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Rude Mechanicals: Grrl Action impacts Austin
The Rude Mechs' greatest achievement? Maybe scoring funding for Grrl Action from nonprofit heavyweight Impact Austin.
Arts Story  July 20, 2007, by Barry Pineo
"...Rude Mechanicals, Austin's best-known theatre collective, has received extensive recognition for artistic excellence since its inception in 1995: dozens of local theatre nominations and awards, voted Austin's Best Theatre Company in the Chronicle "Best of Austin" readers poll four years in a row, an off-Broadway run and two national tours of Lipstick Traces, and currently an international tour of Get Your War On, to name just a few. But the Rudes recently received a grant from Impact Austin that they must place among the most illustrious of their achievements...."

Rude Mechanicals
The Rudes blast off for the final frontier with this year's Eye Ball
Arts Story  August 21, 2009, by Robert Faires


Cinemaker Co-Op & Rude Mechanicals
Off Center Screenings is a film and video series focusing on pivotal works of performance art and projects that examine the body in performance and the media. For more info...
Film Review  October 25, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten


Rude Awakening
Austin's Rude Mechanicals Get Inspired Training at SITI
Arts Story  July 31, 1998, by Robert Faires
"...A handful of local artists who can testify to this transformative power are the members of the theatre collective Rude Mechanicals. Seven of them took part in a three-week training workshop at the Saratoga International Theater Institute (SITI) in Saratoga Springs, New York..."

Rude Mechs' Richardson to Read With Ethan Hawke
At his BookPeople appearance on Friday, Aug. 2, 7pm, Ethan Hawke and his Ash Wednesday will be joined by the Rude Mechanicals' mega-talented Sarah Richardson.
Books Story  August 2, 2002, by Shawn Badgley
"...2, 7pm (with the Texas Monthly book group meeting at 5:30pm to discuss his second effort). The reason I bring that up is because Hawke has asked the Rude Mechanicals' Sarah Richardson (In the House of Moles, WAR, Requiem for Tesla, Big Love, The Laramie Project) to join him..."

Shawn Sides and Graham Reynolds: Rude and Golden
How two of Austin's top creative stars meld a busy life of art and love
Arts Story  March 24, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Reynolds is a composer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, and general all-around maestro of works complex and classical; he's the man who did the music for, among other things, Ballet Austin's Belle Redux/A Tale of Beauty & the Beast and Cult of Color: Call to Color, Forklift Danceworks' The Trash Project and The Trees of Govalle, Salvage Vanguard Theater's The Intergalactic Nemesis, Richard Linklater's films Bernie and A Scanner Darkly, and a ridiculous number of Rude Mechanicals theatre productions. Sides is an actor and director and one of the co-producing artistic directors of that Rude Mechs company responsible for such heady, internationally acclaimed spectacles as Lipstick Traces, Requiem for Tesla, The Method Gun, Now Now Oh Now, and Stop Hitting Yourself..."

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The Rudes' next show gets tapped for a prestigious New Play Development Project
Arts Story  November 7, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...Need more proof that Austin's own Rude Mechanicals are on the national radar for making new theatre? Try this: The collective has just received a prestigious little grant of $20,000 to support its next homegrown production. What makes it noteworthy – on top of that five-figure dollar amount – is that it's from the National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development Program, a new initiative launched by the federal agency in partnership with the Washington, D.C., theatre Arena Stage..."

Okay Mountain/Rude Mechs
The two local art groups are off to make mischief at a pair of international festivals
Arts Story  November 27, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Meanwhile, next spring, the Rude Mechanicals will be firing The Method Gun once more, this time at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. This will be the third version of this exploration of the life and techniques of Stella Burden, actor-training guru of the Sixties and Seventies, whose technique, the Approach, was dubbed "the most dangerous acting technique in the world." But just as the restless Rudes made changes to the piece that premiered at the Long Center in 2008 when they staged it at the Off Center the following year, they'll be reworking the piece yet again for Humana..."

Two Generations, One Art
Like twins who have grown up apart and are finally reunited, writer-performer Terry Galloway and the Austin theatre company Rude Mechanicals are creative soulmates who have at last discovered their kinship through their collaboration on Galloway's dark comedy In the House of the Moles.
Arts Story  February 25, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Any physical resemblance between writer-performer Terry Galloway and her "sisters" in the Rude Mechanicals theatre company is purely coincidental. After all, these women are not her blood relations..."

Everything Is Possible ... Again
Seemingly unadaptable, Greil Marcus' 1989 opus Lipstick Traces proved to be the foundation for the Rude Mechanicals' strongest theatre work to date. As they revive their hit adaptation, the Rude Mechs reflect on its creation, its success, working as a collective, and being told by Marcus, "You staged the book I wanted to write."
Arts Story  September 1, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...That's the spirit which the Rude Mechanicals' stage adaptation so enticingly captures. So seemingly unadaptable, what with its plentiful sidebars, its sweeping scope, Marcus' 1989 opus proved to be the foundation for the Austin theatre collective's strongest and most successful work to date..."

