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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention

 

Featuring Company Member Kimberly Gilbert with Chris Genebach, Amy McWilliams, Erika Rose, Steve Rosen, Jenna Sokolowski, and James Sugg

Appropriate for ages 14 and up. Running Time: 2hrs, 15min (1 intermission)

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About the Show

Armageddon has struck and the grid is down: no TV, no radio, no internet—how will life go on? For one group of tenacious survivors, sitting around a fire and reminiscing about The Simpsons proves to be the greatest escape from despair. Miraculously, from their collective memories, a new industry struggles to be born: a crude theatrical re-creation of the digital culture we can’t possibly live without.

From The Simpsons to the pop hits of the last ten years, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play is a rocking, rollicking, scary good time that leaves you questioning how you’d make sense of the world if all your gizmos were gone.

Commissioned by The Civilians. Developed in partnership with The Civilians, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Playwrights Horizons.

 

Praise for the World Premiere of
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play:


"Kookily brilliant…a witty, bizarre, thoroughly riveting inquiry
into the durability of pop culture"
The Washington Post

"Filled with heart and real insight into the human condition,
much like The Simpsons itself"
Woman Around Town

“Washburn has proved she has the chops to fuse high and low culture…reveals our primal human need for entertainment”
Washingtonian

4.5 Stars
DC Metro Theater Arts

 

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Programming:

 

Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play caps off our season-long conversation, “Does our civilization have an expiration date?” by getting at the heart of the question, “If so, what comes next?” The connectivity and artistic staff are investigating the many roles pop culture plays for us in times of crisis, when everything and everyone you know is suddenly gone. We also envision a post-apocalyptic society through the work of local visual artists and experts. Join us out in the community, in the lobby, and after the production in the theatre as we unpack these questions and their relationship to the world Anne Washburn has created.

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POST-PERFORMANCE CONVERSATIONS


We will be bringing together several members of the DC community with varying perspectives to spark our reflections on the questions, “What would happen if an apocalyptic event hit us tomorrow?” and “What is the role of pop culture in your everyday life?” We’ll also offer a glimpse into the making of Mr. Burns with a conversation with members of the show’s artistic team. These discussions will be 20-30 minutes long and take place in the theatre directly following the performance.

Post-show conversations will include an Audience Exchange, a Mammoth Forum, and one Q & A with the Mr. Burns artistic team:

  • Wednesday, June 6 following the 8pm performance:
    Mammoth Forum on Speculating an Apocalypse: Town-hall style discussion featuring a panel of guests who will share their insights and explore what would happen to the earth and our society if an apocalyptic event hit DC tomorrow. Panelists include Robert Stewart from the Potomac Electric Power Co. (Pepco), Jon Tung from Keast and Hood, Inc., a structural engineering firm, and Jonathan Reeves from DC Water.
  • Sunday, June 10 following the 2pm performance:
    Audience Exchange on Pop Culture: An invited guest joins Woolly Connectivity Director Jocelyn Prince on stage immediately after the performance to jump-start an audience-wide conversation by sharing their personal reflections on the role of pop culture in their everyday life. 
  • Thursday, June 14 following the 8pm performance:
    The Making of Mr. Burns: Q & A with Production Dramaturg and Woolly’s Director of Artistic Development Miriam Weisfeld, and members of the Mr. Burns cast.

 

REMEMBER THE SIMPSONS?


The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and a big inspiration for Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns. Join us and Trivia Kings at bars around town and test your knowledge of this iconic cartoon series!  Winners receive free pairs of tickets to the show.

Monday, May 21

Wednesday, May 23

Sunday, May 27

Tuesday, May 29

Thursday, May 31

Team "We Like Roy" are crowned Trivia Champions at The Clarendon Grill!

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A Post-Electric World: Viewpoints from Visual Artists

Upper Lobby
Woolly has commissioned three DC visual artists to envision a post-apocalyptic society.  What if all our infrastructure- water, electricity, and architecture broke down? The work of these artists will be divided into three sections—tomorrow, seven years later, 75 years later—and will give us perspectives from visual artists of the world playwright Anne Washburn has imagined, beyond our current civilization. Featured are local artists Gregg Deal, Dafna Steinburg, and Kelly Towles.


