Meet Mr. Burns! Playwright Anne Washburn and Composer Michael Friedman in conversation with Adam Greenfield
The team behind this highly anticipated new production at Playwrights Horizons discuss their process, and what we can expect, from this play with music that mashes up The Simpsons, pop culture, and brain-rattling eschatology
About the Authors: Anne Washburn's plays include The Internationalist, A Devil at Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers,The Ladies, The Small and a transadaptation of Euripides' Orestes. Her work has been produced by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, London's Gate Theatre, NYC's Soho Rep, DC's Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, NYC's Vineyard and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and an Artslink travel grant to Hungary to work with the playwright Peter Karpati. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P. Currently commissioned by MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and Yale Rep.
Michael Friedman. At Playwrights Horizons: Saved, The Drunken City, Spatter Pattern. Michael wrote music and lyrics to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which recently played at The Public Theater and on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award, Lortel Award.) As an Associate Artist with the acclaimed theater company The Civilians, he has written music and lyrics for Canard Canard Goose, Gone Missing, Nobody's Lunch, This Beautiful City, In the Footprint, and The Great Immensity, and co-created the groups 2012 TED Talk. With Steve Cosson, he is the co-author of Paris Commune (BAM Next Wave Festival 2012). Upcoming: Love's Labours Lost with Alex Timbers for Shakespeare in the Park this summer, and an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude with Itamar Moses and Daniel Aukin, which will premiere at Dallas Theatre Center in 2013. He was the dramaturg for the recent Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun,and has been a MacDowell Fellow, a Princeton Hodder Fellow, a Meet The Composer Fellow, a Barrob Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute, and an artist-in-residence at Spring Workshop Hong Kong. His recent Tedx talk, "The Song Makes a Space," is available on YouTube. An evening of his songs was featured in Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, and he received an OBIE Award for sustained achievement. As of June 2013.
About the Play: Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
By Anne Washburn Music by Michael Friedman Directed by Steve Cosson Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater, August 23-Oct 6
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What will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuilding? Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. A paean to live theater, and to 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.
"Inexhaustibly original. The sort of once-in-a-blue-moon show that stays stuck in your brain long after it has chilled you to the bone." –Peter Marks, Washington Post
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