Directed by Steve Cosson (artistic director of The Civilians), Mr. Burns comes to the Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater beginning August 23 after an acclaimed run in May 2012 at Washington D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The three-act play-with-music (by playwright Washburn and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson composer Friedman) is set in the aftermath of a worldwide electric apocalypse and finds a group of survivors maintaining their sanity by recalling and reenacting the 1993 Simpsons episode "Cape Feare."
Next up is the world premiere of Marlane Meyer's new play, The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters, beginning October 18 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater under the direction of Lisa Peterson (An Iliad). The eccentric comedy about the power of belief finds Aubrey, a determined romantic, believing she's met her soul mate in the womanizing Calvin, only to realize that true love is more complicated than she thought.
A world premiere production of Madeleine George's The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, directed by Leigh Silverman (Chinglish), follows on the Mainstage, beginning in November. The work is a cautionary tale and loving tribute to the people and machines we depend on, in which Sherlock Holmes' trusted sidekick, the engineer who built the Bell telephone, the Jeopardy! Supercomputer, and a contemporary techno-dweeb are combined into one and looking for love.
Kirk Lynn's Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra, directed by Anne Kauffman (Belleville), will have its world premiere at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in April. The dark comedy of tough love finds a couple that married on the condition that they'll reenact their individual sexual histories with each other forced to confront those barriers a for second time years later.
In May, the Mainstage will see the New York premiere of Fly by Night: A New Musical, a rock-fable about a young sandwich maker whose boring life is enlivened by two entrancing sisters. The tuner is written by Kim Rosenstock (Tigers Be Still), Will Connolly (Once), and Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of Our Parents).