TCG Publishes Mr. Burns and Other Plays

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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Mr. Burns and Other Plays by Anne Washburn. It premiered in the spring of 2012 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and transferred Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in the fall of 2013. It is has since been produced regionally in several theatres across the country. 


“So smart it [makes] your head spin...Downright brilliant… With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself...I look forward to remembering it for a long, long time.”

—Ben Brantley, New York Times


Anne Washburn’s plays blend naturalistic human presence with formal thought experiments that drive at the question of what storytelling means to human survival. Via high-and-low storytelling, Washburn writes about contemporary and near-future culture, calling on Homer, Euripides, the prophet Jeremiah, the world of fantasy games and The Simpsons. This volume also contains 10 Out of 12, The Small, and I Have Loved Strangers.

“Washburn is not your ordinary playwright. The pleasures of her work are fugitive, sidelong and slippery.”

—David Cote, Time Out New York


Anne Washburn’s plays include The Internationalist, The Communist Dracula Pageant, and Antlia Pneumatica. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship and a Time Warner Fellowship. She is a member of 13P, The Civilians, and she is a New Georges affiliated artist.


For over 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 Member Theatres and Affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 14 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.


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