Mr. Burns and Other Plays
Anne Washburn’s plays blend naturalistic human presence with formal thought experiments that drive at the question of what storytelling means to human survival. Via high-and-low storytelling, Washburn writes about contemporary and near-future culture, calling on Homer, Euripides, the prophet Jeremiah, the world of fantasy games and The Simpsons. This volume also contains 10 Out of 12, The Small and I Have Loved Strangers.
“Mr. Burns is so smart it makes your head spin…Downright brilliant. This intoxicating and sobering vision of an American future, set during a day-after tomorrow apocalypse…has depths of feeling to match its breadth of imagination… In tracing a story’s hold on the imaginations of different generations, the play is likely to make you think back—way back—to narratives that survive today from millenniums ago…With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself… Makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all. I look forward to remembering it for a long, long time.” —Ben Brantley, New York Times
“Mr. Burns is both scary and sweet, funny but dead serious, unique and wonderfully theatrical.” —Richard Zoglin, TIME Magazine