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The Method Gun

The Method Gun

Written by Kirk Lynn
Directed by Shawn Sides
Created by Rude Mechs

Four Performances Only!
February 23, 24, 25, 26 at 8PM
Yale Repertory Theatre

"Gorgeously rendered. Stunning and haunting." —American Theatre

The New York Times
has heralded Rude Mechs as one of three companies in the country “making theatre that matters.” Based in Austin, Texas, Rude Mechs creates cutting-edge theatre that defies genre and fuses together big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. Now celebrating its 15th year, this ensemble-based company has produced 23 original pieces that have been presented throughout the US and internationally and earned over 180 local and national awards and nominations. The Method Gun premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival of New Plays to critical acclaim.

In The Method Gun, the diaries and letters of acting guru Stella Burden’s followers are pieced together to recreate the company’s nine-year rehearsal process for A Streetcar Named Desire. With biting wit and surprising tenderness, The Method Gun reveals the ecstasy and excesses of performance, the incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life, and the indelible impact of mentors. 

The Method Gun contains nudity, adult language, sexual situations, smoke, and gunshots. Please contact the Box Office at 203.432.1234 if you have further questions about the themes or content of this production.

Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission

The Method Gun—Performance Montage


 Interview with the Tiger from The Method Gun


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Talk Backs

Q&A sessions with the artists will be held immediately following all performances.


Friday, February 25, 10AM-12PM
Theater Studies Ballroom, 220 York Street, Room 101

Audiences are invited to participate in an interactive studio session with members of Rude Mechs.

Co-Sponsored by Yale Theater Studies Program

The Stellar Burdens of Shame

Lecture by Robin Bernstein, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality and of History and Literature, Harvard University

Responses by Christopher Grobe, Charlotte Brathwaite, Sunder Ganglani

Tuesday, February 22, 5:30-7PM
Theater Studies Ballroom, 220 York Street, Room 101

Until her mysterious disappearance in 1972, legendary actor-trainer Stella Burden embodied the best and worst qualities of Stella Adler and Chris Burden, of method and madness, of gurus and guns—all in the pursuit of artistic authenticity. This concept of authenticity, along with theatrical realism and method acting, became objects of feminist critique during the 1980s and 90s.

As the Rude Mechanicals imagine Burden's violent and sometimes humiliating excesses, they ask, what do emotional exposure, risk, and public intimacy mean right now? In this lecture, Robin Bernstein considers this question in light of both feminist critiques of method acting and the current turn within queer theory toward the productive potential of shame.

For more information about this lecture click here.

Co-Sponsored by Yale Theater Studies Program