Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stop Hitting Yourself Opens Next Week and Grrl Action Now Accepting Applications

April 4th thru 21st - only 12 showings!

a work-in-progress showing created by Rude Mechs and part of Fusebox Festival's Machine Shop series

April 4 - April 21, 2012
Thursday – Sunday at 8:00 pm.
The Off Center
2211 A Hidalgo, Austin, TX 78702

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can on a sliding scale
Thursdays & Sundays are $5 to $25
Fridays & Saturdays are $12 - $25.
Tickets for the final weekend (4/18 - 4/21) will also be available via Fusebox Festival. Passholders must make their reservations through Fusebox Festival.
Once a year at the Charity Ball a single worthy cause is selected to benefit from the Queen's annual good deed. Families of note compete to find the citizens most deserving of assistance. This year, a socialite has discovered a wildman in the forest and brings him home to improve him. The wildman's desire to save the natural world and to bring about an era of love and harmony is a sure-winner. Now she must teach him how to eat and dance, how to bow and flatter, how to behave in society so that his cause can be victorious.
Rude Mechs is currently embracing the fundamental beliefs underlying late-stage capitalism and indulging in some 1930's Hollywood glamour. Part Pygmalion, part Busby Berkley, part self-help lexicon -- all while tap-dancing around a queso fountain. STOP HITTING YOURSELF borrows from the plots of 1930's musicals to dig into the contemporary conservative dilemma: how to honor steely individualism without disavowing the virtue of charity. Tap dancing, fine dining, and the missionary position will all be employed in order to help all Americans stop hitting yourself.
"At tonight's party you were observed and those observations are currently being compiled into a list of the things you need to be taught. We have one month to perfect you. In one month, we're going to have another party. The difference is at this next party, the Queen will be in attendance." -- Socialite
"Improvement. Succor. Fate. Queso. Wardrobe. Charity. Belief." -- Wildman
Some of the Many People Involved: Sam Accettulli, Hope Bennett, Madge Darlington, Thomas Graves, Scott Guthrie, Heather Hanna, Danny Herman, Matt Hislope, Hannah Kenah, Isaac Klein, Lisa Laratta, Lana Lesley, Jason Liebrecht, Kirk Lynn, Graham Reynolds, Brian Scott, Shawn Sides, Paul Soileau, Dallas Tate, plus technicians, crew, and Rude Mechs company members keeping it awesome.

We are now accepting applications to the Grrl Action Summer Workshop!

Grrl Action Summer 2013 Info and Application
When: July 1 - July 21, 2013
Where: The Off Shoot (2211-A Hidalgo St., Austin, TX 78702)
Grrl Action is a three-week intensive workshop for teenaged girls, run by Rude Mechs, in which girls envision, create, publish, and perform original works for the stage based on their own life experiences. The three-week intensive culminates in two performances that are free to the public. Don't miss them!
The day-camp runs July 1st through July 21st, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on weekday mornings (except for July 4th). Public performance of the participant work will be on July 20th and 21st.
Apply to Grrl Action: If you know a girl between the ages of 13 and 16 with a desire to express herself through autobiographical writing and performance, send her to the online information packet and application, or email grrlaction@rudemechs.com.
Support Grrl Action: Grrl Action is reliant on donations from the community and local foundation grants. We hope you will contribute to sustain this invaluable program. We are thrilled to announce Friends of Grrl, a group dedicated to supporting the activities of this very special program. If you would like to know more about this group, or to attend their first annual fundraiser, please contact our Development Director, Erin Harrell at harrell@rudemechs.com.

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