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Reno, NV
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A Mythically Sly & Bracing Dark Comedy

Written by Anne Washburn
Directed by Mary Bennett & Cami Thompson
Musical Director  Cami Thompson      Choreographer  La Ronda Etheridge

JUNE 3, 4, 8A, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25 @ 8 PM
MATINEE - JUNE 12  @ 2 PM   2016
Produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French.

Reno, NV.   Brüka Theatre Presents  Mr. Burns, A Post - Electric Play.  Anne Washburn wrote this dramatic dark comedy musical after exploring what it would be like "to take a TV show and push it past the apocalypse and see what happened to it" and while she originally considered Friends, Cheers, and M*A*S*H, she ultimately settled on The Simpsons. Washburn held a workshop for a week in a bank vault beneath Wall Street, which was being used as a shared rehearsal space in 2008.  Mr. Burns played in NYC until October of 2013.  This is the northern Nevada premiere presentation of Mr. Burns.  Mr. Burns opens June 3 and plays through June 25, 2016.  Wednesday  Saturday shows begin at 8 PM.  The Sunday, June 12 matinee begins at 2 PM and is followed by a talkback with the company.  

THE PLOT - Shortly after an unspecified apocalyptic event, a group of survivors gather together and begin to attempt to recount the episode "Cape Feare" of the television show The Simpsons. The second act picks up with the same group seven years later, who have now formed a theatrical troupe that specializes in performing Simpsons episodes, with commercials and all. The final act is set 75 years in the future. The same episode of The Simpsons, now a familiar mythos, has been reworked into a musical pageant, with the story, characters, and morals repurposed to fit the artistic and dramatic needs of a culture still reeling from destruction of civilization and the near-extinction of humanity decades earlier.

REVIEWS -  "Anne Washburns hypnotic, sly and fiendishly insinuating Mr. Burns, A Post - Electric Play...does the improbable: It makes the end of civilization seem like the perfect time to create glowing objects of wonder and beauty." - David Cote, Time Out New York
Mr. Burns, A Post - Electric Play opens Friday June 3, 2016 with a post-show opening night champagne reception and appetizers from the Wild River Grille. The show runs weekly with shows Wednesdays through Sundays. Evening shows begin at 8:00 pm and one Sunday matinee on June 12 at 2:00 PM.  The matinee is followed by a talkback with the company.  The doors open a half an hour before curtain time. (Artist night is Wednesday June 8th at 8 PM  ALL TICKETS are $10.)  Suggested for ages 14 and up.

Reservations are available through our box office at (775) 323-3221. Individual tickets are $22 for general $20 for students, seniors and military and all tickets are $25 at the door. Reservations are also available at the Melting Pot World Emporium @ their new location: 1047 S. Virginia Street, Reno. We validate convenient parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra Street.  Check us out at  Season Tickets and Gift Certificates are on sale now. Tickets available online at

ABOUT BRÜKA THEATRE In its 23rd season in downtown Reno, Brüka has been named Best Theatre Company by The News and Review eighteen years running.  Brüka Theatre is a leader in the region, recognized for its productions, artists and theatre for children series since its founding in 1992. Central to Brüka is the commitment to the reinvestigation of contemporary and classic plays and developing new plays within Brükas Artistic Collective, which include winners of the Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation artist grants and 9 local best actor honors.  Brüka is a non-equity and not-for-profit TCG theater, a small professional company that has produced over 100 shows in our downtown Reno location. Sign up for our email newsletter by going to our website at

Washburn graduated from Reed College and earned an M.F.A. New York University. Her plays have been produced in New York City and regionally.  Her 2012 play Mr. Burns, a Post - Electric Play received a Drama League Award nomination for Outstanding Production and was praised by the New York Times as "downright brilliant."  Her play A Devil at Noon was featured at the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays and the play Sleep Rock Thy Brain was featured at the 2013 Festival.  Washburn is a member of 13P, an associated artist with The Civilians and New Georges, and an alumna of New Dramatists.  Her work has been published in American Theatre magazine.


Bruka Theatre (View)
99 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89501
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Choral
Music > Experimental
Other > Political

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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