Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

by Anne Washburn

Score by Michael Friedman
lyrics by Anne Washburn

An Outside the March Production
In association with Starvox Entertainment and Crow’s Theatre

In a post-apocalyptic world devoid of electricity, a group of survivors band together in search of food, shelter and the most precious resource of all—classic lines from The Simpsons. Part pop musical, part chilling contemporary allegory, and part Simpsons celebration, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era evolves into the mythology of another.

Our 2015 production was staged inside of Toronto’s oldest cinema, re-imagined as Toronto’s Historic Aztec Theatre. True to the world envisioned by Washburn, the production was staged entirely without the use of any on-the-grid electricity. The ensemble featured a number of OtM’s core artists, teaming up with some of Canada’s leading musical theatre stars, for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience that went nuclear on a nightly basis.

  • May 9th – June 6th, 2015

The Aztec Theatre

Big, bold, weird, charming, funny, sad and, most of all, smart (S-M-R-T!)

The Toronto Star

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

The Toronto Star

Mr. Burns takes the apocalyptic spirit of the times and creates the first great play out of it.

★ ★ ★ ★

The Globe and Mail

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

The Globe and Mail

★ ★ ★ ★

A mesmerizing site-specific meditation on technology.

NOW Magazine

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

NOW Magazine

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Cast & Creative Team


  • Colin Doyle as Matt / Homer
  • Tracy Michailidis as Jenny / Nedra
  • Katherine Cullen as Maria / Marge
  • Sébastien Heins as Sam / Itchy
  • Amy Keating as Colleen / Lisa
  • Damien Atkins as Gibson / Scratchy
  • Rielle Braid as Quincy / Bart
  • Ishai Buchbinder as Mr. Burns
  • Britta Johnson – Mrs. Largo
  • James Smith – Sideshow Mel
  • Shakura Dickson, Ross Robertson, Colin Simmons, Elizabeth Stuart-Morris, Amaka Umeh – Choir of Zombie Springfieldians (Artistic Apprentices)

Creative Team

  • Simon Bloom and Mitchell Cushman – Directors
  • Britta Johnson – Musical Director
  • James Smith – Musician
  • Jennalee Desjardins – Movement Coach
  • Ken Mackenzie – Set Design
  • Lindsay Junkin – Costume Design
  • Nick Blais – Lighting Design
  • Samuel Sholdice – Sound Design
  • Marcus Jamin – Puppetry Design
  • Evan Harkai – Mask Design
  • Stephanie Michelle Leon – Lobby Design
  • Simon Fon – Fight Choreographer
  • Kate Sandeson – Stage Management
  • Sam Hale – Apprentice Stage Management
  • Andrew Clemens – Production Manager / Technical Director
  • Elenna Mosoff – Producer
  • Sam Godfrey – Assistant Director
  • Kinnon Elliott – Graphic Design
  • Chloe Cushman – Poster Illustration and Design


Awards & Accolades

  • Best Production – Toronto Theatre Critics Award (2015)
  • Best Design – Toronto Theatre Critics Award (2015)
  • MyEntertainmentWorld Outstanding Set & Costume Design (medium), Ken Mackenzie, Lindsay Junkin & Evan Harkai
  • ★★★★ – The Globe and Mail
  • ★★★★ – Now Magazine