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Anson Mount

Anson Mount

I grew up in the Highland Rim region of Tennessee. My father was the religion editor for Playboy Magazine (no, I’m not joking) and my mother was a professional golfer. I studied theater at The University of the South where I began writing plays in 1994 and later received my M.F.A. at Columbia University. I work as a professional actor and remain unproduced as a playwright.

 

Atomic City

Meant primarily as a farce (and a direct spoof of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town), Atomic City takes place in a fictional town where the people are told that continuing their work in the local missile factory will keep them safe from external threats. Of course every post-modern theater piece needs its narrator and, in this case, it is an over-worked and harried Jesus Christ. Warning us that this is his first foray into experimental theater, Jesus introduces us to the denizens of Atomic City, including the feral and incredibly daft George, as well as Emily, a smart girl with a penchant for Marxist literature. Just as in Our Town, we eventually see George and Emily leaving the comfortable nests of their respective homes; except here we also see Emily begin to get ideas about bringing power to the people… and not just the people of the factory… the people of the play as well. As Jesus Christ begins to lose control of his production, new questions arise as to what is fact, what is fiction, and what will bring true power to the people of Atomic City.