After a sudden change in directors, Kenan Theatre Company will present "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play" starting April 11. The new director hopes that, despite time issues, the play will present a complicated apocalyptic world.
Aubrey Snowden replaced Jason Tyne-Zimmerman for the production of "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play," with limited issues. Snowden and the cast and crew, though working with time constraints, have worked together through the obstacles.
“I think meeting those challenges together as an acting company and then the crew, it feels like we’ve cultivated a really great sense of community for this production, which I really think does then translate to the work that happens on stage,” Snowden said.
The play is separated into three acts with three different locations in three different time periods. Nellie Wise, the set designer, said the set transforms from act to act with a tarp fabric falling down at the end of the first act, and the wall collapsing at the end of the second.
"Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play" contains many pop culture references, the most prominent being The Simpsons, especially the episode "Cape Feare." The main characters at the beginning of the play try to remember the episode, and in the last act, those characters reenact the episode in an operatic format.