The Rude Mechs
Friday, February 1 • 8 p.m.
The Method Gun
Written by Kirk Lynn / Directed by Shawn Sides / Created by Rude Mechs
The New York Times has heralded Rude Mechs as one of three companies in the country “making theatre that matters.” Based in Austin, Texas, Rude Mechs creates cutting-edge theatre that defies genre and fuses together big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. Now celebrating its 15th year, this ensemble-based company has produced 23 original pieces that have been presented throughout the US and internationally and earned over 180 local and national awards and nominations. The Method Gun premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival of New Plays to critical acclaim.
In The Method Gun, the diaries and letters of acting guru Stella Burden’s followers are pieced together to recreate the company’s nine-year rehearsal process for A Streetcar Named Desire. With biting wit and surprising tenderness, The Method Gun reveals the ecstasy and excesses of performance, the incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life, and the indelible impact of mentors.
The Method Gun contains nudity, adult language, sexual situations, smoke, and gunshots. Please contact 615.322.2471 if you have further questions about the themes or content of this production.
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Program and residency made possible in part by funding from the Vanderbilt Department of Theatre.