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"...Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope, ladies and gentlemen: The co-directors of Rubber Repertory...."
"...What's that they say about beginner's luck? Rubber Repertory applies for its first-ever grant and manages to score $15,000 from the Multi-Arts Production Fund, a New York-based program established by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1988 to aid artists "who are exploring the dynamics of live performance within our changing society ... especially to support work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, or tradition." Where Rubber Rep is concerned, the grant will support the development of The Filter, a new work created in collaboration with playwright Rebecca Beegle (Don't Drown, Have You Ever Been Assassinated?)..."
"...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...."
"..."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..."
"...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...."
"...The most recent issue of the twice-yearly Esopus magazine, a printed wunderkammer you should totally know about, is strongly reminiscent of Austin's Rubber Repertory Theatre Company...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Rubber Repertory's Biography of Physical Sensation chronicles the life of one woman, Jamie Damon, by looking across the starry night of her life and plucking instances from the monumental and insignificant and re-creating them for the audience to experience...."
"...Jubilee, Rubber Repertory..."
"...Thom Pain (based on nothing), Hyde Park TheatreProduction, MusicalAt Home With Dick 2, Rubber Repertory..."
"...I think I kind of do. But that tricky choice is always at the core of Rubber Repertory's work, especially its new show – Play? Piece? Let's say experience..."
"...Gold and George – whose backgrounds include dance, performance art, production, and, for George, lighting design – began developing 1,000 Forest Gorillas during a four-day artist residency last December at Pilot Balloon Church-House in Lawrence, Kansas (the program was founded by Matt Hislope and Josh Meyer of Rubber Repertory). It's difficult to say what the performance will be – or, more interestingly, what it will do – but here is a partial list of its ingredients: Gold and George's mutual fascination with the number 1,000, clinched by the street address of Pilot Balloon Church: 1000 New York St.; George's tech-box perspective of the body's interplay with light; a cast of 10 skilled performers; two adult-sized tricycles; and a kitchen, like the one on the back wall of the creative space at Pilot Balloon..."
"...One half of the wonder twins behind Austin's Rubber Repertory has left the building. Worse: He's left the city, the entire state..."
"...6-10pm: Your Secrets Aren't Safe With Us. Rubber Repertory (Austin)..."
"...The 11-day event, running April 21 to May 1, will include modern dance from Japan, a Western from England, a Western swing big band with 200 two-steppers on the steps of the Capitol, a stage version of the French film Cléo From 5 to 7, a male performer channeling Joni Mitchell, an invented sorority, a performance of YouTube video comments, a scavenger hunt, and a séance for broken electronic devices, for starters. As usual, Austin will be introduced to artistic innovators from around the world, but more of our local innovators will be showcased as well: Allison Orr, Graham Reynolds, Mike Smith, Wura Ogunji, Okay Mountain, Rubber Repertory, Sodalitas, Luke Savisky, Heloise Gold, and, after too long an absence, Physical Plant Theater..."
"...1) A Thought in Three Parts (Rubber Repertory) This unashamedly obscene, relatively old Wallace Shawn script was considered by many to be unstageable, until Austin's Rubber Rep took it on. Challenging? You betcha..."
"...But luckily for Austin, luckily for Mr. Shawn all the way up there in New York City, Rubber Repertory is one of the few; it seems they're also the only company in the entire United States with the cojones necessary to present this partially but exuberantly pornographic show offering its American premiere nigh on three decades after it was written...."
"...Together Meyer and Hislope, the masterminds behind this zany breed of creativity, are Rubber Repertory, one of Austin's most intriguing young theatre companies. Last November they began talking with the Rude Mechs (co-producers of Red Cans) about the idea for the show..."