Friday, August 11, 2017
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. Mr. Burns, a post-electric play turns an eye to the communal creation of myth by exploring a post-apocalyptic landscape where yesterday's pop culture (an episode of "The Simpsons" pieced together entirely from memory) is rehashed as a myth of perseverance.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the United States is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without "precondition". Stating the US "cannot accept" a nuclear-armed North Korea but called on the two countries to begin a dialogue, Tillerson called it unrealistic to say we're only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your nuclear weapons program as they have too much invested" in their program and that President Trump is realistic about that.
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