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Shepherd to host March 4 showing of film based on medieval play

ISSUED: 16 February 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players and the Department of Mass Communications are hosting the showing of a film adaptation of Lewis Wager’s “Life and Repentaunce of Marie Magdalene.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall and will be followed by a discussion and reception.

Dr. Betty Ellzey, professor of English and chair of the Department of English, and Dr. Jason McKahan, associate professor of mass communications and chair of the Department of Mass Communications, showed the film last summer in Durham, England, at the International Society for Medieval Theater triennial conference. Ellzey, McKahan, members of the Rude Mechanicals, and students from the mass communications department teamed up to produce the film.

“Life and Repentaunce of Marie Magdalene” was written in 1550 by Lewis Wager, a Franciscan friar who converted to Protestantism. Members of the Rude Mechanicals who participated in the project are Deidre Morrison, Master of Arts in Teaching grad student, Shepherdstown; Shelby Taylor, Master of Arts in Teaching graduate student, Martinsburg; Ashley Hall, elementary education major, Charles Town; Mike Simpson, secondary education major, Falling Waters; Daisy Thomas, English major, Charleston; TK Lindsay, communications major, Middletown, Maryland; alumni James Bumbera and Jake Anderson; and community members Catherine Ellzey, Adam Wilson, Anna Brammeier, and Ellie Didden.

For more information, contact Ellzey at

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