After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors keep the spark of human spirit alive by telling stories around a campfire. As the years wear on, these stories expand into the realm of legend and myth.
Sacred Fools Theater Company is excited to kick off its 21st season with the Los Angeles premiere of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, written by Anne Washburn (score by Michael Friedman/lyrics by Anne Washburn) and directed by Jaime Robledo.
Opening Friday, October 13 and running through Saturday, November 18, with previews on October 6th, 8th and 12th, Mr. Burns also features an unusual approach for the Fools: each act will be staged in a different theater space in the newly rebranded Broadwater complex, transporting the audience through space as well as time.
In his 2014 Critic’s Pick review of the Playwrights Horizons production, The New York Times’ Ben Brantley raved that Mr. Burns “…has arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas. With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself, and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.”
At turns sidesplitting and bone-chilling, Mr. Burns also features an unusual approach for the Fools: the three separate time periods in the play will each take place on a separate stage in the Broadwater, taking the audience from the Broadwater Black Box to the Second Stage and finally the Main Stage. The promenade staging, to borrow a term from the world of immersive/no-proscenium theatre, begins with a group of people meeting around a campfire as the world falls apart around them.
“As you move from space to space within the newly-christened Broadwater, you will share both in the story itself and in how the telling of the story evolves,” says director Jaime Robledo. “When we lose everything, we tend to go back to the beginning and build up from there. In a play about salvaging pop culture (or any culture, for that matter), telling tales around a campfire is as good a place as any to start.”
Presenter / Producer: Sacred Fools Theater Company
Theater > Drama
Theater > Theatrical Comedy
Event Phone: 310-281-8337
1076 Lillian Way
Los Angeles CA 90038
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 10/13/2017 - 11/19/2017
WHEN: October 13 – November 18, 2017. Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm
Tickets available at http://tickets.sacredfools.org/
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