East Tennessee State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” April 19-22 in the Bud Frank Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday (April 19-21) and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.
As “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” opens, it is the end of everything in America. Civilization has collapsed. A future without power. Who will survive? In the post-apocalyptic world of Mr. Burns, a group of strangers bond while gathering around a campfire and recreating the plot of “The Simpsons” episode of “Cape Feare” entirely from memory.
The play travels into the future to examine how this and other forms of pop culture become the live entertainment of a society trying to hold on to its past.
Written by Anne Washburn, “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” played to sold-out audiences in New York City and was hailed by the New York Times as one of the top 10 plays of 2013.
The cast of ETSU students includes Ashton Bishop, Jonathan DeLozier, Gabriel Felty, Angel Thacker, Gracie Fulghum, Hannah Gossett, Zoë Hester, Izzy Hodgson, Kimberly Ireson, Rachel Lawson, Keith Maultbay, Tyler Mitchell, Drake Parrott, Braylee Polson, Katie Rowe, Keeper Spencer, Ryan Stapleton, Kaleb Stone, Jalon Stubbs and Luke Walker as Mr. Burns.
ETSU faculty member Cara Harker is directing and choreographing “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” and is joined by Kate Patton as stage manager, Beth Skinner as costume designer, Melissa Shafer as lighting designer, Andrea Greer as hair/makeup designer, Zach Olsen as scenic designer/technical director, Seth O’Kegley as music director, Claire Johnston as costume design assistant, Andrea Marshall as costume technician and wardrobe supervisor, Matt Edwards as assistant stage manager and Alex Brown, Eulalah Prater and Hunter Thomas as costume design assistants.
Members of the technical crew include Charles Clark as lighting technician, Caroline Denning, Madisen Evens and Bailey Walters as wardrobe assistants, Vianna Isbister as audio technician, and Caleb Harrison, Alex Hennage and Collin Thomas as production assistants.
Tickets are $5 for students, faculty and staff (with ID) and youth, $10 for general admission, and can be purchased at www.etsu.edu/theatre or by calling 423-439-6524.