“Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play” opens with a group of survivors in the wake of an apocalyptic disaster. Alone in the woods, they piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode “Cape Feare” from memory. Over three acts, “Mr. Burns” shows how this version of The Simpsons and other snippets of pop culture (commercials, jingles, pop songs, etc.) become the foundation for a new cultural mythology.
“It shows how media changes the way we view things over time, and how time changes the way we view those things,” director Meghan Hurley said.
“Donald Trump isn’t the first president we’ve had who was famous for something other than politics before he was elected,” she added. “The current state of affairs shows how much media shapes our lives.”
“It also shows how in times of crisis people always turn to art. No matter what happens, the worst possible things happen, and people always turn back to art. It’s the thing that keeps us going,” Hurley said. “You can turn tragedy into something that becomes a form of art.”
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