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September 15 - October 15, 2005 at The Off Center (Austin, TX)
'Match-Play' is created and performed by Rude Mechs' Co-Producing Artistic Directors Lana Lesley, Kirk Lynn, Shawn Sides and guest artist Barney O'Hanlon of the renowned SITI Company. The design team includes Brian Scott (Lights), Leilah Stewart (Scenic), Robert S. Fisher (Sound), and Laura Cannon (Costumes). The production was stage managed by Elizabeth Moreau, Company Stage Manager for SITI Company.
“Match-Play” is a big-stakes play adapted from Deborah Hay Dance Company’s Bessie award-winning dance, “The Match,” which premiered at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City in 2004. “Match-Play” is the next step in Rude Mechs' tradition of taking on seemingly impossible theatrical challenges as we tackle the overarching frame for Ms. Hay’s dance: “What if every cell in the body has the potential to perceive all time and space as unique and original. And it’s no big deal.”
A haunting, sometimes hysterical, yet sincere meditation on consciousness, “Match-Play” collages liminal texts from the notebooks of preeminent theatre artist Richard Foreman with Ms. Hay’s written score and original text by Kirk Lynn. With our trademark penchant for slapstick and innovative staging, we've created a piece that hovers between hallucination and insight. The result is a tragic-comic coaster ride exploring our cultural need for spectacle, our preoccupation with novelty, and our ability (or inability) to connect the ordinary moments of life with the extraordinariness of living. Don't miss Rude Mechs’ quirky and meditative exploration of the depths (and shallows) of the human mind.
Creation Support: The original production of "Match-Play" was made possible by generous support from The Rockefeller MAP Fund.
Outstanding Comedy - 2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
Outstanding Director - 2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
Outstanding Original Adaptation - 2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
Top 10 Theatrical Treasures & Pleasures of 2005 by Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle, January 2006
Top 10 Spontaneous Catharses and Other Performance... 2005 by Heather Barfield Cole, Austin Chronicle, January 2006
"a profound 75-minute theater-movement-language-visual spectacle that captivatingly plumbs the human experience...smart, humane, beautiful theater" -- The Austin American-Statesman, read the whole review
"The Rude Mechs have pulled off the impossible with their characteristic aplomb...engaging and funny...Match-Play strikes home, igniting the intellect" The Austin Chronicle, read the whole review
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