Mr. Burns: Behind the Scenes

Playwright Anne Washburn & others share thoughts on "The Simpsons," workshops and theater in this behind-the-scenes look at "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play."


Anne Wasburn’s new play “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play” is currently receiving its world premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, DC. In the show, Armageddon has struck and the electric grid has gone down permanently. For one group of tenacious survivors, sitting around a fire and reminiscing about “The Simpsons” proves to be their greatest escape from despair. Almost all of the campfire chat in the show’s first act is from a Civilians workshop in 2008, in which a group of Associate Artists — led by Washburn and Steve Cosson — attempted to recreate the Cape Fear episode of “The Simpsons” from memory.

This podcast features some of the hilarious audio recorded during that workshop. Playwright Washburn also discusses the role of the workshop in her creative process, and Matt Maher — an actor in the original workshop who happens to be Simpsons savant — shares his favorite moments from the animated series. Finally, composer Michael Friedman plays an excerpt from the post-Apocalyptic score he wrote for “Mr. Burns.”

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