Nostalgia Board: What’s that Reference?

Lower Lobby
Can you name that reference?  Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn references The Simpsons’ “Cape Feare” episode, which is a spoof of the 1962 film Cape Fear and its 1991 remake. With a nod to The Simpsons' opening credits, during which Bart always writes lines on a blackboard, we’ll be asking our patrons to grab their own piece of chalk.  List the references from contemporary cultural items like cartoons, novels, and music videos. Where does your nostalgia take you?


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Oyamel at Woolly Mammoth


Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is partnering with José Andrés to bring back the Oyamel Experience at Woolly! For eight special nights patrons can purchase a prix fixe menu and tickets to a show on a single reservation through Woolly Mammoth’s Box Office. Enjoy a delicious prix fixe menu from Oyamel hosted in Woolly Mammoth’s award winning Lobby then stay for Mr. Burns, a post electric play. Seating for this unique opportunity is limited and reservations are required!

RESERVATIONS: To book your reservation today call the Woolly Mammoth Box Office at 202-393-3939 and mention The Oyamel Experience!

      • Choose from the following dates:
        • Friday June 8, Saturday June 9
        • Friday June 15, Saturday June 16
        • Friday June 22, Saturday June 23
        • Friday June 29, Saturday June 30
      • Oyamel’s prix fixe menu is $39 per person. (An additional $13 per person for tax and gratuity will be charged at time of purchase.)
      • Tickets purchased with a dinner reservation are only $50! (Savings of up to 25% off regularly priced tickets!)
      • All dinner reservations require a minimum party size of two (2).
      • Reservations must be made by phone with the Woolly Mammoth Box Office.

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The Woolly Mammoth Blog cracks open the theatre’s operations and new play production process. Posts written by Woolly artists and staff go live twice a week—every Tuesday and Friday. During the run of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, the Woolly blog will feature video interviews of Mr. Burns artists, Woolly staff, and patrons, sharing how pop culture has helped them through times of crisis in their lives.

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Who's Who

 

ANNE WASHBURN (Playwright) has previously been produced in DC at The Studio Theatre: The Internationalist and Folger Theatre: Orestes. Other plays include Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Small, The Ladies, and Devil at Noon. Her work has also been produced by 13P, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, London’s Gate Theatre, NYC’s Soho Rep, Two River Theater Company, and NYC’s Vineyard Theatre. Awards include a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and an ArtsLink travel grant to Hungary to work with the playwright Peter Karpati. She is a member of 13P, an associated artist with The Civilians and New Georges, and an alumna of New Dramatists. Anne is currently commissioned by MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and Yale Rep.

STEVEN COSSON (Director) is a writer, director and the founding Artistic Director of The Civilians. Recent work for The Civilians as writer/director in collaboration with composer Michael Friedman includes The Great Immensity at Kansas City Rep; The Next Forever created for the 2012 TED Conference; In The Footprint (Top 10 of 2010 in NY Times, Time Out, New Yorker); This Beautiful City at Humana Festival, Vineyard Theatre, Center Theatre Group, and Studio Theatre; Paris Commune at The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, upcoming BAM Next Wave; and Gone Missing (NY Times Top 10 of 2007). Additionally, he’s directed these Civilians works and others at Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theater, HBO’s Comedy Festival, MoMA, London’s Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre, Arts Emerson, and more. Outside of the company, recent directing highlights include Anne Washburn’s A Devil at Noon (Humana Festival, O’Neill); and Bus Stop (Kansas City Rep).

MICHAEL FRIEDMAN (Composer) wrote the music and lyrics to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which recently played at The Public Theater and on Broadway. As an Associate Artist with The Civilians, he has written music and lyrics for Canard Canard Goose, Gone Missing, Nobody's Lunch, This Beautiful City, In the Footprint, and The Great Immensity. Other works include Saved and The Brand New Kid. With Steve Cosson, he is the co-author of Paris Commune. His music has appeared in shows at most major New York theaters and at theaters around the country. He was the dramaturg for the recent Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun. He is an Artistic Associate at New York Theatre Workshop, and has been a MacDowell Fellow, a Princeton Hodder Fellow, a Meet The Composer Fellow, and a Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute. He also gave a 2012 TED Talk. He received an OBIE Award for sustained achievement. 

