The Method Gun


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Created by Rude Mechs

"...a fiendish piece of post-ideological work. And like any great piece of theatre - or theory - it lies shamelessly to tell the truth." - New York Magazine Critics Pick (2011)

"Beneath its zany, passionate surfaces lie some fierce investigations into the nature of art...brilliantly orchestrated." - Time Out Chicago (2010)

Returning to the Texas Theatre and Dance stage, The Method Gun explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, actor-training guru of the 1960s and 70s, whose sudden emigration to South America still haunts her most fervent followers. Burden's training technique, The Approach (often referred to as "the most dangerous acting technique in the world"), fused Western acting methods with risk-based rituals in order to infuse even the smallest role with sex, death and violence.

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. Burden 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. 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Gun bounces between interior monologues, rehearsal sequences of Streetcar, and group interactions - all gleaned from historical documents - to express a longing for the return of inspiration and a more believable presentation of self in everyday life.

The Method Gun contains adult content, including language and full frontal male nudity. Appropriate for audiences 18+.

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October 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. and October 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Seating for The Method Gun will be located on the B. Iden Payne Stage. All seating is general admission.

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About Rude Mechs

Based in Austin, TX, Rude Mechs creates genre-averse live performance peppered with big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. What these works hold in common is the use of play to make performance, the use of theaters as meeting places for audiences and artists, and the use of humor as a tool for intellectual investigation. We tour these performances nationally and abroad; maintain Crashbox, a suite of rooms that are home to artists of every discipline; house a scenic lending library; and run Why We Are Here, a writing and performance workshop for displaced refugees. The quality and innovation of the company’s theatrical productions have firmly established Rude Mechs as one of Austin’s most highly valued cultural assets Rude Mechs creates new works collaboratively. The work wouldn’t exist without the generative contribution of every artist in the room. We are deeply proud to represent Austin as a home for cutting-edge theatre.

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