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City Theatre remounts “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” for a fall 2021 run

Graphic provided by the City Theatre website

When the coronavirus pandemic began back in March 2020, the world had to adapt to a new way of life. For some institutions and industries this change has opened a new door for innovation. One of civilization’s oldest industries affected by the pandemic has been the performing arts. 

That’s been true for performing arts at City College, too. Christine Nicholson, a professor of theatre arts and film at City College, said City Theatre is bringing back its production of “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” delayed since March 2020, because of the relationship between the show’s theme and the current state of affairs in today’s world. 

“[T]he play is a rumination on how humanity responds to a global crisis, such as the one we have lived, and are still living through,” Nicholson said. “The play offers a glimpse into some of the ways we not only survive, but grow, and ultimately, thrive.”

The “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” opens Oct. 7 and runs through Oct. 17. According to the City Theatre website, the show will livestream Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Written by Anne Washburn and directed by Christine Nicholson, “Mr.Burns” is a post-apocalyptic comedy that explores how pop culture may evolve into the mythology of future generations. The show covers a 75-year period where the survivors interpret our culture within their new reality. According to Nicholson, about half of the 18 actors are from the original March 2020 cast. 

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“We are very excited about being back live,” Nicholson wrote via email. “We’ve never stopped producing over the past year. Beginning last fall, we had two early Zoom productions, and then in the spring we were able to increase our ability to present fully mounted productions digitally. Our Summer Shakespeare Festival was able to perform live outside in the Art Court [Theatre] Courtyard, and streamed digitally. That we are able to gather inside this fall has been wonderful. We are looking forward to the time when we can have a live audience once more.”

Nicholson added, “The production was originally staged in the Art Court Theatre, on a thrust stage (a stage that has audience on three sides). The theatre sat 120 people. It is now being staged in the main auditorium in the PAC, which is a proscenium theatre, seating 600 people. It is being performed live, with actors in person on the stage at 7:40 p.m., and the audience will be watching digitally. We have a three camera set-up in collaboration with the Film Department for the live-stream.”

The performance will be live with actors on stage at 7:40 p.m. The theatre department is collaborating with the film department for the setup of the livestream.  

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available on the City Theatre website.

The online box office closes 15 minutes before each performance. 

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