OCTOBER 28-NOVEMBER 14, 2021
RIFFE CENTER THEATRES
BY: Anne Washburn
DIRECTED BY: Leda Hoffmann
A post-apocalyptic tale of survival, compassion, and the enduring power of The Simpsons. Using multiple studio theatres, Mr. Burns combines music, laughter, and tears in a thrilling theatrical experience that explores the need for community, entertainment, and storytelling in a world where everything familiar has disappeared. This celebration of stories reminds us we can rebuild community after a world changing event.
Recommended for ages 12+
Eli Brickey is thrilled to be joining such a knockout cast/creative team. As an avid fan of The Simpsons, being cast in this role is a dream come true. Most recent credits include Carrie White (Carrie) and Poppy (Noises Off) at Columbus Immersive Theatre and Short North Stage. Eli has toured as an actor and arts educator with Columbus Children’s Theatre. Additional local highlights include Agnes (Agnes of God) and Mary Warren (The Crucible). As well as Eponine (Les Miserables), Mary (Jesus Christ Superstar), Kate Monster/Lucy (Avenue Q) at Weathervane Playhouse, I would love to thank Leda and the folks at CATCO for this unique opportunity.
Jonathan Putnam appeared in the first show at CATCO’s old Park Street Theatre in 1986. Since then he has acted in or directed over fifty shows for CATCO, most recently in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Final Table, and Educating Rita. Locally, he has also appeared at Tantrum Theatre, Evolution Theatre, and Short North Stage. He has an MFA from The Ohio State University and is a member of Actors’ Equity and SAG/AFTRA. He currently serves on the Nominating Committee for the 2022 SAG Awards.
Oluchi Nwokocha is ecstatic to be making her CATCO debut in Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play. Last seen in Lights Up! 2021 at City Lights Theatre. Previous credits: Under Milk Wood at The Pear Theatre, Sappho at Cutting Ball Theatre, The Claim at Shotgun Players, Slaughter City at Performers Under Stress, The Lady Scribblers at Custom Made Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Marin Shakespeare Company, Macbeth at African-American Shakespeare, We are Proud to Present… at San Jose Stage, Clybourne Park at The Hippodrome Theatre. Upcoming: Oluchi will be participating in the Maria Irene Fornes playwriting workshop lead by playwrights Migdalia Cruz and Anne Garcia Romero. Oluchi holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. Oluchi is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Miami University—Go RedHawks! You can follow her on Instagram @loochluch.
Brian Gray is a singer/actor living on the East Side of Columbus, and is excited to be making his CATCO debut! Previous credits include [Porto], Dance Nation, and Bootleg Radio with Available Light Theatre, Rent (Collins), Hairspray (Seaweed), and Sister Act (TJ) with Imagine Productions, Annie (Rooster), and 1940’s Radio Hour (Neal) with SoArtsPro, and Zanna Don’t (Arvin) with Evolution Theatre.
Acacia Duncan is happy to be returning to the CATCO stage where she was last seen in The Rubenstein Kiss. As a founding member of Available Light Theatre, she has had numerous roles: actor, director, choreographer, costume designer, writer. A few favorites include: Every Brilliant Thing, Dance Nation, You Got Older, John Cage 101, Pride & Prejudice, Don Quixote, and Cymbeline. She has also performed with Actor’s Theatre, Wild Women Writing, Gallery Players, Red Herring and others. During the day, Acacia is the Director of Training and Coaching for Articulation, helping leaders excel as confident and compelling speakers. But more than anything, she loves to escape into nature and camp with her husband, Matt.
Nicolette Montana is overjoyed to be returning to the CATCO stage where she has been seen in Sex with Strangers (Olivia), Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy), and Evil Dead (Linda). Other favorite roles include Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie and Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She has also choreographed local high school, community, and professional productions including West Side Story (CCT), Meet Me in St. Louis (Weathervane), Newsies (Gallery Players), and Spring Awakening (All-Ohio). Nicolette is a resident of Hilliard and serves as Managing Partner of Essential Title Partners in Dublin.
Scott Douglas Wilson
Scott Douglas Wilson is thrilled to be working with CATCO once again! Previous CATCO credits include Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A graduate of OSU (MFA ’09) and Otterbein University (BFA ’02), Scott has worked as an actor and educator throughout the country, from NYC to South Florida. Recent regional credits include Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Evolution Theatre Company); A Better Nobler Man (Red Herring Theater Company); Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Red Herring Theater Company); Terms of Endearment (Ember Women’s Theatre Company); The Zoo Story (Columbus Civic Theater); Frankenstein (Actors’ Theatre of Columbus); The NSA’s Guide to Sex and Love (MadLab Theatre); The Shadow Box (Adrenaline Theatre Group).
Scott Douglas WilsonMatt/Mr. Burns
Shauna Marie Davis
Shauna Marie Davis is a human. She is very fortunate to get to do weird things on stage with other humans. The last thing she did on stage with other humans was a musical called Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Trinity Theatre Company. She is so happy and grateful to be back with her CATCO theatre fam making art!