november, 2017

30nov - 17decAll DayMr Burns: A Post-Electric Play


Event Details

A Baltimore Premiere Production:
MR. BURNS: A Post Electric Play
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Lance Bankerd
Nov. 30 – Dec. 17, 2017
Opening Thursday, November 30 at 8pm
Fridays – Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 4pm
Industry Night: Monday, December 11 at 8pm

“The Fallout Shelter” at United Evangelical Church
923 S. East Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224
Tickets $20, or $15 for Students and Seniors

Cohesion Theatre Company is proud to announce the second production of their 2017/18 theatrical season, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, an exploration of survival, memory, and storytelling set it a nuclear wasteland of the future. Lance Bankerd will direct this inventive and extraordinary piece. The New York Times said “Anne Washburn’s downright brilliant Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play has arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas…. It has depths of feeling to match its breadth of imagination.”

“We travel in three acts from a few days from now, to seven years into the post electric world, and finally the year 2099 when our culture has informed a ritual opera experience based on The Simpsons episode, ‘Cape Feare’,” director Lance Bankerd explains. The “Fallout Shelter” at United Evangelical Church, which has served as the home for Cohesion productions since 2016, will be transformed into Earth in the very near future. Then 7 years after that. Then 75 years after that, as the play moves through it’s three acts. Audiences will be challenged to change their perspective — literally — as the performance moves through time and space within the theater itself. Over the course of the play’s three acts and three-quarters of a century time span, casual storytelling evolves into theater, theater evolves into ritual, and one Simpsons episode evolves into a myth and legend for a post-apocalyptic world.

Mr. Burns explores the roles of memory, storytelling, and pop culture in a dystopic future where the mass failure of nuclear power plants has left humanity in the dark. Stories the survivors tell by the fireside are no longer tales of survival and struggle, but memories of television programs from yesterday that serve as distraction from their desperate state. Over time we see those simple retellings form into the artistic expression and community building structure of a society climbing out of the rubble, with a certain cartoon family taking center stage. Author Anne Washburn explains in her introduction for the play that for years she had wondered, “What would happen to a pop culture narrative pushed past the fall of civilization.”

“We really love this piece,” says Cohesion Artistic Producer, Brad Norris. “As an expression of our Season 4 theme: E Pluribus Unum, it is an exciting look at what forms the core of our storytelling nature as people. How we cope, and how we rebuild, and how we come together in the face of disaster and heartbreak. But also how pop culture and simple shared experiences can leave an impression on us that is powerful and that can ultimately be transformative and connective.”

Hannah Fogler – Jenny
Nicholas Miles – Quincy
Meghan Stanton – Maria
Matt Casella – Gibson
Chara B Bauer – Colleen
Jonathan Jacobs – Matt
Christine Wells – Sam
Kate Hughes – Mrs. Krabapel

Production Team:
Lance Bankerd – Director
Heiko Spieker – Stage Manager
Mandee Ferrier-Roberts – Music Consultant
Daniel Weissglass – Lighting Designer
Jessica Rassp – Set Designer
Deana Brill – Costume Designer
Haley Horton – Scenic Charge


November 30 (Thursday) - December 17 (Sunday)


The Fallout Shelter at United Evangelical Church

923 South East Avenue, Baltimore Maryland 21224