Being a thespian isn’t easy for the actors who studied under Stella Burden, who trained them but then left the country suddenly for South America, never to be seen again. And in The Method Gun audiences watch how they struggle to understand and use her acting technique known as “The Approach.” This story in this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays is written, produced and performed by an Austin-based ensemble company called The Rude Mechanicals, known as the moniker Rude Mechs. And as Louisville Public Media’s Elizabeth Kramer finds out in this interview, birthing this work was a laborious process that has taken nearly three years and integrated feedback from company members (that’s six artistic directors and 23 company members) and audiences who had the chance to see the play in development. “The Method Gun” runs through March 28 in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville. In the photo above -Lana Lesley, Jason Liebrecht and Thomas Graves.

[podcast]http://archive.wuol.org/Podcasts/20100317MethodGun.mp3[/podcast]