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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,

This spring the Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players present six performances of Holy Harlots and Sassy Virgins:  Two Plays by Hrothsvita. Performances will be 

All performances are in Reynolds Hall. General admission is $5; Shepherd University students’ admission is free; Shepherd University faculty and staff get in for $2; other students are $2.

Students in the cast and crew include:  Boaz Bamiro, Lyvon Campbell, Austin Fitzgerald, Elijah Fritz, Tori Harding, Gabrielle Hess, Bethany Kaetzel, Emily Keefer, Dylan Kontra, Tiffany Kline, TK Lindsay, Julianna Pond, Emilee Ryan, and Hale Weatherholtz. One of the plays concludes with a choral composition by Dr. Georgiann Toole, Associate Professor of Education, sung by students from the Music Department:  Abigail Ayers, Jennifer Forbes, Tara Foster, Shania Isenberg, Heidi Macaluso, Alisa Mills, Sophie Palmer, Tamira Patterson, Stephanie Proctor, Alexas Spiker, Kayla Starr, Ashleigh Stottlemyer, Marissa Watkins, and Anna Watson.

For more information, contact Dr. Betty Ellzey ( or 304 876-5208).