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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 or

The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players announce auditions for Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, As You Like It, on Wednesday, August 29th, and Thursday, August 30th, from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m., in Reynolds Hall. Shepherd University students earn 3 academic credits for acting or participating behind the scenes. There are roles (large and small) for all genders and all levels of experience. Also needed, in addition to actors, are singers, tech crew, musicians, dancers, visual artists, video artists, and costume designers. Community members over 16 are also welcome to audition. For more information, contact Dr. Betty Ellzey (304 876-5208 or