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Tickets On Sale This Week for MR. BURNS - Season Opener at Playwrights Horizons




Playwrights Horizons








Previews begin Friday, August 23
Opening Night set for Sunday, September 15
Limited run through Sunday, October 6 

      Tickets go on sale this week – including an advance discount offer exclusively via Facebook – for the Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) New York premiere production of MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY, a new play by Anne Washburn (The Internationalist), with music by Obie Award winner Michael Friedman (Saved at PH; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; the current Loves’ Labours Lost at Shakespeare in the Park).   Directed by Obie Award winner Steve Cosson (Gone Missing, This Beautiful City, founding Artistic Director of The Civilians), MR. BURNS will be presented as the first production of the theater company’s upcoming 2013/2014 Season.

     Beginning today, Tuesday, July 23 at 12 Noon and for the first 24 hours, $40 discount tickets (regularly $70) can be purchased exclusively via Playwrights Horizons’ Facebook page at  No fees will apply for the Facebook pre-sale.  Limitations may apply.  As with previous ticket sales via the Playwrights Horizons Facebook page, ticket buyers can also reserve additional tickets for friends to purchase.

     Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24 at 12 Noon, $70 single tickets may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily) and in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

     MR. BURNS will begin previews Friday evening, August 23 at 8PM with an Opening Night set for Sunday, September 15 at 7PM.  The limited engagement will play through Sunday matinee, October 6 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). 

    The cast will feature Obie Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine (the recent Far From Heaven at PH; In the Next Room… on Broadway; Ruined at MTC), Gibson Frazier (There Are No More Big Secrets, Orlando, God’s Ear, The Internationalist Off-Broadway), Susannah Flood (Tribes Off-Broadway; As You Like It in Central Park; world premiere of A Civil War Christmas at Long Wharf), two-time Obie Award winner Matthew Maher (The Flick, The World Over at PH; Uncle Vanya, Golden Child, School for Lies, You Better Sit Down Off-Broadway), two-time Audelco nominee Nedra McClyde (Headstrong, Miss Evers’ Boys), Civilians founding member Jennifer R. Morris (Gone Missing, The Ladies, Canard Canard Goose?, You Better Sit Down Off-Broadway), Colleen Werthmann (Miss Witherspoon, Recent Tragic Events at PH; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Gone Missing Off-Broadway) and Sam Breslin Wright (Macbeth on Broadway, Paris Commune, 365 Plays/365 Days, God’s Ear Off-Broadway).

     What will endure when the cataclysm arrives – when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future.  A paean to live theater, and to the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, MR. BURNS is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

     The production features scenic design by two-time Obie Award winner Neil Patel, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Ken Travis.  Choreographer is Sam Pinkleton, Music Director is Mike Brun and Special Effects are by Jeremy Chernick.  Production Stage Manager is Kyle Gates.

     MR. BURNShad its World Premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) in May 2013.  Writing on that premiere, Peter Marks of The Washington Post called it, “Inexhaustibly original.  The sort of once-in-a-blue-moon show that stays stuck in your brain long after it has chilled you to the bone.”

     The performance schedule for MR. BURNS will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM.  The Tuesday, September 10 evening performance has an 8PM curtain, the Sunday, September 15 matinee has a 2PM curtain and the Thursday, September 19 evening performance (which is a special 30&Under event) has a 7PM curtain. Single tickets, starting at $70, may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues) or via Facebook at

     Reflecting Playwrights Horizons’ ongoing commitment to making its productions more affordable to younger audiences, the theater company will offer HOTtix, $25 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before showtime to patrons aged 30 and under. Proof of age required. One ticket per person, per purchase.  Cash only.

     HOTtix is one of Playwrights Horizons’ popular Arts Access initiatives, which allow the institution to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theater ticket.  This program is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The McGraw-Hill Companies.

     A special open captioned performance of MR. BURNS for theatergoers who are deaf and hard of hearing will be held on the Sunday, September 8 matinee at 2:30 PM.  Funding for this program is provided, in part, by the Theodore H. Barth Foundation, and TDF and TAP Plus, which is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

How to order tickets for the open captioned performance:

●    Online: log on to

●    Phone: call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily) via Relay Service (800) 421-1220

●    TTY:    call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8pm daily) via Relay Service (800) 662-1220

    In addition, special Post-Performance Discussions with members of the creative team will take place immediately after the following three performances: Wednesday evening, August 28 at 7PM; Sunday matinee, September 1 at 2:30 PM; and Friday evening, September 6 at 8PM.

