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Rude Mechanicals to perform medieval comedy, student plays through April 9

ISSUED: 28 March 2023

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will perform an anonymous short medieval comedy, “The Second Shepherds’ Play,” and three short plays written by Shepherd University creative writing students beginning March 31 in Reynolds Hall.

Olyvia Thompson and Brianna Cline rehearsing Second Shepherds' Play on the stage at Reynolds Hall.

Pictured (l. to r.) are Brianna Cline, a secondary education major, and Olyvia Thompson, an English education major, both from Martinsburg, West Virginia, rehearsing “Second Shepherds’ Play.” 

The student plays are “To Start a Flame” by Olyvia Thompson and “Playing God” by Olivia Stevens, both English education majors from Martinsburg, West Virginia; and “A Murder Most Foul” by William Prudnick, a chemistry major from Beckley, West Virginia.

Dannah Lohr and Aero Santaella rehearsing the play to Start a Flame on the stage at Reynolds Hall.

Dannah Lohr (left), an English major from Bunker Hill, West Virginia, and Aero Santaella, a secondary education major from Clear Spring, Maryland, rehearse “To Start a Flame.” 

Performances are planned for March 31 and April 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 and 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 general admission; free for Shepherd students, faculty, and staff with a valid Rambler ID; and $2 for other students.

For more information, contact Dr. Betty Ellzey, chair, Department of English and Modern Languages, at or 304-876-5208.

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