WHEN: April 21 – May 7, 2011
Thursday – Saturday at 8 PM
Additional Sunday performance on May 1st
10 performances only!
Friday April 22 – Opening Night Gala – see details below.
WHERE: The Off Center, 2211 A Hidalgo, Austin, TX 78702
“The Rudes continue to deepen their creative process and challenge themselves in new ways. And that results in smart, terrific theater that takes us some place new.” – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin-American Statesman review of December 2008 workshop production.
Time Out New York says of Rude Mechs, “They keep taking perilous theatrical leaps, but we are the ones to feel sweaty-palmed, nearly vertiginous exhilaration.”
The New York Times says Rude Mechs “…makes the Wooster Group look conservative.”
Time Out Chicago calls our work “…relentlessly inventive… “Beneath its zany, passionate surfaces lie some fierce investigations into the nature of art… brilliantly orchestrated”
The Louisville Courier-Journal calls us “..absurd and awe-inspiring.”
Some facts about I’ve Never Been So Happy:
- It is 1 of only 5 projects selected from a national pool for the National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development Program.
- It received a work-progress-presentation at Washington D.C.’s prestigious Arena Stage at the New Play Festival.
- It is featured in an upcoming PBS documentary by Rob Levi about “how America makes theater.”
- It is produced in association with Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group.
- It features a cast of nine, a small orchestra, a dance team, video animation and a mountain lion!
- It is not just a show, it’s also surrounded by a transmedia shindig which includes food, games, and wild western fun.
I’VE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY features the extraordinary performing / design / production talents of:
Cami Alys, Kerri Atwood, Lowell Bartholomee, Noel Gaulin, Thomas Graves, Amy Hackerd, Hannah Kenah, Jenny Larson, Lana Lesley, E. Jason Liebrecht, Erin Meyer, William Moses, Paul Soileau, Peter Stopschinski, Meg Sullivan, along with Eric Roach on guitar, four very fine string players / Laura Cannon (Portland), Dayna Hanson (Seattle), Miwa Matreyek (LA), Stephen Pruitt, Leilah Stewart / Woody Golden, Charlie Llewellin, Jazz Miller, Lorenza Phillips, Denise Martel, Rick Thompson, and two thoroughly awesome interns, Taylor McCaslin and Ashley O’Brien. And creating the carnival so far we have the fabulous Jodi Jinks, Kirk Lynn, Edmund Martinez, Robert Pierson, Rachel Shannon, Silky Shoemaker, and Aron Taylor.
I’ve Never Been So Happy was selected for the NEA Distinguished New Play Development Program, and received a development residency at The University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance’s Musical Theatre Initiative. Creation support for I’ve Never Been So Happy also comes from The Orchard Project Theatre Residency Program, the National Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Arena Stage’s New Play Festival, and the National Endowment for the Arts.