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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

What happens when the lights go out on society as we know it? Ole Miss Theatre & Film presents a pop-culture take on the apocalypse.

Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future.

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 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. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.

A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

The show opens Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Meek Auditorium. An opening-night reception at the Oxford-University Depot will follow the performance.

Additional showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-10 and 12-16 and 2 p.m. Feb. 9-10 and 16-17. Tickets are available at the Ole Miss Box Office or by calling 662-915-7411.