Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (explained… a bit)

Lucas.reuben2014This Thursday, October 22nd at 5:30pm, ART@IU and Theatre Circle present CONVERSATATIONS ON CRAFT (a pre-show lecture featuring members of the creative team of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play). Set Designer Ruben Lucas will be in attendance.

Here is a sneak preview of what is in store:

“The post-electric world of Mr. Burns presents a number of challenges when represented visually and physically onstage. This is a world were the population has decreased substantially due to the ravages of a virus, fires and radiation. The society is in a state of upheaval with the sudden and dramatic loss of friends, families and culture.


The survivors are doing their best to cope with this loss through the retelling of a unifying cultural television phenomenon. This loss, the loneliness felt by the survivors and the desire to hold onto the past are represented onstage by an environment that is open and expansive to further enhance the survivor’s limited population.

In addition, the physical remains of the electric world are present on stage in the form of an aging and decaying warehouse environment. Without the means of manufacturing, this society has put more value on the retelling of these episodes than tangible items . So much so, they are willing to die and kill for the words. This warehouse is devoid of all goods expected in our current consumerist society and takes on a greater role of holding this fragile society together as a location to perform these episodes. As the retelling of these stories are passed down over the generations they become skewed and the environment follows suit with skewed forms. The large, rigid and decaying structure of the warehouse looms over this world throughout as a ruin and reminder of what once was.”

What: Conversations on Craft
When : Thursday October 22nd at 5:30pm
Where: The Studio Theatre, 275 N. Jordan Avenue



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