Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
Feb. 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m., March 2, 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. (also March 4 matinee at 2 p.m.)
Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound
Contemporary playwright Anne Washburn has created a play in which audience members watch the shell-shocked survivors of an apocalypse try to cope – in a most unexpected way.
To survive individually and as a community, six people gather around a fire after a nationwide nuclear plant disaster that has destroyed the country and its electric grid, and turn for comfort to the memory of one thing they share: pop culture, in the form of “The Simpsons” television series.
The play, which debuted in Seattle at the ACT last fall, unfolds each act of the story in a different style. One act is backstage drama, with a scene including a medley of pop songs; another is a ritual opera sketch, including costumes with fantastical masks.
Absurd and jagged, melodramatic and droll, Washburn’s much-heralded play creates a world that fascinates. It is a world that will resonate with anyone and everyone who has awakened from or imagined the nightmare: Everything you have known and lived by is lost, and all that is left to help you re-create yourself is a handful of desperate strangers.
March 2, 7-10 p.m.; March 3, 6:30-11 p.m.; March 4, 7-10 p.m.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98406
tmp.org; (253) 588-0042
Kaleidoscope is an exciting festival featuring the best of Washington’s community theater. A host of dramas, comedies, musical, youth theater, original productions, edgy productions and cutting of classics, Kaleidoscope has something for everyone.
Each day of competition the lights will come up on an empty stage in front of the audience. Each theater starts in a 10-foot by 10-foot square; the company has ten minutes to prepare their production. The lights go down and the actors take their places. The lights go up and in sixty minutes perform their one-hour production. The audience will experience one of nine different productions that have converged on Tacoma to celebrate community theatre across Washington State.
Performances are spaced over several days with workshops interspersed between sessions. In between, there are a number of opportunities for socializing, networking and getting out to see the area. The week culminates in a Sunday morning awards presentation when the best performances are announced.
The audiences will hear the adjudication after each production. At the end of the festival, attendees find out which two companies will advance to the Region IX festival with the hope of representing Washington state at the national AACTFest.
Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Jewel Box Theatre (Poulsbo), “Over the River and Through the Woods”
The Richland Players (Richland), “Cathedral”
Friday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.
Academy of Children’s Theatre (Richland), “Snap Judgment”
Tacoma Little Theatre (Tacoma), “Second Samuel”
Pullman Civic Theatre (Pullman), “Brilliant Traces”
Saturday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Tacoma), “The Addams Family” – Act One
The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest (Kitsap/Tacoma), “Love: You’ve Got to Be Kidding”
**Please note each production will be followed by an open adjudication. Start times for subsequent performance in the same session are approximate and will begin after a short break following the previous performance.