The Method Gun

Wednesday, September 10 - 14, 2014
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
$15.00 - $25.00

Presented by the Department of Theatre & Dance

The Method Gun
Written by Kirk Lynn
Directed by Shawn Sides
Created by Rude Mechs

“charming… gorgeously rendered… both stunning and haunting.” – American Theatre Magazine

“The Rudes craft compelling theater… The Method Gun packs more intensity and more poignancy… And the final scene… emerges as one of the most polished, gorgeous, breathtaking and riveting moments on an Austin stage.” -Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman

A play about the ecstasy and excesses of performing, the dangers of public intimacy and the incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life, Rude Mechs’ widely acclaimed work returns to Austin.

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Gun bounces between interior monologues, rehearsal sequences of Streetcar, and group interactions – all gleaned from historical documents – to express a longing for the return of inspiration and a more believable presentation of self in everyday life.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

View The Method Gun Program

About Rude Mechs
Rude Mechs is the Resident Theatre Company of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.

Rude Mechs is an Austin-based collective theatre company that has created a genre-defying cocktail of over 30 original plays that have produced at their venue, The Off Center, in Austin, Texas, since 1999. Their most recent productions include Stop Hitting Yourself, which premiered in Lincoln Center Theatre in New York in January 2014, Now Now Oh Now, a National Theatre Pilot selectee touring fall 2014 to Duke University, Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and Miami Light, and The Method Gun, which has toured New York City, Los Angeles, New Haven, Columbus, Boston, Portland, Philadelphia, and Brisbane (Australia). Most recently, Rude Mechs was honored with an induction to The Austin Arts Hall of Fame.

September 10, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30pm
September 13, 14 at 2pm

Join us for post performance discussion Friday, September 12
The Method Behind The Method Gun
The Method Gun has grown over the past seven years and undergone many transformations. The development process was highly influenced by audience feedback. Having toured all over the nation and performed at the Humana Festival, The Method Gun finally returns home. Come join us after the show to talk with the show creators about the development and creative process.

Reviews, Resources and More
UT Department of Theatre and Dance website
Maps and Directions
General Ticketing Information
Theatre and Dance on Facebook
Theatre and Dance on Twitter
Rude Mechs website

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Review: The Method GunAustin Chronicle

Rude Mechs | The Method Gun from on Vimeo.

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