Homer Simpson may not be much of a theatergoing type, but he could definitely get behind the promotion that the ACT is running to promote their newest show, Mr. Burns. For the entirety of the play's run (February 18-March 15), the local theater company has teamed up with Dynamo Donuts and Bartlett Hall to offer special Simpsons-themed versions of Homer's two favorite foods: donuts and beer.
Dynamo's "D'oh Nut," which will be sold at its Mission and Marina Green locations as well as at the theater during intermission, is a vanilla-orange donut with a pink raspberry-beer glaze and a dusting of rainbow sprinkles (it's more or less an identical replica of Homer's preferred pastry). And while Bartlett Hall won't be pouring pints of Duff (which you can only get at the Simpsons theme park at Universal Orlando or if you live in Latin America), they will have a German-style kolsch, Burns' Brew, to quench theater patrons' thirst. Anyone who stops in before or after the show and shows their ticket will even get a free appetizer to pair with the beer.
In case the concept of a Simpsons play has you scratching your head, this is no Simpsons: The Musical. Mr. Burns, written by Anne Washburn, was one of the most acclaimed plays of the 2013 New York theater season (it even made the New York Times' top 10 list for the year), and is making its West Coast debut at the ACT in a production directed by Mark Rucker. Subtitled "A post-electric play," it's set in a post-apocalyptic society where a group of survivors band together to recreate the classic "Cape Feare" episode, and end up unintentionally creating a new mythos for future societies (hopefully one that involves a lot of Sideshow Bob stepping on rakes). If you're interested in catching the show as well as the snacks, check out their lineup of tie-in events, including a Q&A with Jon Vitti, the writer of the episode, and a Wente Vineyards-sponsored wine series.