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A Post-Electric Play
“Mr. Burns: The Post-Electric Play” is not about “The Simpson”as it may be seen from
the outlook. However, it relies on “The Simpsons,” and from the ‘Cape Feare,’ 1993 episode.
The central idea in Anne Washburn was to take the piece of typical modern television and push it
through the apocalypse to determine what actually happened to it. She, therefore, settled on The
Simpson”, which is undoubtedly the longest running television show of all times. Mr. Burns
slightly dramatizes the cultural transmission process in the era of mass media.
The costume designer is a professional responsible for creating the mood and looks for
the actors and actresses in the film. This is achieved through designing the clothing worn on
stage and through accessories selection that defines every character. The play was a trip that took
the reader back in time and came up with what ordinary people may have around their houses
that could work for them. Alex Jaeger, the consumer designer, employs similar philosophy in his
design. The vision concerns the modification of things in people’s minds. It also includes how
individuals think about them. He concentrates on how the actors take distinct meaning for the
audience and what the audience learns from them.
The lighting designer makes the appropriate use of the powerful, and slight medium of
light, which creates the effects that may be temporary changed to match the action and moods on
the actors. The play is set in the future without the power grid. There are no lighting boards that
are plugged into the walls. Nichols’ lighting involves the scene lit by the flashlights that the
audience holds and sometimes the calcium carbide lantern. The scene uses the ancient wind-up
phonographs instead of the PA system. This works perfectly because the play involves making
the old new again.
One important function of the director is coordinating. His responsibility involves
bringing together the designs and concept in staging, pace, performance, and acting. This
element of staging was most appealing and memorable. The venue played a critical role. The
theatre space was exciting since it holds many possibilities where different things happen.
Choosing the right space helped to finds the cool harmony between the play and space. The

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director gave other managers the free reigns to make the theatre space exciting and colorful.
Choosing the unique location was also pertinent in attracting the audience.
The final moments appears to be the beat-up version of “The Simpson.” The end shows
Mr. Burns on a treadmill ("Mr. Burns” 1). The characters have learned how to generate
electricity after a long period without it. Instead of using the bicycle, exercise machines are used
to turn the big fans making it a bit of a practical object. Other things discussed in the end include
the auditorium light fixture and flickering of the chandelier. Eventually, the central conflict is
discussed. The problem of lack of electricity is addressed when the actors learn how to generate
it without relying on the other bodies to provide it.
The department of theatre at the University of Illinois would choose to produce the play
because it features the vibrant scenes that are relevant to the modern world. The actions of the
play stem from the nuclear power plant failures in the east. Washburn’s tale is funny, bold, and
sad. It covers the topic including group politics, friendship, and survival skills like trauma,
religion, capitalism, and family. It gives the sole purpose of art and storytelling. Before the play
starts, there was plenty of electricity causing meltdown of nuclear plants. Cities and families are
scattered while the resource is scarce. These issues are important to understanding the process of
civilization in the modern world. The play also uses prominent shows such as “The Simpson”
making it justifiable to be produced in the university.
The opening acts of the play present a casual feeling to the audience. This is an
appropriate way to explain other ideas of plays within the play. The characters understand each
other when they share the safe and universal memories in the intimate campfire setting. The
comfort needs in the actors indicates the intensity of how bad things were in the catastrophic
world. It is also a sign of the extent of change starting from the ancient times. The ancestors also
shared their fictional stories as they lived through the dark nights. The play, therefore,
communicates to the audience that through retelling “The Simpson” memories, the actors tries to
ward off the memories of terror that they live through.
The production appealed to me because it was like a trip. It is unusually organized and
structured production. It is a straightforward narrative. I liked the end act of the play. The first
story turned into a profoundly established social vine from which have developed the creatures
and legends of this new age. Through the "Cape Feare" part, the offspring of survivors have
handled their dread of Armageddon, disorder, demise, and radioactive transformation. The
attributes of Mr. Burns has developed into a definitive demon.
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Surname 1 Name Course Tutor Date A Post-Electric Play “Mr. Burns: The Post-Electric Play” is not about “The Simpson”as it may be seen from the outlook. However, it relies on “The Simpsons,” and from the ‘Cape Feare,’ 1993 episode. The central idea in Anne Washburn was to take the piece of typical modern television and push it through the apocalypse to determine what actually happened to it. She, therefore, settled on “The Simpson”, which is undoubtedly the longest running television show of all times. Mr. Burns slightly dramatizes the cultural transmission process in the era of mass media. The costume designer is a professional responsible for creating the mood and looks for the actors and actresses in the film. This is achieved through designing the clothing worn on stage and through accessories selection that defines every character. The play was a trip that took t ...
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