City Theatre Returns With Remount of Mr. Burns
Sacramento, CA – September 15, 2021 – City Theatre at Sacramento City College remounts Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, the play that closed shortly after opening in March 2020 due the pandemic. This imaginative dark comedy by Anne Washburn asks what will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? The play features music composed by Michael Friedman. Mr. Burns will be directed by Christine Nicholson with musical direction by Jonathan Blum. The production will be performed live by the actors at Sacramento City College and presented online in real-time for the audience. The production opens Thursday, September 30, and plays through Sunday, October 10. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $15 General Admission and $10 for students. All details and tickets are available online at CityTheatre.net
Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following 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 Simpsons episode “Cape Feare” entirely from memory (Act 1). 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 (Act 2). 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created (Act 3). A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play received its world premiere at the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington DC in May 2012 and had its New York City debut at Playwrights Horizons in August 2013 under the direction of Steve Cosson.
THE PLAYWRIGHT AND LYRACIST
Anne Washburn’s play’s include Mr. Burns, 10 out of 12, Antlia Pneumatica, A Devil At Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Ladies, The Internationalist, The Small, Little Bunny Foo Foo, and transadaptations of Euripides’ Orestes and Iphigenia In Aulis. Awards include a Whiting Award, a PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Theater Award, an Alpert Award, the Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Chochiqq, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P.
John Friedman (1975–2017) was an American composer and lyricist. He was a founding associate artist of The Civilians. He received a 2007 Obie award for sustained excellence. His musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opened on Broadway in October 2010. Besides Mr. Burns, Friedman wrote music and lyrics for Saved, In the Bubble, The Brand New Kid, God’s Ear, The Blue Demon and This Beautiful City. His music has also been heard at the New York Shakespeare Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage, Soho Repertory Theater, Signature Theatre, Theater for a New Audience, and The Acting Company. Regionally, his work has been featured at Hartford Stage, The Humana Festival of New American Plays, ART, Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Center Stage, and internationally at London’s Soho and Gate Theatres and the Edinburgh Festival. Friedman died on September 9, 2017, aged 41, from complications related to HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play will be directed by Christine Nicholson (Much Ado About Nothing; Carrie, the Musical), with musical direction by Jonathan Blum and choreography by Shannon Mahoney. The cast will feature Martha Kight, Clare Murphy, Sarah Palmero, Jonathan Plon, Kathleen Poe, and Earl Victorine. The design team will include Kristen Anderson (media/streaming), Shawn Weinsheink (scenic design), Nicole Sivell (costume design), Stephen Jones (lighting design), and Alejandro Barrera (sound design).
ABOUT CITY THEATRE
City Theatre is the performing arts program at Sacramento City College, part of the Los Rios Community College District, in Sacramento, California. City Theatre’s season consists of four Mainstage productions, and in non-pandemic years two Storytime children’s productions, and the elementary school touring troupe known as The Pennywhistle Players. During the summer, City Theatre produces the annual Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. The company welcomes all members of the community to audition and participate in their award-winning productions.
City Theatre presents Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
By Anne Washburn
Music Composed by Michael Friedman
Directed by Christine Nicolson
All performances live streaming in real-time online.
September 30-October 10, 2021
Opening Night: Thursday, September 30 at 7:30 pm
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm
Ticket pricing: $15-$10
Online Box Office: Closes 15 minutes before each performance
Playwright: Anne Washburn
Composer: Michael Friedman
Director: Christine Nicholson
Musical Director: Jonathan Blum
Cast: Sonny Alforque, Mariah Coburn, Yadira Diaz, Martha Kight, Joseph Kowalski, Clare Murphy, Ted Muhlhauser, Sarah Palmero, Jonathan Plon, Kathleen Poe, Robin Sanchez, Racine Strong, Sarah Sy, Earl Victorine.
Media Director: Kristen Anderson
Choreographer: Shannon Mahoney
Scenic Design: Shawn Weinsheink
Costume Design: Nicole Sivell
Lighting Design: Stephen Jones
Sound Design: Alejandro Barrera
Stage Manager: Emmy Harmon
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