mr. burns production

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

By Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn

Over a period of 75 years after the apocalypse, the story of “Cape Fear” as told by the TV show The Simpsons evolves from a pop culture icon to mythology in this darkly comic examination of man’s instinct to survive and the role live performance plays in a post-apocalyptic recovery.   

March 1 @7:30pm
March 2 @7:30pm
March 3 @2:00 pm & 7:30pm
March 4 @2:00pm

Tickets $12 - $14
Albert Taylor Theatre

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Event Date

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:30pm to Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 2:00pm


Delaney Schmidt

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Frankfort, Illinois

Delaney Schmidt has recently appeared as the female swing in Wintertime (Millikin Mainstage). Other credits include: Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe and Bachelorette (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); Heathers: The Musical and Dogfight (The Drama Group); and The Addams Family, Peter Pan, and Into the Woods (Lincoln-Way North HS).


Erica Mendez

Senior BFA Acting, Entrepreneurship Minor

Chicago, Illinois

Erica Mendez - Credits include HEADSHOT!, Little Shop of Horrors, and Equinox: A Concert of Dance (Millikin Mainstage); The Drowsy Chaperone, Oliver!, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, Beauty and the Beast, and Black Comedy (Stahl Family Theatre); and American Girl Revue (American Girl Theatre).


Olivia Irmiter

Junior BFA Acting, Gender Studies Minor

Chicago, Illinois

Olivia Irmiter has most recently appeared on the Millikin Mainstage as Bob in Wintertime; and as Lena Hansen in Eric Hermannson’s Soul as a part of the Millikin University New Musicals Workshop program. Olivia has worked as the female swing for both Mauritius (Millikin Mainstage), and What I Didn’t Learn in College (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre).


Patricia Bales

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Martinsville, Indiana

Patricia Bales - Credits include 9 to 5 (Ensemble), Heathers: The Musical (Young Republicanette), Little Shop of Horrors (ensemble), The Addams Family (Stand In and Cousin It), and Nice Work if You Can Get It (Pit singer) at Millikin University; and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Seussical: The Musical (Gertrude McFuzz), and Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) at Martinsville High School.


Cian Evans-Grayson

Sophomore BFA Acting

Madison, Wisconsin

Cian previously performed in the Millikin Mainstage Production of Intimate Apparel as Mayme and in Middleton's production of Bring It On in 2016. She enjoys collaging, thrifting, and spending time with friends in her spare time.


Kevin Harris

Senior BFA Acting

East St. Louis, Illinois

Kevin Harris - Credits include As You Like It, Little Shop of Horrors, Rough Magic, and Measure for Measure (Millikin Mainstage); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar (YSP); and he recently served an internship at The Black Repertory Theatre Company of St. Louis.


Joshua Miller

Senior BFA Acting

Chicago, Illinois

This is Joshua’s last time on the Millikin stage. He has graced Millikin's stage with not only his talent for performing, but also his writing. He is proud to be wrapping up his Millikin career in the role of Sam in Millikin Universities production of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. While this is the last show he will be in, he is extremely excited to be stepping outside of his comfort zone and challenging himself with his art, because "The earth without "ART", is just "EH".


Benjamin Brawner

Senior BFA Acting

Oswego, Illinois

Benjamin has recently appeared in As You Like It, HEADSHOT!, Blood Wedding, Rough Magic, and Measure for Measure on the Millikin Mainstage. He has also performed in The Undeniable Sound of Right Now at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre.


Andrew Cliatt

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Quincy, Illinois

Andrew Cliatt has most recently been seen in Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre’s production of The Bachelorette as Joe. He appeared on the Millikin Mainstage in Blood Wedding as the Moon and in The Addams Family as Lucas. He is super excited to be here and hopes everyone enjoys the show.


Daniel Nieves

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Chicago, Illinois

Daniel is ecstatic to continue his collegiate journey as he courses through his sophomore year at Millikin. His previous Mainstage credits include As You Like It (Silvius) and Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ensemble). He would like to thank the faculty for guiding and shaping his creative process, and his friends and family for their unconditional love and support. Enjoy the show!


Alexandra Naranjo

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Dallas, Texas

Alexandra has recently appeared in the role of Emma Borden in Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre's production of LIZZIE. Back home in Texas, her favorite roles include Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (Collin Theatre Center), Marcy Park in Spelling Bee (Plano Reperatory Theatre), and Shelley Parker in Bat Boy (Art Center Theatre). She is very excited to be making her Millikin Mainstage debut.


Katie Meyer      

Senior BFA Acting, Communications and Dance Minor

Oswego, Illinois

Katie Meyer was most recently seen as Mrs. Van Buren in Intimate Apparel (Millikin University). Other credits include Audrey in As You Like It, Mara Love in Kari Margolis's production of HEADSHOT! (Millikin University); Estelle in No Exit, (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Fiona in Shrek, Gertrude in Seussical (Limelight Theatre Company). Special thanks to her loving parents, Denzel, and her special family of friends for their endless support!

