"...Last time we checked in with Rubber Repertory's Matt Hislope, the frequency of his sexual encounters had just been hitched to a Fusebox Festival fundraising auction: Each instance of Hislope coitus within the year was to be noted with the delivery of a coffee cake to the winning bidder...."
"... It's brilliant and it's coming in April and it's heralding itself now, friends, with a wild fundraiser called 60inSIXTY, in which 60 of Austin's finest performers, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, thinkers, and community leaders perform 60 solo pieces in 60 minutes, one after the other, boom-boom-boom.And that's this Wednesday night. And, yes, there's even more to this 60inSIXTY extravaganza. But we're going to talk about only one more thing here.Because Matt Hislope's getting laid regularlyand we love coffeecake.No, seriously: Rubber Repertory'sparadigm-warping Matt Hislope and Josh Meyer were commissioned by Fusebox's Ron Berryto create a silent auction that wasn't just,you know, the same-old same-old.They were tasked with creating a silent auction of largely experiential items, as Rubber Repertory's well known for. And one of those items is this:For the next year, every time Matt Hislope has sexual relations with another human being,he'll deliver a coffeecake to the bid winner. See? What the fuck, right? With, in this particular case, a special emphasis on fuck. Might that mean hundreds of coffeecakes? Might it mean, ever so sadly, just a coffeecake or two? But you see the problem, biddingwise. So we interviewed the handsome young actor last week, to get a few salient details from the man most likely to know: Austin Chronicle: So, this auction item … Matt Hislope: It's called "Have a Good Morning If Matt Has A Good Night," and with this experience, for one year's time, any time that I have sexual relationswith another human being, the following morning I will drive tothe auction winner's doorstep and deliver a coffeecake. Chronicle: When you say "with another human being," it'd most often be phrased that way in the interests of not narrowing it down to a specific gender. But, look, I've gotta ask: Did you also want to make it exclusive so's not to include non-human species? I mean, uh, would that have been a possibility otherwise? Hislope: Ah, you know, I don't want to paint too vanilla a portrait of myself … But, no, we wanted to say "with another human being" to clarify that this wouldn't be just any time I masturbate. Chronicle: Ha! Or else, if normalcy is any indication, there'd be coffeecakes falling from the sky … Hislope: [laughs] Chronicle: So, full disclosure, I intend to bid the hell out of this item myself. And so I'm hoping, with this interview, to see what sort of investment I might be making here. In the past three years, what's been the frequency of your sexual relations?What's the average? Is there a, what's it called, a mean, median, and mode? Hislope: Well, there's an ebb and flow. I'd say a safe average would be once or twice a week. Chronicle: So we're looking at at least 25 coffeecakes. Hislope: At the very least 25, yes. We should be clear, also, that we're looking at a serving of coffeecake, not necessarily an entire coffeecake. Chronicle: A serving..."
"...Right, see, we figured you'd want to know a bit more about Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope, the Rubber Repertory duo who (along with Rebecca Beagle and a particularly enabling cast and crew) have created The Casket of Passing Fancy. Thus do we provide this Web Extra of a few unpublished chunks of the interview that was mined to create "The Choice Is Yours," by Wayne Alan Brenner..."
"...If you were listing Austin's top songwriters, Dick Price might not be a name you'd rush to include – unless you were Matt Hislope. As one-half of the Rubber Repertory creative team, the Esther's Follies star co-produced two revues of Price's songs, and tonight he opens a third: Ordinary Peephole: The Songs of Dick Price...."
"..."Most of the women were bleeding from their anuses after two days, for some unexplained reason," says Rubber Repertory's Josh Meyer, waiting in line at Luby's Cafeteria with me and his partner in theatre, Matt Hislope. He's talking about an experience they had during a study-abroad program in Greece, via the University of Kansas..."
"...Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope, founders and directors of the Rubber Repertory theatre company, had gone on indefinite hiatus following their original, stunning Jubilee at the Off Center in April 2012. After 10 years of bringing this city such odd and compelling spectacles as the Biography of Physical Sensation and Surprise Annie and The Casket of Passing Fancy and Mister Z Loves Company, the two University of Kansas alumni staged their final public show and parted ways: Meyer to L.A., to ply his commercial-acting trade and reignite a romantic connection there; Hislope to return to a gig among the hardworking jesters of Esther's Follies on Sixth Street...."
