Photos by Joan Marcus, taken at Playwrights Horizons
Pictured: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Susannah Flood, Gibson Frazier, Matthew Maher, Nedra McClyde, Jennifer R. Morris, Colleen Werthmann, Sam Breslin Wright

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.

Written by Anne Washburn
Music by Michael Friedman
Directed by Steve Cosson

MR. BURNS was originally commissioned by The Civilians

New York Premiere

August 23 - October 6, 2013
Produced by Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd Street
Tickets on sale now!

"As inexhaustibly original as the animated series that inspired it, the kookily brilliant “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” is the sort of once-in-a-blue-moon show that stays stuck in your brain long after it has chilled you to the bone."
- The Washington Post

Check out our Mr. Burns podcast episode that features interviews with the artist and some of Michael Friedman's new post-apocalyptic pop score: Mr. Burns Podcast Episode. And we hope you'll subscribe for free on iTunes HERE!

Check out the show's fantastic feature in the New York Times HERE!

Take a look at Woolly Mammoth's trailer for the show:

Join the conversation! On Twitter, use #WoollyBurns, or keep an eye on Woolly Mammoth's blog HERE or our blog HERE for updates about the show, more info about the creative process, and more!


Written by:
Anne Washburn

Directed by:
Steve Cosson

Music by:
Michael Friedman

Playwrights Horizon's New York Premiere production, August 23 - October 6, 2013:

Quincy Tyler Bernstine
Susannah Flood
Gibson Frazier
Matthew Maher
Nedra McClyde
Jennifer R. Morris
Colleen Werthmann
Sam Breslin Wright

Director: Steve Cosson
Scenic Design: Neil Patel
Costume Design: Emily Rebholz
Lighting Design: Justin Townsend
Sound Design: Ken Travis
Music Director: Mike Brun
Production Stage Manager: Kyle Gates


The New York Premiere of Mr. Burns will be produced by Playwrights Horizons.

August 23 - October 6, 2013
416 West 42nd Street
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, July 24
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Mr. Burns, following a workshop at Seattle Repertory Theatre in July, 2011, received its world premiere production at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C. May 28-July 12, 2012.



  • NEW YORK TIMES: "downright brilliant... passionately sincere... so smart it makes your head spin..."
  • TIMEOUT NY: "hypnotic... sly and fiendishly insinuating..."
  • Washington Post: "inexhaustibly original... kookily brilliant... witty, bizarre..."
  • DC Metro Theatre Arts: "4.5 Stars of 5"
  • Washingtonian: "Mr. Burns thoughtfully explores the primal human need for entertainment"

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