 

CAST


STEVE ROSEN (Matt) is making his Washington, DC debut. He most recently played Pish Tush in The Mikado at Carnegie Hall with The Collegiate Chorale. On Broadway he originated the roles of Sir Bedevere in Spamalot and Harlan Honn in The Farnsworth Invention; and played Benny Southstreet in the 2009 revival of Guys & Dolls. Steve also played Nathan Detroit on its national tour. His Off-Broadway credits include Atlantic Theater Company: Jacob Sherman in CQ/CX; New York Theatre Workshop: Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher; and Manhattan Ensemble Theater: The Teacher in Kafka’s The Castle. He is the co-creator of the long-running comedy benefit  Don’t Quit Your Night Job, as well as co-author of The Other Josh Cohen, a musical opening Off-Broadway this fall. He has appeared regionally at La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Goodspeed, and others. He’s also been in a bunch of TV shows and a few movies.

AMY McWILLIAMS (Colleen) last appeared at Woolly Mammoth in Maria/Stuart and before that in Rocket to the Moon, a co-production with Theater J. Amy has appeared locally at Signature Theatre: Brother Russia, Les Miserables (Helen Hayes Award, Best Ensemble), The Happy Time, The Witches of Eastwick, Nevermore, In the Garden, Working, Cabaret; Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Meet John Doe, The Grapes of Wrath, Inherit the Wind;and The Kennedy Center: Sondheim Celebration, Tennessee Williams Explored. Other credits include Theater J, Round House Theatre, Forum Theatre, Theater Alliance, Theater of the First Amendment, Charter Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, The Keegan Theatre, and The American Century Theater. TV Credits include Homicide: Life on the Street and America’s Most Wanted.

JENNA SOKOLOWSKI (Maria) most recently appeared at Woolly Mammoth as Karen in Civilization.She also shot a gun in Antebellum and quietly taped the stage in She Stoops to Comedy. Other regional credits include The Hub Theatre: John & Beatrice;Olney Theatre: The Sound of Music, AnnieFiddler on the RoofCinderella; MetroStage: Savage in Limbo;Everyman Theatre: Pygmalion, Candida; Signature Theatre: [title of show], Urinetown (Helen Hayes Award Recipient – Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical); Round House Theatre: Eurydice;The Studio Theatre: Grey Gardens, Ivanov, Prometheus Bound; Folger Theatre: Clandestine Marriage; Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Rivals. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at Syracuse University. Love and unending thanks to Mom and Dad. You too, Dusto.

KIMBERLY GILBERT (Jenny) has been a Company Member since 2006 and was last seen at Woolly as Anna in A Bright New Boise. Previously on the Woolly stage, she's been in In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Clybourne Park, Fever/Dream, Boom, Measure for Pleasure, The K of D, Martha, Josie & the Chinese Elvis, Big Death & Little Death, and Cooking with Elvis. Next season you can see her in You for Me for You and Stupid Fucking Bird. She is also a proud company member with Taffety Punk Theatre and a graduate of Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting. 

ERIKA ROSE (Quincy) last appeared at Woolly Mammoth as Sabrina in Lenny & Lou. In 2011, Erika won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her work as Hawa in In Darfur at Theatre J, directed by Derek Goldman. Regionally she has performed at The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, African Continuum Theatre, the Hangar Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and more, but listing them all would surely put you to sleep. Erika lives in New York with her unbelievably patient, supportive, honest, and talented husband, Patrick Crowley. Fun fact: Patrick asked for Erika's number at the opening night party of her last Woolly show. Woolly Mammoth, making matches since 2004. www.erikarose.info

JAMES SUGG (Sam) returns to Woolly where he was last heard as sound designer for In the Next Room or the vibrator play,and previously seen in Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Hell Meets Henry Halfway. He is a member of Pig Iron, with whom he has created 18 original pieces.  He has also worked with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Wilma, The Arden Theatre, Folger Theatre, Headlong Dance Theater, rainpan 43, and Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental.  He is the composer of the musicals A Murder, a Mystery & a Marriage (book and lyrics by Aaron Posner), James Joyce is Dead and So is Paris: The Lucia Joyce Cabaret (Pig Iron), The Sea (a one man electric chamber opera), and Cherry Bomb (book and lyrics by Jen Childs).  His work has been recognized with two OBIES, four Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Sound Design, the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theater Artist, and a Pew Fellowship.  

