Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
by Anne Washburn
April - May 2017
"This is clearly a labor of love for Hoffmann and the scrappy Luminous Theatre. Mr. Burns is a show with a large cast and significant production demands. It’s a fitting match. For just like the survivors in Washburn’s story, Hoffman and the actors and the technicians and artists behind Mr. Burns have built a strange and miraculous world from the ground up, and created an experience that just might be fondly remembered seven, and even 75 years into the future."
- Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine
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"most unforgettable, meaningful, and downright gob-smacking work of theater you’ve seen in many a year."
"With a first-rate cast under the impeccable direction of Leda Hoffman, it’s by turns hilarious and terrifying, quietly gut-wrenching, outrageously visionary and fabulously entertaining."
"Hoffman has successfully melded her cast into an organic ensemble."
- Jeff Grygny, Play On Milwaukee
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"one of the most unique theatrical experiences of the Milwaukee theater season. "
- Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express
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"Not since the demise of Michael Cotey’s much-missed Youngblood Theatre Company has a theater director in Milwaukee been as thoughtful about site-specific staging as Hoffmann, who previously brought us Margaret Atwood’s “The Penelopiad” – set in Hades – under the Holton St. viaduct. Staging “Mr. Burns” in a desolate pocket of Riverwest, much of it unfolding in a warehouse with no indoor plumbing (portable toilets are provided) and no heat, allows us to better appreciate what these characters would have experienced."
"both are love songs to theater and its artists, frequently working under nearly impossible conditions and at great personal sacrifice, for little or no money and an assurance that their work will be misunderstood by critics and quickly forgotten by everyone else.
Why do they do it?
Because survival truly is insufficient. The characters in “Mr. Burns” get this, in a world that’s nearly dead. The actors performing “Mr. Burns” get this, in a world that wants to reduce everything to dollars and cents. Was I moved by what they’ve wrought, producing a challenging play like this under difficult circumstances, with obvious commitment and integrity? You bet I was. Despite Washburn’s title, this production of her play is electrifying."
- Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Gibson / Chorus - Dylan Bolin
Chorus - Alex Campea
Matt / Scratchy - James Carrington
Maria / Homer - Kelly Doherty
Burns - Jordan Gwiazdowski
Sam / Itchy - Nick Narcisi
Edna - Eva Nimmer
Quincy / Lisa - Hannah Ripp-Dieter
Colleen / Marge - Ericka Wade
Jenny / Bart - Rachael Zientek
Director - Leda Hoffmann
Music Director - James Kaplan
Costume Designers - Andrea Bouck and Leslie Vaglica
Lighting Designer - Jason Fassl
Sound Designer - Megan Henninger
Technical Director - Tony Lyons
Props Coordinator - Heidi Salter
Choreographer - Doug Clemons
Fight Director - Christopher Elst
Stage Manager - Kaitlyn Martin
Assistant Stage Manager - Mattie Voorheis
Assistant Director - Daniella Wheelock