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The Method Gun: More Than Just a Play About Acting

You’re probably familiar with the concept of method acting — where actors try to become the character they’re attempting to portray. A play running in Houston this week (May 26-28, 2016) called The Method Gun tells the story of group of actors who are rehearsing for a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. They’re devoted followers of […]

The Method Gun - Theater - Rude Mechs - Alan Simons Used by Permission via Flickr.jpgYou’re probably familiar with the concept of method acting — where actors try to become the character they’re attempting to portray.

A play running in Houston this week (May 26-28, 2016) called The Method Gun tells the story of group of actors who are rehearsing for a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. They’re devoted followers of a method acting guru named Stella Burden, who’s loosely based on the real-life acting instructor Stella Adler, who gained notoriety for developing her own acting technique.

Somewhere in the process of staging Streetcar, the fictional acting guru abandons the cast and crew. Suddenly, they’re left trying to figure out who they are and what they’re doing. Despite how it might sound, there’s more to the play than just a play about theater for theater people.

To learn more, Edel Howlin spoke with Shawn Sides and Lana Lesley, two of the five co-artistic directors from the theater group Rude Mechs of Austin, which is staging the play at the MATCH in Midtown.

(Above: Performers from a 2010 staging of “The Method Gun” at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Photo: Alan Simons, Used by Permission/Flickr)

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