CHRIS GENEBACH (Gibson) is making his Woolly Mammoth debut. His other DC credits include The Studio Theatre: Man #2 in The Big Meal (2nd Stage), Luther Flynn in Superior Donuts, Laurence in Shining City; Folger Theatre: Montano in Othello, Ligniere/Jean-Pierre in Cyrano, Helen/Menelaus/Pylades/Trojan Slave in Orestes: A Tragic Romp; and Shakespeare Theatre Company: Two Gentleman of Verona, Julius Caesar (FFA), Cymbeline (replacement), Cornwall in King Lear, Lucius in Titus Andronicus. Broadway credits include Manhattan Theatre Club: Shining City. Off-Broadway credits include The Duke on 42nd: Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3; Manhattan Theatre Club: The Other Side.  Other regional credits include TheaterWorks: The Seafarer; Goodman Theatre: King Lear; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King John. TV credits include William Atherton (v/o) in The War of 1812. Radio credits include WAMU 88.5/Lean & Hungry Theatre: Theseus/Oberon/Demetrius/Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Capulet in Romeo & Juliet.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM


MISHA KACHMAN (Set Designer)

FRANK LABOVITZ (Costume Designer)

COLIN K. BILLS (Lighting Designer)

ELISHEBA ITTOOP (Sound Designer)

DIANE COBURN BRUNING (Choreographer)

WILLIAM E. CRUTTENDEN III (Production Stage Manager)

MIRIAM WEISFELD (Dramaturg)

 

Schedule


Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm & 7pm; Saturday, June 2nd at 8pm (no 3pm performance); Sunday, June3rd at 7pm (no 2pm performance)

Special performance dates:

  • Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC): Monday, May 28th & Tuesday, May 29th, 8pm
    Tickets sold at 6pm each evening, two per person, cash/check only. Lines begin forming around 5pm. Performances typically sell out.

Post-Show Discussions:

  • Wednesday, June 6, 2012 following the 8pm performance
  • Sunday, June 10, 2012 following the 2pm performance
  • Thursday, June 14, 2012 following the 8pm performance

OyamelAtWoolly

Oyamel at Woolly Mammoth


Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is partnering with José Andrés to bring back the Oyamel Experience at Woolly! For eight special nights patrons can purchase a prix fixe menu and tickets to a show on a single reservation through Woolly Mammoth’s Box Office. Enjoy a delicious prix fixe menu from Oyamel hosted in Woolly Mammoth’s award winning Lobby then stay for Mr. Burns, a post electric play. Seating for this unique opportunity is limited and reservations are required!

RESERVATIONS: To book your reservation today call the Woolly Mammoth Box Office at 202-393-3939 and mention The Oyamel Experience!

      • Choose from the following dates:
        • Friday June 8, Saturday June 9
        • Friday June 15, Saturday June 16
        • Friday June 22, Saturday June 23
        • Friday June 29, Saturday June 30
      • The Oyamel prix fixe dinner is $39 per person. (An additional $13 per person for tax and gratuity will be charged at time of purchase.)
      • Tickets purchased with a dinner reservation are only $50! (Savings of up to 25% off regularly priced tickets!)
      • All dinner reservations require a minimum party size of two (2).
      • Reservations must be made by phone with the Woolly Mammoth Box Office.

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Woolly Mammoth would like to
thank the following patrons
for their generous support of
Mr. Burns:

National Endowment
for the Arts


D.C. Commission on the
 Arts and Humanities
Nancy Hartsock,
   The Hasenberg Hartsock Group
   at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Linette S. Hwu
Victoria Isley
National Endowment for the Arts
Barbara L. Strack

 

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Show Art Concept & Design:
Carolyn Sewell Design

 

James Sugg in Hell Meets Henry Halfway (2009)