark Yeates. Set and costume design by Sophie Woodward, sound design by Russell Goldsmith, lighting design by Richard Vabre and Ben Walter as Assistant Director.

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French INC.

'I came out on a high, stimulated by the thesis"¦ and, not least, by Washburn's cockeyed optimism.' - Sydney Morning Herald.

'When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? "¦ 'Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play' has arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas.'- New York Times.

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