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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Now in its 8th Year

Hippodrome Theatre’s
Behind-the-Scenes Play Observership


Ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at how a regional theatre brings a production from the page to the stage? Meet the theatre professionals at the Hippodrome who put it all together. In this engaging session with Hippodrome artists and staff, you will be led through the creative process of a unique theatrical experience in Mr. Burns: a post-electric play by Anne Washburn. Called “downright brilliant” by The New York Times, Mr. Burns is a tribute to live theater, the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, and an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

Participants in the Observership will witness designer presentations, the 1st rehearsal with cast read-thru of the script, observation of additional rehearsals and other elements of the artistic process including a tour of the unique theatre building and the Hippodrome’s history in it. The Observership ends with a preview performance and post-show session with the cast and creative team. Through the observership experience, participants will have gained a unique perspective on theatre as a collaborative art and the transformative power artists share in order to prepare a play for performance. Price of preview ticket included! Voucher can be issued in lieu of preview ticket.

Cost: $100 (includes 1 preview ticket)

6 meeting dates and times:
January 23 (Friday) from 3-5pm
January 30 (Friday) time TBA (1st rehearsal)
February 6 (Friday) from 3-5pm
February 12 (Thursday) 3-5pm (press run)
February 13 (Friday) from 3-5pm
February 18 (Wednesday) from approx. 7-10pm
(preview performance and afterthoughts)


Call Hippodrome Box Office at 352-375-4477.



Following the second Sunday matinee performance of Mainstage shows, playgoers can enjoy a post-show talkback with the Hippodrome’s artistic team.  These talkbacks give audience members a chance to ask actors, designers, directors and playwrights about the creative process and the unique opportunities and challenges presented by each Mainstage production.  Season subscriptions that coincide with the Mainstage talkbacks are available. 

Panel Discussions

To further explore the themes and issues raised in both our live productions and film, the Hippodrome offers post-show panel discussions to give audience members the opportunity to talk with experts on a variety of topics. Check the Hipp’s event calendar for these offerings.

Workshops & Events

Throughout the year, the Hippodrome offers educational workshops and events for adults and general audiences.   Visit our "Community Voices" page for an example of this programming.