About this project
Thanks to YOU ALL we raced past our initial Kickstarter goal for crushAustin in just five days!
We are thrilled, overwhelmed, and filled with gratitude! Now for our next stop: $10,000 was the bare minimum we needed to be able to realize crushAustin as we hope to bring it to you. Each dollar above that amount enables us to crush each project a little harder to give you a richer experience, 'cause that's what we're into.
$10,000 more will help us:
- conceive and construct a rough version of the interactive home-shopping lifestyle installation of our dreams (think Prada Marfa) for Grageriart. ($3,000)
- bring a designer on to A Xmas Karaoke to make it beautiful. ($3000)
- create something not unlike a "Trojan Horse" for Fixing Troilus & Cressida. ($3,000)
- mail Replacement Tapes tapes to theatres across the nation. A snail-mail national tour! ($400)
- get Jen and Tom the culinary supplies they need for their Gin & Tonix workshop dinner masterpieces in November. ($600)
Rude Mechs will bring our unique voice and signature style of theatre-making to each of the 10 districts in Austin. We will share everything from fully staged productions, to workshops, to salons. What each district gets from us is wholly contingent on what kind of space we can find to work in that month.
We spent the last 18 years building a home for Austin artists, The Off Center, but a couple of months ago, we were priced out. In the face of this change, we are launching crushAustin, and we are going to do exactly that—CRUSH IT, really really good. The kind of crushing that is so good it is transformative.
We want to insert our creativity into every nook and cranny of Austin with the very best new independent cultural productions. Not palatable fare, but the kind of shit that curls your toes and takes your breath away and makes you lose your mind. We want to scour its backside for inspiration in sites of actual cultural production and join forces with others in making work that matters. We want a forum for conversations between artists and audiences about the shape of things to come.
crushAustin will focus on “the city” as a collective and as a collaborative structure. Austin has raised us, made us who we are, but now it needs some looking after, some care and attention as Austinites try to figure out what kind of city we want to be, what we value, and what our civic life should look like.
When space is valued in dollars and cents, when the future is reduced to capital accrued, then our most important contribution as an arts organization is to provide alternative ways of engaging in the now.
And while we are at it, we will reclaim the term “creative” and remind people that it is an adjective, not a noun. It describes risk-taking, not risky investment. It is a dance that makes others laugh, or a confession that draws us together, or a challenging idea that threatens to offend with the boldness of its proposal.
July 29 - Replacement Tapes - District 10 Hosted in a private home, up to 30 people are able to experience this intimate night and together perform this new play by Kirk Lynn. Directions will be sent to you when you make your reservation.
August 27 - Grageriart - District 4 Lana Lesley & Peter Stopschinski are Grageriart. They will perform 45 minutes of their noise & music excavation of your favorite home shopping catalogue.
September 24 - Stand-Up Comedy Workshop - District 1 Stand-up comedian and company member Hannah Kenah will lead this workshop culminating in a short set by YOU, and drinks on Lana Lesley.
October 21 - The Eye Ball - District 3 It's our annual fundraiser party. It's one of the best things we do.
November - Gin & Tonix - District TBD Thomas Graves and Jennifer Kidwell are making something. Probably dinner. Really. They'll do it somewhere.
December - Christmas Karaoke - District 9 It's our version of A Christmas Carol, but it's really your version. With our incredible state-of-the-art, fully collaboratized and individualized "Karaoke system" you will experience Christmas past, present, and future like never before.
January - Salon in a Salon - District TBD We have so many brilliant academics in our community, we want to make them use their heads for art. This year will be based on our experience talking with NESCent scientists at Duke. Art & Science!
February - Off Center On Screen - District TBD The Off Center is gone, but we can still share all the stuff we made there. We'll screen our play from 2003, El Paraiso, among other great nuggets, and feed you popcorn.
March - Fixing Troilus & Cressida - District TBD It's the third installment in our Fixing Shakespeare series by Kirk Lynn – where Kirk takes a lesser-produced play by Shakespeare and rewrites it completely with not just contemporary English but a shit-ton of curse words.
April - Perverse Results - District TBD We're leaving this slot open for inspiration. It might be the 3rd episode of our Perverse Results series. It might be a book launch for Lana's new book. We don't know. Can you live with the uncertainty?
Rude Mechs is an Austin-based collective theatre company that has created a genre-averse cocktail of roughly 27 original plays that we produced at our former venue, The Off Center, in Austin, TX. And when we are lucky, we get to tour our work nationally and internationally. Our most recent productions include Field Guide, which will premiere in February 2018 as part of Yale Repertory Theatre's 17/18 season, Stop Hitting Yourself, which premiered in Lincoln Center Theatre in New York in January 2014, toured to Dallas and San Francisco 2015, and Now Now Oh Now, a National Theatre Pilot selectee which recently wrapped up its tour to Duke University, Yale University, Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and Miami Light, Fringe arts in Philly, and The Method Gun, which has toured to such far-flung destinations as New York City, Los Angeles, New Haven, Columbus, Boston, Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Brisbane (Australia) and just got back from its tour to Houston in May 2016.
“Rude Mechs take a funky, down-home, no-nonsense, Austin, TX approach to theatre and then they kick ass. The Rudes prove that you don’t have to live in NYC to create cutting edge theatre.” – Mark Russell Director of Devised Theater Initiative / Under the Radar Festival, The Public Theater, New York City
Since our first season in 1996, we’ve received over a billion awards and nominations (mostly nominations) for artistic excellence, including a 2013 BESSIE nomination for our re-enactment of The Performance Group's Dionysus in 69, and the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award for Shawn Sides in 2015. Rude Mechs was honored with an induction to The Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2013, and featured in a nationally aired PBS documentary called Arts in Context: Rude Mechs in 2015.
1. Pay artists and technicians and producers to make and do the art - $7,000;
2. Pay people to go and find these spaces, and secure them for our use, and manage them - $1,000;
3. Pay for insurance, permit fees, gear rental, materials transport - $2,000.
Because Rude Mechs is a 501(c)(3) corporation, your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (The value of any rewards will be excluded from any deduction).
Risks and challenges
We are going to produce 10 events - ranging from a one-night salon to a full production to a funky workshop.
Above all else, this means finding the right kind of space for the right event. For example, if CD 8 doesn't have any venues at all, then we'd try to pop-up tent somewhere, or find someone's house, but we can only guarantee trying. We'd love your suggestions!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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