Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

by Anne Washburn

April 7th - 24th, 2016

Wisconsin Premiere

Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray


In a not-so-distant future where the grid has failed, society has crumbled, and memories can no longer be stored on hard drives, a group of survivors bands together to recreate their vanished world through theater, music, and remnants of popular culture. Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy takes us on a post-apocalyptic thrill ride to a time when memory is the new currency, and theater is the new social media. Whether you've never seen The Simpsons or you know every episode by heart, you'll enjoy this animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era evolves into the mythology of another.


Elyse Edelman, Marti Gobel, Jennifer Hedstrom, Michael Herold*, Georgina McKee*, Jake Penner*, Rana Roman and Marcus Truschinski

*Forward Theater Advisory Company Member


Say your prayers, Simpsons: 'Mr. Burns' depicts a blazing future
- Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Post-apocalyptic stunner
- Laura Jones, Isthmus

Theater review: Everything's terrible, tell me a story: After the apocalypse, 'Mr. Burns' rebuilds
- Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times

Mr. Burns, a Post-Confusion Review
- Hannah Nies, Prose Before Hoes blog

The Apocalypse & Homer Simpson


If you're about to see MR. BURNS, you've come to the right place.


Excellent: Playwright Anne Washburn Talks Mr. Burns

A Beginner's Guide to The Simpsons by FTC Dramaturg Shannon Heibler


'Mr. Burns' And Friends, Surviving Long Past The End Times - NPR


Want to watch the Cape Feare episode of The Simpsons before you see the play?WATCH CAPE FEARE

Forward Theater 'Mr. Burns' Preview With Cast and Director

Interview With Playwright Anne Washburn