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. Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.
Winner - 2015 Whiting Award
Nominated - 2014 Drama League Award for Outstanding Play
Jesse Aukeman (Gibson/Mr. Burns) is thrilled to return to the Actors' Theatre stage with such a wonderful ensemble after previously appearing in ATGR's productions of Stupid Fucking Bird and Water by the Spoonful. Other local credits include Beauty and the Beast at Shadblow Theatre, Clybourne Park at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Death of a Salesman at Jewish Theatre, and The Pillowman and Into the Woods with Theater616.
David Brown (Matt/Bart Simpson) is thrilled to be making his second onstage appearance with Actors’ Theatre, having recently played J.D. in Actors’ production of Heathers: The Musical. Before being introduced to the community theatre scene, David enjoyed several wonderful roles on his high school stage: Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Lumière, Beauty and the Beast among them.
Linnae Caurdy (Colleen/Scratchy) was last seen in Actors' Theatre productions of Rapture, Blister, Burn as Catherine and Grace as Ruth. She also appeared in Civic Theatre’s The Great Gatsby last season. A Grand Rapids native, Linnae graduated from Alma College before heading to San Francisco. There, she completed a two-year program at the Meisner Technique Studio and was an associate company member of Actors Theatre San Francisco. In New York, she acted with and helped produce works for Play Club of the Unknown Artists. Back in southeast Michigan, she appeared in INVASION! (Planet Ant) and many original works including Small Hours Serenade (Puzzle Piece Theatre), Virtues, Suspicions, and Seven Deadly Scenes (From Around Here Productions).
Sydney Doornbos (Jenny/Itcy) is so happy to be back on the stage at Actors’ Theatre! She is so honored to be a part of this production of Mr. Burns! Sydney has appeared on Circle Theater's stage in The '39 steps, GRCC's All My Sons, and Reborning, and on the Actors’ stage in 4000 Miles and Rapture, Blister, Burn.
Audrey Filson (Quincy/Lisa Simpson) is so excited to make her debut at Actors' Theatre in Mr. Burns. Locally, she has performed with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (The Great Gatsby, Les Miserables) and Circle Theatre (Spamalot, Jesus Christ Superstar). Regional credits include seasons with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (Grand Lake, CO), Heartland Festival (Platteville, WI), and Studio Tenn (Nashville, TN) as well as the National Tour of Grease.
Sam Klaskow (Edna)- This is Sam’s first show with Actors’ Theatre and she is so excited to be a part of this production. Some favorite roles include the Witch in Into The Woods and Female Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive with University of Michigan- Flint. Locally, Moby Dick! The Musical with Circle Theatre and The Pirates of Penzance with Aquinas College! Sam has a BFA from UM-Flint and and M.Ed from GVSU.
Macey Madias (Maria/Marge) is delighted to be returning to the Actors’ Theatre stage in Mr. Burns! Some of her local credits include Martha (Heathers The Musical) Zura (Northeast) and Joanne (Company ~ Collegiate Grand Award recipient). When Macey is not on stage she enjoys working as a production designer in the Grand Rapids area.
Ray Sierengowski (Sam/Homer Simpson) Is humbled and delighted to be making his return to Actors’ Theatre. Ray was last seen playing several roles in Heathers The Musical. Food Scientist by day, voice actor by night and owner of www.ourvoiceoverguy.com, Ray has been a commercial voice actor for radio, TV, and corporate imaging for 15 years. No stranger to the spotlight, Ray is known throughout West Michigan for his public and media appearances representing a vast selection of specialty food products throughout his professional career.