July 29, 2021

Music Arts

Spearheading Arts Excellence

Austin theater troupe Impolite Mechs preserve the provocative thoughts coming

4 min read

They stayed quiet yet engaged.

The extremely-creative artists of Austin’s Rude Mechs have invested the pandemic cooking up the forms of general performance jobs that have manufactured them nationwide sensations, at minimum because 1999, when their “Lipstick Traces” took the American theater planet by storm.

“We sat nonetheless,” founding troupe member Lana Lesley claims about the earlier yr and a fifty percent. “And we considered about factors.”

During that time, the artists received jointly for frequent Tuesday “poker evenings” at their rough-hewn Crashbox area in East Austin to toss all-around new thoughts and check older types.

Kirk Lynn, playwright and also a founding member of the collective, fortunately studies: “We have never ever but performed poker.”

I sat down with Lesley and Lynn on the patio of Hank’s Austin in the promptly altering Windsor Park neighborhood. We caught up on pandemic strategies, reading lists and tales of Austin theater past, but also chatted about a number of ongoing Impolite Mechs initiatives, some fueled by stratospheric ambition and, at the exact time, tempered by nonetheless-youthful modesty.

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