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The Off Center

2211-A Hidalgo
Austin, 78702
512/476-7833
This Eastside warehouse was converted into a performance venue in 1998 and since 1999 has been managed by nationally acclaimed theatre collective Rude Mechanicals, which has built it into a multi-arts space dedicated to confounding the boundaries that separate artistic genres and a community center for artists of all disciplines. The 99-seat black-box mainstage is where the ensemble-based company develops all its brave new works for the stage (The Method Gun, Stop Hitting Yourself, Lipstick Traces, et al.), but the Rudes have formed alliances with many other artists locally, nationally, and internationally, and make the Off Center available for their work as well. It’s a prime spot to catch thought-provoking and envelope-pushing new work.

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Requiem for Tesla

Sit the fuck down, Tommy Edison, this show is about the man who really lit up the world. The Rude Mechs' amazing spectacle charting the life and times of inventor Nikola Tesla, last performed in this city more'n 10 years ago, returns in full photic force and all we can say is: See it, see it, oh, see it! It's fast. It's fierce. It's thoughtful, inspirational, and heartbreaking. Written by Kirk Lynn, directed by Shawn Sides, rocked by a great cast with Graham Reynolds music, this – and not some Cheeto-tinted cacacephaloid – this is what makes America great again. Thu., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 18Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $12-35.

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