Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
by The Orange Fringe

Dec. 14 - Dec. 17, 2018

America has fallen, the power grids are gone, and humanity is on the edge of extinction. What will survive? The answer may surprise you. 

Coming to the Oscar G. Brockett stage from December 14th-17th, Better Mr. Burns is a fully student-produced theatrical production of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a post electric play at the University of Texas at Austin. 

This production is centered around addressing the impact of environmental waste and abusive rehearsal practices to address a significant blind spot in contemporary American theatre: the intersection of environmental and social justice. 

Set in a dystopian future where North America is left without electricity, Mr. Burns calls audiences to question their impact on the systems that support human life on the planet. Concurrently, the production process asks these same questions of the community at large - how can artists be more mindful of the impact their work and, as a result, make theatre better?

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play 
by Anne Washburn 
Score by Michael Friedman and James W. Parker 
Directed by Khristián Méndez Aguirre 


Feature by M. Brianna Stallings in the Austin Chronicle, December 13, 2018


Committed to a zero waste set, an upcycled wardrobe, sustainable methods of design and construction, and an inclusive rehearsal room, Better Mr. Burns informs how theatre-makers can contribute to a cycle of empowerment in a production process both as artists and activists alike.

This production is a collaborative effort among several graduate students and undergraduate students in the Department of Theatre and Dance. In addition, the project entails partnerships with Austin Resource Recovery, the UT School of Architecture, the Office of Sustainability, Campus Environmental Center, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and Texas Performing Arts. Better Mr. Burns is also a result of various sustainability efforts around campus, reflecting the university’s zero waste and environmentally sustainable initiatives on campus.

For more resources and information, updates on this process, and to get tickets for the various events, visit

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
by Ana Washburn
The Orange Fringe

December 14 - December 17, 2018

Performances at 7 p.m. Thursday - Monday: 1 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday

December 14th at 7:00 p.m. 
December 15th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
December 16th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
December 17th at 7:00 p.m. 

Oscar G. Brockett Theatre 
300 East 23rd Street
Austin, TX 78712

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