The Dystopia Of Anne Washburn 's Play, Mr. Burns : A Post Electric Play
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The kinds of popular culture that survive in the dystopia of Anne Washburn’s play, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric play addresses our own engagement with popular culture in many ways. The purposes of popular culture sometimes change or remain the same. Popular culture is with us throughout our lives in times of triumph and anxiety. Washburn’s play focuses on a group of people who recall an episode of The Simpsons during a time of crisis. They compare lines and characters in order to better understand the environment around them and they talk about it to entertain themselves. Recalling an old episode was an activity for the characters to spend time during a period of nuclear disaster. This type of entertainment gives the audience interest, relief, and excitement in a dull boring life. Their form of engagement with popular culture is similar to ours through interaction and point of view.
The first Act of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play is set during a time of a dystopian society because of a nuclear disaster in the country. People did not have a form of entertainment because they had no electricity, television, and digital entertainment. They had to rethink the way that they entertained themselves. Therefore, in the first act, a group of people sits around a campfire to talk about The Simpsons: Cape Feare episode. This scene addresses our own engagement with popular culture through interaction. People of all backgrounds meet and bond with each other through popular culture. For