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Theatre Performance: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 8:00pm to Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8:00pm

Location: Longstreet Theatre

Show Times:

Friday, February 17, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 19, 8:00 pm
Monday, February 20, 8:00 pm
Tuesday, February 21, 8:00 pm
Wednesday, February 22, 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 23, 8:00 pm
Friday, February 24, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 25, 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 25, 8:00 pm

Tickets: Students: $12  |  USC Faculty/Staff, Military, Seniors (60+):  $16  |  General Public: $18

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 803-777-2551 or by visiting the Longstreet Theatre box office, which is open Monday-Friday, 12:30pm-5:30pm, beginning Friday, February 10.  Longstreet Theater is located at 1300 Greene St.

Anne Washburn’s critically acclaimed dark comedy, with a musical score by Michael Friedman, imagines how modern society rebuilds after enduring a major global cataclysm.  Starting in the present day, we’re introduced to a small band of survivors gathered around a campfire, trying to piece together an episode of the television show The Simpsons from memory.  Seven years later, those same survivors are staging traveling, theatrical versions of Simpsons episodes (including commercials) as part of a new, tribal economy.  Flash forward seventy-five more years, and we see that these recollections have progressed into the grand storytelling tradition of a new civilization.  A paean to live theater, and 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. 

The cast, featuring a mix of graduate and undergraduate actors, includes Jordan Beck, Kimberly Braun, Gabriela Castillo, Sarah Fabrizio, Ashley Graham, Ely Graham, Kelsie Hensley, Darrell Johnston, Freddie Powers, Corey Robinson, John Romanski, Brooke Smith, Cassidy Spencer, Donavon St. Andre, and Nicolas Stewart.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Theatre and Dance