     Three subscription packages to Playwrights Horizons’ 2013/2014 season are now available: a 6-show Subscription package ($240 for subscribers, four Mainstage and two Peter Jay Sharp Theater productions); FlexPass (4+ tickets, $45-50 per ticket); and Membership ($55 membership fee + one ticket at $40 or less for each show, as desired).  In addition to discounts on all season productions, subscribers receive priority booking and seating, ticket exchange privileges, parking and dining discounts, and exclusive mailings of Playwrights Horizons Bulletins.  Packages are available at

     Patron Program Memberships begin at $1,500 (all but $550 is tax-deductible) and include two house seats to all six Playwrights Horizons productions reserved only for Patrons, as well as a variety of exclusive benefits including invitations to attend special events with artists, staff and board members. 

     Playwrights Horizons’ season productions are generously supported in part by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

     Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

     For ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, Noon to 8 pm daily, or purchase online at
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Anne Washburn’s(Playwright) plays include The Internationalist, A Devil at Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Ladies, The Small and a trans-adaptation of Euripides’ Orestes. Her work has been produced by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, London’s Gate Theatre, Soho Rep, Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, Vineyard Theatre and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and an Artslink travel grant to Hungary to work with the playwright Peter Karpati. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P. Currently commissioned by MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep and Yale Rep.

Michael Friedman (Composer). At Playwrights Horizons: Saved, The Drunken City, Spatter Pattern. Michael wrote music and lyrics to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which recently played at The Public Theater and on Broadway (OCC and Lortel awards) As an Associate Artist with the acclaimed theater company The Civilians, he has written music and lyrics for Canard Canard Goose?Gone MissingNobody's LunchThis Beautiful CityIn the Footprint, and The Great Immensity, and co-created the groups 2012 TED Talk. With Steve Cosson, he is the co-author of Paris Commune (BAM Next Wave Festival 2012). Current: Love’s Labours Lost with Alex Timbers for Shakespeare in the Park and an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude with Itamar Moses and Daniel Aukin, which will premiere at Dallas Theatre Center in 2013. He was the dramaturg for the recent Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and has been a MacDowell Fellow, a Princeton Hodder Fellow, a Meet The Composer Fellow, a Barrob Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute, and an artist-in-residence at Spring Workshop Hong Kong. His recent Tedx talk, “The Song Makes a Space,” is available on YouTube. An evening of his songs was featured in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and he received an Obie Award for sustained achievement.

Steve Cosson (Director) is a writer and director. Directing highlights include Spring Awakening (Olney Theatre); Anne Washburn’s A Devil at Noon(Humana Festival, O’Neill); Bus Stop (Kansas City Rep); U.S. premiere of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life (Soho Rep). He is the founding Artistic Director of the Civilians. The company creates original works of investigative theater that have been performed Off-Broadway and in over 40 cities nationally and internationally. Highlights of work with the Civilians include Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Washington Post’s #1 play for 2012); Bess Wohl/Michael Friedman’s Pretty Filthy; Paris Commune (2012 BAM Next Wave); The Great Immensity, The Next Forever created for the 2012 TED Conference; In The Footprint (Top 10 of 2010 in New York Times, Time Out, New Yorker); This Beautiful City; (I Am) Nobody’s Lunch and Gone Missing (New York Times Top 10 of 2007). These works and others have been produced at The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse Vineyard Theatre, Barrow Street, Woolly Mammoth, Kansas City Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theater, Center Theater Group, HBO’s Comedy Festival, MoMA, The Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre in London and many others. His plays are published by Oberon Books, Dramatists Play Service and an anthology from Playscripts.

Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Quincy). Playwrights Horizons: the recent Far From Heaven.  Broadway: In the Next Room, or the vibrator play.  Off-Broadway: Ruined (Obie Award); Neva (Lortel nomination); We Are Proud to Present a Presentation; Born Bad; Love, Loss and What I Wore; Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling; Family Week; The Misanthrope. Regional: Far From Heaven (Williamstown), Intimate Apparel (Alliance). Film: Rachel Getting Married.