Ripping the Shrew
The Rude Mechanicals Tear Into Shakespeare
Arts Story  August 15, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...illustration by Robert Faires Press Release: Rude Mechanicals is proud to present their 97/98 season premiere, curst & Shrewd: The Taming of the Shrew Unhinged, a candid, impertinent, and downright feminazi look at marriage and mating at the end of the millennium. From the boardroom to the auction block, Dr..."

Working Worked Out
Theaterless Theater Corps, Rude Mechanicals, KAIROS! Co.
  August 26, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...For a while, it looked like the City That Eats Its Young was also going to make a meal of three independent theatre troupes from Texas. As they prepared for their four-night stand at Ice Factory '99, SoHo Think Tank's festival of fringe theatre, Austin's Theaterless Theater Corps, Rude Mechanicals, and KAIROS! Co..."

Working Worked Out
Theaterless Theater Corps, Rude Mechanicals, KAIROS! Co.
Arts Story  August 26, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...For a while, it looked like the City That Eats Its Young was also going to make a meal of three independent theatre troupes from Texas. As they prepared for their four-night stand at Ice Factory '99, SoHo Think Tank's festival of fringe theatre, Austin's Theaterless Theater Corps, Rude Mechanicals, and KAIROS! Co..."

Working Vacations
Theaterless Theater Corps, Rude Mechanicals, KAIROS! Co.
Arts Story  July 8, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...When Ice Factory '99, Soho Think Tank's festival of fringe theatre, rocks the City That Never Sleeps this summer, three Austin companies will be in the thick of the action. Theaterless Theater Corps (Golem, Night of the Werewolf), Rude Mechanicals (don b.'s Snow White, Salivation), and KAIROS! Co..."

At Long Last Love
Love will get you when you least expect it. So it goes in Charles Mee's Big Love, a vigorous update of the ancient Greek drama The Suppliants, and so it went when the Rude Mechanicals theatre company saw the play. They fell unexpectedly and unabashedly head over heels for it and are staging it now in what they describe as "a huge love affair."
Arts Story  August 31, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...And as it is with the characters in Big Love, so it is with the Rude Mechanicals and the play itself. A mess of Rudes, the collective of wily young theatre artists that opens its own production of Big Love this week at the Off Center, were present at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ky., last year and went to the premiere production of the play..."

Brawl in the Family
It's Round 10 of the Rude Mechanicals' annual fundraiser, and the Black Eye Ball promises to pack enough punch to send a herd of Santa Gertrudis to Slumberland
Arts Story  August 19, 2005, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...This year marks the 10th anniversary of Austin's Rude Mechanicals. The acclaimed theatre company continues to break artistic ground and fill seats in its newly redecorated Eastside venue, it's been on the road and in the planes, and now 2005's iteration of its annual celebration is going to smack you upside the entertainment plexus..."

'Bacchae' to the Future
How in (a Greek) god's name can the Rude Mechs re-create Dionysus in 69 in '09?
Arts Story  November 27, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...The key difference here is that Schechner doesn't need to bring a band of dancing, drinking, true-believing maenads with him; they're already here. Local theatrical mavericks the Rude Mechanicals have been carrying the torch of the Performance Group and incorporating many of its tradition-busting practices into their own productions for 13 years now..."

Young Guns and Typewriters
Arts Story  September 18, 1998
"...Currently, the spotlight beams on two local playwrights, working for fresh -- some may say loud -- theatre companies. Kirk Lynn of Rude Mechanicals and David Bucci of Salvage Vanguard Theater are both in the thick of it this year..."

Greil Marcus and the Mad Parade
In his book Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century, Greil Marcus explained punk to the world and created a bible for that music's true believers. As Austin theatre company Rude Mechanicals opens its stage adaptation of Marcus' book, the author talks about the Stones, the Sex Pistols, and the "mad parade" of history.
Arts Story  September 10, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...He was finishing up his new column for the online magazine Salon and is planning a visit to Austin this month to see a production called Lipstick Traces. The local theatre company Rude Mechanicals adapted Marcus' 1989 book of the same name into a play, and anyone who's ever delved into his books knows how daunting that must be. The West Coast-based Marcus comes from the senior ranks of rock criticism, as an editor at Rolling Stone when it mattered and later Creem magazine..."

Rattling Our Stage
A Survey of Austin's Rebel Theatre Scene
Arts Story  April 10, 1998
"...For Weldon Rising, actors sealed off the exits with plastic. When Frontera isn't producing, it's often a good place to catch other rebel theatre work (e.g., Rude Mechanicals' Lust Supper and curst & Shrewd, root wy'mn's no mo' blues and dyke/warrior-prayers, Lisa D'Amour's Oscar Snowden and the Magic O)..."

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