The Off Center
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.
Those irrepressible Rude Mechs, counting down the days until expulsion from their longtime HQ, present a staged reading of the newest, memory-riddled play by Sherry Kramer. Directed by Madge Darlington. Sat., April 22 - Fri., April 28Fri., April 28, 8pm. $10 ($5, students).
This here's a free reading of the play – adapted by Lana Lesley, based on the novel by Donald Barthelme – that started things off at the Off Center for Austin's magisterial Rude Mechs back in 1999. Note: After the (brilliant) cast performs, a fully interactive evening of boozing and shmoozing will follow. Sun., April 30, 5pm. Free.