Production Team

Sarah Crockarell


Visiting Instructor

School of Theatre and Dance

Millikin University


Jacob R. Shaffer


Senior B.A. Theater, Gender Studies Minor

Carbondale, Illinois

At Millikin, Jacob has been seen onstage as Ensemble/Mushnik Understudy in Little Shop of Horrors and behind the scenes as Dramaturg for As You Like It. In addition to his work on the Mainstage, Jacob has started an immersive theatre company with a fellow student, Taylor Blaze Lindemann, and together they have produced productions of Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing. This semester he will also be producing a staged reading of his original play Larger Than The Life of the Party, a verbatim epic play about the 1912 Presidential election. He intends to graduate in May and move to Chicago before pursuing his MFA in Dramaturgy.


Samson Callear

Scenic Design

Sophomore BFA Design & Production

Peoria, Illinois

Theatrical credits include Assistant Scenic Designer for 9 to 5, Paint Charge for Intimate Apparel and As You Like It, Stitcher for 9 to 5, Intimate Apparel, and Wintertime, and Carpenter for As You Like It, Heathers: The Musical, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, and Phantom of the Opera.


Wyatt Burton

Costume Design

BFA Theatre Design and Production, Costume Focus

Decatur, lllinois

Wyatt Burton's credits include Rough MagicThe Addams FamilyThe Magic PinaforeNice Work If You Can Get ItHeathers: The Musical, Intimate Apparel, 9 to 5 (Millikin Mainstage); A Nightmare on Backstreet and Costume Designer for The Last Smoker in America (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre). He is also currently working on Hair and Makeup for Phantom of the Opera. He is very excited to be a part of the wonder that is Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play. Professional Affiliations: Alpha Psi Omega, United States Institute of Technical Theatre: Student Membership, USITT Student Chapter: Millikin University, Chair.


Mary M. Black

Lighting Design

Associate Professor

Director of School of Theatre and Dance

Millikin University

Recent Millikin credits include Scenic Design for 9 to 5: The Musical, Heathers: The Musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Lighting Design for Rough Magic and Scenic Design and Technical Direction for Peter Pan, The Ladies Man, and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Previous design credits include Rent and Hamlet for the Station Theatre and several productions for the Decatur Park District Best of Summer Stock program.  Previous technical credits include work for Indiana University’s Opera and Theatre programs, Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre, Brown County Playhouse, and University of Iowa’s Opera and Theatre programs. Mary earned her MFA in Technical Theatre from Indiana University.


Zachary Cary

Sound Designer

First-year BFA Design and Production

St. Charles, MO

Credits include Asst. Paint Charge for 9 to 5 the Musical and Carpenter for Intimate Apparel and Wintertime (Millikin University); Scenic Design for The Ice Fishing Play with West End Players Guild; Scenic Design for Brighton Beach Memoirs, Born Yesterday, and Bus Stop (Clayton Community Theatre); Costume Crafts for Seussical and Scenic Design for The Little Mermaid (Young Peoples Theatre).


Lauren Villarreal

Stage Manager

Junior BFA Stage Management

Hemet, California

Past credits include the Millikin Mainstage production of As You Like It and the Millikin Children’s Show Super Sidekick The Musical (Stage Manager); HEADSHOT!, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Addams Family (Assistant Stage Manager) on the Millikin Mainstage; and Zorro, The Little Mermaid (Assistant Director), The New Ramona (Script Supervisor), Always, Patsy Cline (Assistant Stage Manager) at the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater.


Audrey Murphy

Assistant Stage Manager

First-year BFA Stage Management

Springfield, IL

Previous theatrical credits include assistant stage managing the Millikin TYA production of Blue Horses and Decatur Park District’s production of Guys and Dolls.


Abigail Zaccari

Assistant Stage Manager

First-year BFA Stage Management

Effingham, Illinois

Abigail was most recently an Assistant Stage Manager for the Millikin Mainstage production of 9 to 5 The Musical. She spent the last 7 summers working for The Little Theatre On The Square. Her most recent stage management credits include: Stage Manager for The Lion King Jr. and Curious George and The Golden Meatball, and Assistant Stage Manager for Fancy Nancy and MAMMA MIA!

Jenny....................Delaney Schmidt

Maria...................Erica Mendez

Colleen................Olivia Irmiter

Quincy.................Patricia Bales

Edna...................Cian Evans-Grayson

Matt...................Kevin Harris

Sam...................Joshua Miller

Gibson...............Benjamin Brawner

Swings...............Andrew Cliatt

                          Daniel Nieves

                          Alexandra Naranjo

                          Katie Meyer