“Like most actors, we all had a background in Shakespeare,” says Sarah Richardson, one of five artistic directors in Rude Mechanicals. “And it was way back in the dark ages in 1995 when we thought we would end up being a Shakespearean troupe.” Their company’s name is plucked from a quote by Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, regarding people who labor by day and act by night. When Rude Mechanicals began at the Off Center (a space they now run), the actors were exactly that. Now the collective performs exclusively new work, like their original off-Broadway hit adaptation of Greil Marcus' Lipstick Traces, here and on the road, across the U.S.
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