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Washburn, Anne

Entry updated 9 October 2023. Tagged: Author, Theatre.

(circa 1970-    ) US playwright, active from before 2000, whose first drama of sf interest, Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play (performed 2012; 2013), begins in the Near Future after a worldwide Disaster has ended civilization. The play is constructed as a vaudeville enacted by a troop of unnamed characters, in the context of which various routines and memories – specifically the "Cape Feare" episode (7 October 1993) directed by Martin Scorsese of the Television series The Simpsons (1989-current) – are "tested" for their ability to carry into a Post-Holocaust world some viable Memes from before the demolition of things. As the years pass, the Simpsons characters become densely Iconic. [JC]

Anne Washburn

born Berkeley, California: circa 1970


  • Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play (London: Oberon Books, 2014) [play: first performed 28 May 2012 Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, District of Columbia: pb/]


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