Welcome to Theatre Process, a podcast featuring Bay Area theatre artists interviewing special guest artists about the work they make. Coming up: Rude Mechs and Mugwumpin!
In conversation, Rude Mechs' Shawn Sides, Mugwumpin artistic director Christopher White and Lana Lesley, another Rude Mech, at Z Below. Photo: Trevor Allen
In the middle of the Rude Mechs' whirlwind visit to the West Coast, the renowned ensemble company's Shawn Sides and Lana Lesley were kind enough to stop for a Theatre Process conversation with Mugwumpin artistic director Christopher White. As of this writing, the Austin-based Mechs have just closed their four-performance run of The Method Gun at Z Space (a Theatre Bay Area Editors' Pick) and are preparing for an equally brisk romp at Cal Performances on Nov. 19-22, this time performing the troupe's award-winning Stop Hitting Yourself. What happens during this candid conversation about ensemble work? Pure Theatre Process magic.
Trevor Allen, Theatre Process producer and host, is an award-winning playwright (The Creature, Lolita Roadtrip, Tenders in the Fog, Chain Reactions, 49 Miles), solo performer (Working for the Mouse) and voiceover artist (representation). Exit Press is currently publishing a collection of five of his plays.
Theatre Process theme music used by kind permission of Curious Quail.
Since taking on producing the shows she wanted to see while in college, this month’s Featured Member and two-time Lemonade Fund benefit producer, Megan Briggs, exemplifies how a theatre artist can blow past the constraints placed on early actors to create her own play and develop works that support the field. Read all about her here.