PHOTO CALL: A Look at Austin-Based Theatre Collective Rude Mechs' Stop Hitting Yourself at LCT3

By Krissie Fullerton
22 Jan 2014

The LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater world-premiere presentation of Stop Hitting Yourself, which was created by Rude Mechs, the Austin, TX-based theatre collective, began previews Jan. 15 at the Claire Tow Theater.
The cast features Thomas Graves, Heather Hanna, Joey Hood, Hannah Kenah, Lana Lesley, E. Jason Liebrecht and Paul Soileau.

Here's how the 90-minute production is billed: "Part Pygmalion, part Busby Berkeley, part self-help lexicon, Stop Hitting Yourself borrows from the plots of 1930's musicals to dig deep into the contemporary conservative dilemma: how to honor steely individualism without disavowing the virtue of charity -- all the while tap-dancing around a queso fountain.

"Once a year, at the Charity Ball, a single worthy cause is chosen to benefit from the Queen’s Annual Good Deed. Prominent families compete to find citizens deserving of assistance. This year, a Socialite has discovered a Wildman in the forest and tries to improve him. The Wildman’s desire to save the natural world and usher in an era of love and harmony is a sure-winner. Now the Socialite must teach him how to eat, dance and behave in society so that his cause can be victorious."

Here's a look at the world-premiere production:

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Jason Liebrecht, Heather Hanna and Hannah Kenah
Photo by Erin Baiano


For more information, please visit lct3.org.