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Rude Mechs is an ensemble-based theatre company that operates with a full company of 28 members and has run The Off Center since 1999. We create original plays that we produce in Austin, TX, and tour nationally and internationally. Our touring productions include "The Method Gun", "I've Never Been So Happy", "Now Now Oh Now", "Dionysus in 69", "Stop Hitting Yourself", “Get Your War On”, “How Late It Was, How Late”, “Cherrywood”, and “Lipstick Traces.” Our Off-Broadway productions include "Stop Hitting Yourself", "The Method Gun", “Get Your War On”, and “Lipstick Traces.” Our production "The Method Gun" was selected for the 34th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Since 1995, Rude Mechs has created a mercurial slate of original theatrical productions that represents 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 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. 

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