"...When Rubber Repertory started auditioning for its new show – the company's last before an "indeterminate hiatus" as half of its producing duo moves to Los Angeles – they didn't know much of anything about what they'd be putting on stage. "Our one thing was that we didn't want audience participation," co-Artistic Director Matt Hislope says...."
"...You park with engine off, while carhops proffer cooling washcloths (free) and hawk lemonade sort of a Sonic drive-in for the theatre-going set. The pure radio-play nature of the project is in evolution, for in the direction of the Market, you can see a standing lamp illuminating a plush armchair and an end table replete with a glass of water and a bottle of Maalox, and in the chair is the dapper figure of actor Matt Hislope an actor on a stage, truly..."
"...According to the Internet, he's a lawyer in Fort Worth, the co-founder of the Esalen Institute, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. You have to dig deeper to find the Dick in question, but Matt Hislope is doing his darndest to change that...."
"...She's not Josh Meyer or Matt Hislope: They're the artistic directors of Rubber Repertory, the company behind Biography of Physical Sensation and The Casket of Passing Fancy and Wallace Shawn's X-rated, never-before-produced-in-America A Thought in Three Parts. But Meyer and Hislope – that adventurous Mutt and Jeff duo who also brought clever Dial-a-Tune songster Dick Price back into the limelight – are friends of La Ganga's..."
"...The title tells all. Rubber Rep co-Artistic Directors Matt Hislope and Josh Meyer have abstracted just the physical sensations from the life of a woman named Jamie Damon..."
"...Oh my, yes, there's some simulated butt-rapery and faux shit-eating that occurs as part of this disgusting, brilliant spectacle from Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope of Rubber Repertory. The company that most recently brought us The Casket of Passing Fancy – and, before that, Wallace Shawn's A Thought in Three Parts – is not a company to eschew the sexual, the scatological, the relentlessly squicky...."
"...Matt Hislope and Josh Meyer of Rubber Repertory had been thrilled just to have Wallace Shawn give his blessing to their production of his notoriously sexual 1975 play, A Thought in Three Parts. Then Wally came to town..."
"...And the relative barbarity of the next part, the sexual abandon (such that "abandon" is a corseted, petticoated understatement) of the next part is foreshadowed only subtly: by the woman's wearing a pearl necklace with the first of several newly purchased outfits she models for her affection-starved mate. Surely that wasn't mere coincidence: Directors Matt Hislope, Josh Meyer, and Carlos Treviño are both too canny and too joyously perverse for that to have been coincidence...."
"...The 12 actors are miraculously stuffed into tiny laundry hampers the show's "red cans" a sight that is both remarkable and bizarre. Meyer and co-director Matt Hislope felt lucky to find claustrophobia-free actors who were willing and able..."
"..."I think there was a night when I got worked up and cracked somebody's windshield." Matt Hislope recalls Physical Plant Theater's 2004 production of Wallace Shawn's The Fever atop a parking garage. In putting on a mere monologue, Hislope and his partners in crime, Josh Meyer and Carlos Treviño, not only hijacked a dozen-odd car radios for every show but generated at least one insurance claim...."
"...Anderson's picture, we haven't checked but we're willing to bet, is on the Wikipedia page defining "consummate performer." The illusions he serves up – with flashy disappearances and levitations and penetrations and pools full of water and live dogs and always a lovely assistant (although "lovely" may not be the first word that springs to mind when the assistant is a scantily-clad Matt Hislope camping it up beyond thunderdome as the aggressively gay Tomas) – the illusions, as stunning as they are, are almost an excuse for Anderson to flash his winning smile, to mess with the audience as a pop-and-locking robot or as The Amazing (and outrageously boner'd) Frank...."
"...Annie La Ganga manifests theatre. And her directors/producers/friends Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope of Rubber Repertory have likewise manifested 12 top-secret surprise venues for their latest production, Surprise Annie, which is exactly what it sounds like: two glorious, uncut hours of Annie...."
"...With Matt Hislope as the Fool, we can suffer fools gladly. Wearing his best jester getup, he jumps into the rock & roll enough to pull you out of your seat..."
"...First, because of the staging and "vigorously choreographed" is a big clue. The direction provided by Matt Hislope and Josh Meyer is nothing short of impressive..."