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The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players is a theater troupe devoted to two goals: (1) productions of ancient Greek, medieval, and Renaissance drama that are true to the spirit of the time in which these plays were first performed and are relevant to twenty-first century audiences; (2) productions of short plays written by Shepherd University Creative Writing Majors.   Previous productions include Shakespeare’s Hamlet, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Macbeth; a wide variety of medieval plays, including The Creation and Fall of the Angels, The Fall of Man, The Killing of Abel, The Death of Herod, The Second Shepherds’ Play, Everyman, and Mankind; Greek tragedies such as Antigone, Medea, Trojan Women, and Electra; and fourteen plays by Shepherd University Creative Writing majors.  The Rude Mechanicals troupe has performed in the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, California, Florida, and Washington, DC.  For more information about the Rude Mechanicals, contact Dr. Betty Ellzey, Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages, Shepherd University (304-876-5208,

The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will present three plays written by Shepherd creative writing students and a contemporary updating of a medieval play focusing on current social justice issues. Performances will take place in Reynolds Hall on Thursday, March 30th, 8:30 p.m.; Friday, March 31st, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 1st, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 2nd, 3 p.m.; Wednesday, April 5th, 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 6th, 8:30 p.m.; and Friday, April 7th, 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $5, general admission; $2, Shepherd University faculty and staff; and free, Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID. For more information contact Dr. Betty Ellzey ( or 304 876-5208).