CPP Magazine

The Show Must Go On

Cue The Lights ... It's Showtime!

By Tom Zasadzinski

After going dark in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, audiences returned to the University Theatre this spring for the production of “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play.”

Written by Ann Washburn and directed by Theatre Professor Bernardo Solano, the play is an apocalyptic tale that explores the boundaries between pop and high culture and how stories keep us human and connected.

The show features beloved characters in pop culture: Bart Simpson, Homer Simpson and, of course, the evil Mr. Burns. The play literally transports audiences to new locations: It starts outside the University Art Gallery, moves to the Studio Theatre and concludes on the University Theatre Main Stage.