Posted by: Joelle Jameson | October 18, 2010

First ever theater show: Rude Mechs and Method Guns


The Rude Mechs in "The Method Gun": Lana in orange, Shawn behind her


I recently began writing theater reviews for Blast magazine, an online magazine that is based in Boston but universally appreciated. One of my recent assignments for Blast was to interview Shawn Sides and Lana Lesley, who are touring with their theater company The Rude Mechs. Shawn and Lana are two out of six co-producing artistic directors. They’ve been making theater together for over 15 years and in that time have taken Rude Mechs productions all over the world. And, as you can hear from the show, they are basically really cool people and I kind of want to hang out with them all the time.

The Rude Mechs came to Boston last week to kick off the national tour of their show The Method Gun as part of ArtsEmerson’s inaugural season. Shawn is the director of the production and she and Lana are both actors in it as well. You can read Jason Rabin’s review of that show on as well as the print version of this interview on


Alternate view of Lana and Shawn in "The Method Gun"


The Method Gun involves Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, so I asked my friend Nicholas to read one of Blanche’s monologues. Lana also suggested reading from Donald Barthelme’s Snow White, since the Rude Mechs produced a show based on it a few years ago. I hadn’t read it before—pretty trippy, and I am enjoying it.

This show will be archived Sunday, October 24.


From A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Blanche in scene 4: “May I speak plainly? . . .”


From Snow White by Donald Barthelme

“What is Snow White thinking? . . .”

“Perhaps we should not be sitting . . .”



“Shadows” by Au Revoir Simone

“The Duchess of Parma” by Golden Arm Trio

“Dmitri Dmitryevich” by Golden Arm Trio

“The Moment I Said It” by Imogen Heap

“Sailing to Nowhere” by Broken Bells

“Cool Scene” by The Dandy Warhols


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