The Rude Mechs have lined up long residencies at two of the nation’s biggest and best regional theaters, Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Conn. and Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minn.
Adored in Austin and looking for a new performance home base here, the 22-year-old group is actually among the few American companies to make much of their art away from home. (Fun fact: the Rudes now rehearse in the American-Statesman building.)
Their presence abroad really took off with their 1999 hit “Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century.” Since then, theaters, universities and art centers have clamored to be a part of their heady fun.
At Yale, the Rudes will present the world premiere of “Field Guide,” a fast and furious take on Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamozov.” The work, commissioned by Yale Rep, runs Jan. 26–Feb. 17, 2018.
In July 2018, the Rudes will further develop “Not Every Mountain,” written by Kirk Lynn and directed by Thomas Graves with music by Peter Stopschinski, at the three-venue Guthrie Theater. According to the theater’s spokesman, it is “a beguiling meditation on change and permanence.”
We recently visited the Guthrie for the first time since it moved into its new-ish digs on the Mississippi River. Pretty spectacular if hulking space with a loyal audience and, no small thing, the best pre-show, in-theater dining we’ve ever experienced.