Mr Burns, a post-electric play | RETURN SEASON
2 May - 19 May
Lightning Jar Theatre presents
The RETURN SEASON of Mr Burns, a post-electric play
BY ANNE WASHBURN
SCORE BY MICHAEL FRIEDMAN
LYRICS BY ANNE WASHBURN
DIRECTED BY JOHN KACHOYAN
2 – 19 May 2019
‘Lightning Jar Theatre has established itself in a few short years as one of the more talented indie companies in Melbourne… an ensemble committed to giving life to a theatrical hybrid like nothing you’ve seen before.’ – The Age
2 – 19 May 2019
opening night: Thursday 2 May
duration: 140 minutes including interval:
Act 1 & 2 (90 minutes)
INTERVAL (20 minutes)
Act 3 (30 minutes)
Wednesday to Saturday 7:30pm
ticket price: $37 – $42
bookings: 03 9662 9966
warnings: contains coarse language, loud noises and haze
After a completely sold-out season, Lightning Jar Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play for those who missed out first time around.
In the aftermath of an untold apocalyptic event, a group of strangers huddle around a makeshift campfire, distracting themselves by piecing together a half-forgotten episode of their favourite show, The Simpsons. But will pop culture survive in a world without electricity?
Astonishing and disturbing in equal measure, Lightning Jar Theatre is proud to present the Melbourne premiere, directed by John Kachoyan with music direction by Andrew Patterson. Named by The New York Times as one of the 25 best American plays since Angels in America, Anne Washburn’s darkly comic work is a compelling examination of how the stories we tell make us the people we are.
‘The acting is engrossing and skilled, the staging is sophisticated and transporting, the tone — as set by director John Kachoyan — is perfectly judged: fraught but not overwrought…The best show in town.’ – The Australian
‘Mr Burns… is bravura theatre, starting sparse and quiet before metaphorphising into the sort of Wagnarian, total art “gesamtkunstwerk” that entertains and resonates long after leaving the venue.’ – Australian Arts Review
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH INC
Mr Burns is part of the 2019 VCE Drama playlist.
Student Group 6+: $32 with complimentary accompanying teacher for every 10 tickets purchased.
Education Notes Part A (designed to be read prior to attending the performance) can be downloaded here
Education Notes Part B (designed to be read after attending the performance) can be downloded here
Director: John Kachoyan
Musical Director: Andrew Patterson
Cast: Jen Bush, Emma Choy, Hannah Greenwood, Tilly Legge, Victory Ndukwe, Ben Walter, Dylan Watson and Mark Yeates.
Set & Costume Design: Sophie Woodward
Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre
Sound Design: Russell Goldsmith
Assistant Director: Ben Walter
Choreographer: Julia Grenda
Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members
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