After the apocalypse, would Shakespeare or Homer Simpson be remembered?

May 11, 2017

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.