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*Regional Premiere

By Anne Washburn
Directed by Brian Weaver

Yes, THAT Mr. Burns. Acclaimed playwright Anne Washburn leads us into an unlikely post-catastrophe, post-electricity future in which survivors pass the time recounting episodes from The Simpsons. As they are told, and told, and told again, these snippets from our pop culture become the stuff of epics, myths, and legends. Audiences in the hometown of Simpsons creator Matt Groening (and the city where playwright Washburn spent her college years) are in for a wacky, geeky, unapologetically original theatrical treat.

“Downright brilliant…With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself… Mr. Burns…makes the case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.” (The New York Times).

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Please join us for this exciting event pulling together three apprentices from three different apprentice years!

Mind Over Matter  was developed by Portland Playhouse Education Director Nikki Weaver and Board Chair Harold Goldstein in response to the remarkable solo performance pieces created by Portland Playhouse apprentices over the last three years.  Each performer is a former Portland Playhouse apprentice who devised and created this work under the mentorship of Portland Playhouse company members and faculty.  The stories they tell are their own lived experiences.

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The Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company

Eight Solo Shows dealing with themes from family to national identity, to fear, to love, and all of the above.  

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