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September 4 - October 4, 2003 at The Off Center

September 2004 at Philadelphia Live Arts Festival

created by Rude Mechs | adapted by Kirk Lynn | directed by Sarah Richardson

"Another occasion to praise the Rudes' creative theatrical vision to the skies...excellently executed...riddled with hilarity...Lynn makes the material's transition from book to stage appear seamless." – Austin Chronicle

"Another vibrant Rude awakening...Kirk Lynn's script maintains the rough feel of Kelman's vernacular language and Sarah Richardson's astute directing keeps the action at a nonstop pitch, [but] it's the spare but inventive production design that gives "How Late" such a visceral edge" – Austin American Statesman

Adapted from the Booker Prize winning novel by James Kelman and told in the utterly uncensored vernacular of the Scottish working class, HOW LATE IT WAS, HOW LATE is the rhythmic, profane, and gut-wrenching story of a fist-fighting, alcoholic, ex-con named Sammy. Beaten senseless and blinded by the Glasgow police, Sammy is plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which his girlfriend has disappeared and the police are after him for unspecified crimes. Carrying a sawed-off mop for a blind man's cane, Sammy brings frantic, foul-mouthed illumination to his dark world where his immediate needs for food, shelter and safety do not destroy his ultimate dream: to escape Scotland to a Texas paradise conjured in his imagination from country western songs. The Rudes explode this 400 page novel into an hour and a half of physical, multi-media theatre in which projections and live feed provide the audience a visceral initiation into Sammy’s experience, from the boredom of the hospital room to the menace of the police interrogation. The parallels between the politics of Sammy’s story and contemporary America under the Patriot Act resonate loudly in this gritty and vitriolic celebration of that part of the human spirit that is fueled by piss and vinegar.



Austin Chronicle Review

Austin American-Statesman Review

Philadelphia Weekly Review


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The cast features local actors Lana Lesley, Robert Newell, Ben Grimes and visiting guest artist Dikran Utidjian as Sammy.

The design team includes Brian Scott (Production Design), Colin Lowry (Video), Robert Fisher (Sound), Holly Francis (Costumes), Madge Darlington (Technical Director/Scenic Design) and Leliah Stewart (Props/Scenic Artist).



Wednesday, September 10th
Public Reading featuring James Kelman
5:30 pm
Cactus Cafe, Texas Union

Wednesday, September 10th
Rude Celebrity Pub Night with James Kelman & Friends
featuring competitionTrivia
8:30 pm
Opal Divine's on 6th Street

Friday, September 12th
"Adapting a Glasgow Novel for the AustinStage"
A Roundtable hosted by the University of Texas Dept. of British Studies, featuring James Kelman, Kirk Lynn, Dikran Utidjian & Mia Carter.
3:00 pm
Tom Lea Rooms
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206


James Kelman, acclaimed author of the book "How Late it Was, How Late," will be coming to Austin to see the world premiere stage adaptation of his book. In conjunction with his visit, he will be participating in several events that are FREE and open to the public. For the latest information, please call 512.476.RUDE (7833).

This world premiere production is made possible by generous support from The Austin Community Foundation, The Houston Endowment, The National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Austin under the auspices of the Austin Arts Commission.

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