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. The production seeks 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?
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 students in the Department of Theatre and Dance and 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.
For more resources and information, bettermrburns.org
Friday, December 14 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN)
300 E. 23rd Street, Austin, TX 78712