The Method Gun
The Method Gun explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, the actor-training guru of the 60s and 70s and creator of "The Approach" (referred to as "the most dangerous acting technique in... More
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The Method Gun
The Method Gun explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, the actor-training guru of the 60s and 70s and creator of "The Approach" (referred to as "the most dangerous acting technique in the world"), which fused Western acting methods with risk-based rituals to infuse even the smallest role with sex, death, and violence. Using found text from the journals and performance reports of Burden's company, The Method Gun reenacts the final months of her company's rehearsals for their nine-years-in-the-making production of A Streetcar Named Desire. The Method Gun addresses the ecstasy and excesses of performing, the dangers of public intimacy, and the incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life.
Since 1995, Rude Mechs has created a mercurial slate of 23 theatrical productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. What these works hold in common is the use of play to make performance, the use of theaters as meeting places for audiences and artists, and the use of humor as a tool for intellectual investigation. The company tours these performances nationally and abroad; maintains The Off Center, a performance venue in Austin for arts groups of every discipline; and operates a year-round arts mentoring program for teenage girls.
When director and acting coach Stella Burden left the US in 1972, her company continued her nine - year rehearsal process, using training techniques from Burden's Approach, as well as others adapted from text books, other gurus, and—at one point—a high school film strip entitled What Makes an Actor, all of which have been incorporated into the contemporary understanding of The Approach. The text reproduced here comes from the research Rude Mechs unearthed in their investigation into the company's training.
Filmed at Imago Theater
Presented by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Performance: Sep 12, 2011
Venue: Imago Theatre | Portland, OR
Duration: 90 min
Posted: Dec 12, 2011
Cast & Credits
|Written by||Kirk Lynn|
|Directed by||Shawn Sides|
|Created and Performed by||Rude Mechs|
|Carl Reyholt as Pablo/Paper Boy/Tamale Vendor/Doctor ||Thomas Graves|
|Elizabeth Johns as Eunice||Heather Hanna|
|Connie Torrey as Colored Woman/MExican Woman||Hannah Kenah|
|Koko Bond as Negro Woman/Nurse ||Lana Lesley|
|Robert "Hops" Gilbert as Steve ||E. Jason Liebrecht|
About The Artist
Since 1995, Rude Mechs have created a mercurial slate of original theatrical productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. What these works hold in common are the use of play to make performance, the use of theaters as meeting places for audiences and artists, and the use of humor as tool for intellectual investigation. We tour these performances nationally and abroad; maintain The Off Center, a performance venue in Austin for arts groups of every discipline; present nationally recognized artists; and run Grrl Action, a year-round arts mentoring program for teenage girls. As we create new works for adventurous theatre-goers, we seek to demystify the art-making process, and we work hard to foster real communication with and responsiveness to our patrons by holding workshops, talkbacks, and open rehearsals along the way. We remain adamant that we will not make work we ourselves could not afford to go see and continue to offer sliding scale and pay-what-you--can nights to keep our work accessible to all, regardless of economic status. The current staff of Rude Mechs includes Made Darlington, Thomas Graves, Lana Lesley and Shawn Sides.
“Immensely funny, abruptly touching physical-theater work” – TimeOut New York
Review: The Method Gun
"Moments shift between sweet humor and blissful absurdity, and even slow scenes set up roller-coaster drops..." - Time Out New York
‘Method Gun’ takes shot at re-creating classic
"...a fragmentary collage of scenes that add up to a quirky, enigmatic meditation on myth and memory..." - The Boston Globe
Theater review: 'The Method Gun' at Kirk Douglas Theatre
"...a meditation on the mysterious inner dynamics of a troupe."- The LA Times
The Method Gun
"...a play that both affirms and dismantles everything your own guru taught you." - The Austin Chronicle
Review: ‘The Method Gun’
"Sweet, irreverent and terribly funny..." - The Austin 360
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