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Trinity University Theatre to Present Dark Comedy

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Poster for Trinity University production Mr. Burns

The production, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, is filled with surprises

Trinity University Theatre will present Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, a dark comedy by Anne Washburn, with music by Michael Friedman, during two weeks in February.

The production is directed by Trinity professor Rachel Joseph, and the third act will feature live music performed by Zachary Ridgway of Trinity’s Department of Music.

In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors reminisce about and re-enact stories from popular culture, particularly TV show The Simpsons. As the decades pass, titular characters Bart Simpson and his family become the mythology of an evolving culture. The show asks, “Will theatre be the savior of civilization?” The New York Times calls this play "so smart it [makes] your head spin" and raves that the show will "leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas."

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play opens the weekend of Feb. 16-18 and will continue Feb. 21-24 in the Stieren Theater, located in the Ruth Taylor Fine Arts Center on the Trinity campus. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Mr. Burns, a post-electric play is produced through special arrangement with Samuel French.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $8 for seniors, faculty, staff, and alumni; and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at and at the theatre box office Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 210-999-8515 or emailing tutheatre [at] The box office is also open one hour prior to each performance.