Susannah Flood (Maria). Playwrights Horizons debut.  Off-Broadway: Tribes, As You Like It, Okay. Regional: World Premiere of A Civil War Christmas (Long Wharf); Travesties (McCarter); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hartford Stage); Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird (Oregon Shakespeare); Our Town (2007 IRNE nomination, Best Actress), Memory House (Trinity Rep).  Workshops: A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center), The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (NYTW).

Gibson Frazier (Gibson). Playwrights Horizons debut. Off-Broadway: There Are No More Big Secrets, Telephone, God’s Ear, Ms. Washburn’s The Internationalist, Eat the Taste. Other New York: Luther (Clubbed Thumb), Heddatron (Les Freres Corbusier), Don’t Quit Your Night Job (Joe’s Pub/Zipper). Film/TV: Shadows & Lies, “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Mercy.”

Matthew Maher (Matt) is the recipient of a 2013 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance.  He previously appeared at Playwrights Horizons in The Flick and The World Over.  Other New York: The Race for the Ark Tattoo (Obie Award), Golden Child, Red Handed Otter, Uncle Vanya, School for Lies, You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce, Orange, Hat & Grace, The Small, Richard III, Coriolanus. He is an Associate Artist of The Civilians.

Nedra McClyde (Choragos). Playwrights Horizons debut. Off-Broadway: Headstrong (Audelco nomination), Miss Evers’ Boys (Audelco nomination). Other New York Theater: Macbeth (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Sons (New Dramatists), Screen Play (The Flea). Regional: Good People (Old Globe), Nile Rodgers’ Doubletime (Alabama Shakespeare).  TV: “30 Rock, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Jennifer R. Morris (Jenny). Playwrights Horizons debut.  She is a founding member of The Civilians, where her work has included Gone Missing, The Ladies, Canard Canard Goose?,  (I Am) Nobody's Lunch and You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce (which she conceived).   TV: “ER,” “Profiler,” “Law & Order,” hosting for TV Food Network and WE. As producer: the short film Tiffany 9 (PBS), the feature length documentary, Mentor.

Colleen Werthmann (Colleen). Playwrights Horizons: Miss Witherspoon, Recent Tragic Events. With Anne Washburn: The Communist Dracula Pageant, The Ladies. With Steve Cosson/The Civilians: Canard Canard Goose?, Gone Missing, In the Footprint.  Other Off-Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Light Raise the Roof, Blue Surge, Suitcase. Film/TV: Salt, “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” 2-time Emmy nominee for writing (Academy Awards).

Sam Breslin Wright (Sam). Playwrights Horizons debut. Broadway: Macbeth. Off-Broadway: Paris Commune, 365 Plays/Days, God’s Ear, Vendetta Chrome, Orange Alert. Regional: Three Sisters (Berkley Rep/Yale Rep); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Love’s Labors Lost (Old Globe); Dead End, Royal Family, Hard Times (Williamstown). TV: “Law & Order, “Rescue Me,” “Third Watch.”

Playwrights Horizons is a writer’s theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists and to the production of their new work. Under the leadership of artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus, the theater company continues to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. In its 42 years, Playwrights Horizons has presented the work of more than 375 writers and has received numerous awards and honors, including a special 2008 Drama Desk Award for “ongoing support to generations of theater artists and undiminished commitment to producing new work.”  Notable productions include five Pulitzer Prize winners – Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award, Best Play), Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award, Best Play), Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles (1989 Tony Award, Best Play), Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George – as well as Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit (2013 Obie Award, Best New American Play); Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale (2013 Lortel Award, Best Play); Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar (2012 Obie Award); Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn; Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal; Amy Herzog’s After the Revolution and The Great God Pan; Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation (three 2010 Obie Awards including Best New American Play) and The Flick (2013 Obie Award); Bathsheba Doran’s Kin; Adam Bock’s A Small Fire; Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I; Melissa James Gibson’s This (2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist); Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie’s Grey Gardens (three 2007 Tony Awards); Craig Lucas’s Prayer For My Enemy and  Small Tragedy (2004 Obie Award, Best American Play); Adam Rapp’s Kindness; Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation (2005 Obie Award for Playwriting); Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero; David Greenspan’s She Stoops to Comedy (2003 Obie Award); Kirsten Childs’s The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (2000 Obie Award); Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey’s James Joyce’s The Dead; Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins; William Finn’s March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland; Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You; Richard Nelson’s Goodnight Children Everywhere; Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once on This Island; Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire; Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room; A.R. Gurney’s Later Life; Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s Floyd Collins; and Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Violet.

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