Penn State Harrisburg to present 'Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play'

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — The Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities will present its spring play, “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 29, and Friday, Apr. 30; and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. The play will be presented virtually via live stream on YouTube Live from the Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre at Penn State Harrisburg.

Anne Washburn’s play is a futuristic comedy about an eclectic group of survivors who navigate post-nuclear-meltdown America by retelling their favorite episodes of the animated series “The Simpsons.” This entertaining mash-up of pop culture references explores how storytelling can help us get through devastating events and reconnects us to our humanity.

The play is directed by Joanna Underhill, adjunct professor at Penn State Harrisburg, with assistance from Maria Enriquez, assistant teaching professor of theater. Production design is led by Matt Mitra, technical director at the Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre.

The production explores a new realm of virtual theater in an innovative way, including sock puppets and a third act that is entirely sung-through.

The event is free and open to the public. Register for tickets here.