If there was an apocalypse, what would we hold onto? How about the TV show 'The Simpsons?'
That’s the case in ‘Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play.’
The musical comedy portrays a group of survivors who make it through a global disaster, which has left the world without electricity.
The show opens up with the cast sitting around a campfire, comforting each other by talking about an episode of The Simpsons.
And years later in this post-electric world, The Simpsons become the new standard for culture.
“Bart Simpson is the hero,” says Matthew Gutschick, the show’s director. “Homer has become the archetype of a father. Marge, the mother. Lisa, the sister.”
The idea that ‘The Simpsons’ would be the thing that survived from our culture today, does seems a little wierd to Gutschick, though.
“Pretty ironic, maybe a little bit tragic, but definitely hilarious,” he says.
‘Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play’ is produced by Parallel 45 Theatre Company in Traverse City, and runs May 31 through June 4.