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A “Simpsons”-Based Future

Come along for an exciting exploration of pop culture in “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play,” presented by University Theatre.

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors begin to piece together the plot of “The Simpsons” episode “Cape Feare” from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture—sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs—have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society sincerely trying to hold onto its past. Seventy-five years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created, as the pop culture of one era evolves into the mythology of another.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. on June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. June 11.

Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors (65 +), $8 UO faculty and staff, $8 non-UO students and free for all UO students.

Written by Anne Washburn and winner of the 2015 Whiting Award, Tricia Rodley directs “Mr. Burns,” which will be performed in the Hope Theatre.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to or call the UO Ticket Office at 541-346-4363.

On June 10, there will be a Talk-Back following the performance with the director, cast members and special guest Dasa Zeithamova, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, whose research interests include cognitive-neuroscience and memory.

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