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York College Theatre to present ‘Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play’ from March 22 - 25

February 24, 2017
Mr Burns
From Left to Right: Grace Ramsay '18, Tiffany Flaharty '19, Shaiquana Bailey '18, Kurt Eckenrode '20, Craig Babineaux '19, and Nolan Benner '17

York College’s Theatre Division will present the first show of its Spring 2017 semester, “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” at 7:30 p.m., March 22-25, in the Waldner Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free and can be reserved at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/968518 or by calling the box office at 717-600-3868.

As part of its cartoon-inspired 2016-2017 season, York College is bringing “The Simpsons” from the screen to the stage under the direction of Prof. Suzanne Delle. This new play by Anne Washburn explores how a digital society would cope with a post-apocalyptic, post-electric world. In the show, a group of strangers find comfort and common ground over their mutual love of “The Simpsons.” Over the course of the night, the audience will follow this new society more than 80 years into the future -- from piecing their memories of episodes together, to staged versions including commercials, to a full musical adaptation of the episode -- all the while discovering how memories slowly shift without technology as a guide.

The play specifically follows the “Cape Feare” episode of “The Simpsons,” which originally aired in 1993 and continues to top fan favorites lists. A parody of the Robert DeNiro movie “Cape Fear,” the episode follows Sideshow Bob’s plan to kill Bart Simpson after Sideshow Bob is paroled from prison. The show features all the favorite Simpsons characters, including Homer (Charlie Roberts ’19), Marge (Shaiquanna Bailey ‘18), Bart (Tiffany Flaharty ‘19), Lisa (Grace Ramsay ‘18), Sideshow Bob (Nolan Benner ‘17), and a whole chorus of Springfield regulars.

“Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” premiered in May 2012 in Washington, D.C., and quickly moved to New York City, where it was nominated for a 2014 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. In his review for “Vulture,” Scott Brown called the show “equal parts Brecht and Bart, Homer and the other Homer. ‘Mr. Burns’ isn’t really about the future at all, but the past that won’t let us go.”