Thursday, March 5, 2009

Upcoming: The Method Gun and Tenebrism, Rude Mechanicals, April 9 - May 2

UPDATE, April 1: Click image for Rude Mechs' dumb "Tiger" promo video (1:30 -- one of five versions posted on YouTube)

UPDATE, April 14: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin's pre-opening piece in the Statesman's Austin360 "Seeing Things" blog

From the Rude Mecs, March 4:


a project of Creative Capital

at The Off Center
April 9 - May 2, 2009 (Thurs - Sun @ 8 pm) No performance Sunday, April 12th


written by Kirk Lynn
directed by Shawn Sides

featuring: Thomas Graves, Heather Hanna, Jude Hickey, Hannah Kenah and Lana Lesley

Nothing short of the best work this theater collective has done in its 13 years as it has carved out its well-respected reputation on the international indie theater scene...This is the Rude Mechanicals doing what they do best: crafting a rich series of stunning and surprising visual moments, lacing those moments with kinetic physical movement and wrapping it all together with a script both lyrical and cheeky.” — Austin American-Statesman

“The ‘final performance’ of Burden’s Streetcar features a characteristically Rude-ish blend of physicality and audaciousness... so precisely timed, so crisply executed... almost hypnotic.” — Austin Chronicle
"Top 10 Theatrical Treasures and Pleasures of 2008" — Austin Chronicle

"In the arts, the Eight from '08" — Austin American-Statesman

In preparation for our Spring 2010 national tour, Rude Mechs is proud to present a revisited, reworked and recast encore performance of our original play, this time on our home turf, The Off Center.

The Method Gun
explores the life, ethos, and techniques of actor-training guru, Stella Burden, as recounted through the eyes of her students. Ms. Burden’s training technique, The Approach, fused Western acting techniques and more dangerous METHODS in an effort to infuse even the smallest of roles with SEX, DEATH and VIOLENCE.

We promise: guns, pendulums, “Streetcar,” and physical danger. We make no claims on behalf of narrative, common sense, or safety.

Using found text from the journals and performance reports of Stella Burden’s company, “The Method Gun” re-enacts the final months of her company’s rehearsals for their nine-years-in-the-making production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Stella left the company under mysterious circumstances in 1972. Diaries and letters from actors in the company express a sense of desperation, inadequacy, and frustration inherent to the process of creating meaningful work for the stage and in everyday life.

Set amid swinging pendulums and talking tigers, “The Method Gun” bounces between interior monologues, rehearsal sequences of “Streetcar,” and group interactions - all gleaned from historical documents - to express a longing for the return of inspiration and a more believable presentation of self in everyday life. Click here for a production history, reviews of the April 2008 production, photos, video clips and more.


The Method Gun
will also be featured in The Fusebox Festival (April 23 - May 2) alongside new works from Rotozaza, Forced Entertainment and tEETH, as well as works from Nature Theater of Oklahoma, local heroes Rubber Repertory and showings from LeeSaar the Company.
We will accept a limited number of Fusebox Passes each night of the festival. To make your reservation, secure the passholder password from Fusebox and make your reservation using the Brown Paper Tickets link above. Select "Fusebox Pass" as your ticket type. You must arrive at the box office no later than 7:45 pm with your pass and valid ID in hand. Unclaimed passholder reservations will be released at 7:45 pm each night.

The Method Gun
has received support from Creative Capital Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund, The Orchard Project, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Humanities Institute and The Harry Ransom Center. Rude Mechs is supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.

featuring Jeremey Catterton and Jayne Deis

April 16 - 18, 2009 (Thurs - Sat @ 10:30 pm)
each night after The Method Gun at The Off Center


"Fans of more traditionally-structured theater may not be thrilled by the informality and edginess of this dark farce, but I really enjoyed it." – David De Young,

Rude Mechs is crazy proud to host the work of Minneapolis-based theatre company Lamb Lays with Lion with their original performance, Tenebrism.

is the first experiment in the Theatre of Disruption.
Performed in an intentionally fragile atmosphere, Lamb Lays with Lion blurs the line of performance and reality by sharing its failure with the audience.

is inspired by the religious imagery of Renaissance painter Caravaggio, Martin Scorsese’s "The Last Temptation of Christ," and legendary rock star Ian Curtis and his iconic post-punk band, Joy Division.
The host, Jeremey, promises the audience a show about Jesus, Joy Division, and Caravaggio. However, as Tenebrism unfolds, it becomes clear that the real performance is in witnessing just how hard it is for Jeremey and his assistant, Jayne, to get the show to “go on” at all.

is the result of Lamb Lays with Lion’s “Theatre of Disruption” approach to creating ensemble performance.

is performed by Lamb Lays with Lion founding-members, Jeremey Catterton and Jayne Deis.

promises to be an unforgettable evening of entertainment.

Lamb Lays with Lion is an original and experimental theater company. We dedicate ourselves to the maintained integrity of performance, the exploration of unique and radical new forms, the discovery of virtual and spectral expressions, and most importantly, we strive toward being a leading force behind the thrust into a new age of art. For more information about this production or the company, please visit
Lamb Lays with Lion company includes: Cameron Brainard, Jeremey Catterton, Jayne Deis, Julia Mae Fairbanks, Jake Lindgren, Katie Rose McLaughlin, Melissa Ann Murphy, Jacob Mullis, Dan O’Neil, Ashley Smith and Carl Atiya Swanson.

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