Anne Washburn's plays include Apparition, The Ladies, I Have Loved Strangers, The Communist Dracula Pageant and a slightly loose translation of Euripides' Orestes. Her plays have been produced in the US, and internationally. She is an associated artist with Obie award-winning groups 13P, The Civilians and New Georges, and is a member of New Dramatists. The Internationalist is also published by Oberon Books.
Mr Burns is a brilliantly lucid bit of theatre. There's some additional fun if you are very familiar with The Simpsons but that's not vital, in fact, it's a distraction if you think it's all an in-joke for the fans. Itcould be anything; The Simpsons stands in for any story that embraces and touches a whole culture. It is The Bible, The Iliad, the Complete Works ofShakespeare and as such it's a challenge to how we think of art, religion,culture, the whole way of life that we move in. It's beautifully performed, too, because if it had been given a smooth, elegant London theatre production, it would have missed the point. This is a rough,crude, funny, clever, heartfelt, stupid evening of theatre and I can't recommend it highly enough.'Dan Rebellato; danrebellato.co.uk
Washburn's play is pretty out there in many respects, but each scenario is beautifully realised, and it presents a compelling query: faced with uncertainty, would we salvage what's 'important' for the human race? Or what comforts us? And is there really a difference? the bold vistas of Washburn's imagination are