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SmartArts: Why Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play Is Richard Watts’ ‘Stand-Out Independent Production of the Year So Far’

In The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative, Thomas King, a writer of Cherokee and Greek/German-American descent, astutely observes that ‘we’ collectively are no more than the stories we tell about ourselves and each other. Lightning Jar Theatre’s latest production, Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play, takes this idea, albeit with more than a dash of The Simpsons, and multi-layered references to contemporary pop culture, to explore how we might find a sense of communal belonging in a future, post-apocalyptic world.

Director John Kachoyan and performer Hannah Greenwood join SmartArts Richard Watts to talk about the challenges of staging Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play, now showing at fortyfivedownstairs, and how the play embodies the idea that all art takes, makes, borrows and remixes the past into the present and future.

Mr Burns a Post-Electric Play
Listen to SmartArts: Why Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play Is Richard Watts’ ‘Stand-Out Independent Production of the Year So Far’14:3921 February 2019