The Off-Off-Broadway troupe Rude Mechanicals has works by Beckett, Charles L. Mee, Jr. And Caryl Churchill scheduled for their 2000-01 season. The line-up gets underway on Oct. 4 with Company, which has been adapted by Lane Savadore from Samuel Beckett's prose work of the same name. Savadore also directs.
If you wish to see Company, don't expect to just sit there. Attendance will require you're lying down on the floor blindfolded, just as the man in the story finds himself prostrate in the dark. Audience members will be poked and strokes as they track the play's several subplots told by a variety of voices. "It's pure sensation," says a press release. The show will take place, appropriately enough, at the Rude Room, in the Access Theatre, 380 Broadway at White Street.
The season continues with:
• The Bacchae 2.1 by Charles L. Mee, Jr., beginning March 23. A new version of Euripides' classic. Mee apparently loves updating the Greeks; Big Love, his take on Aeschylus' The Suppliants, was a hit at this year's Humana Festival. Kenn Watt will direct.
• A Mouthful of Birds by Caryl Churchill, running in repertory with Bacchae 2.1. Rebecca Taylor directs this contemporary play, also inspired by Euripides' The Bacchae. Tickets are $15. For more information on Company, call (212) 414 5136.
--By Robert Simonson