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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 will present William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It beginning Friday, November 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Other performances will take place Saturday, November 3rd, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 4th, at 3 p.m.; Wednesday, November 7th, and Thursday, November 8th, at 8:30 p.m.; Friday, November 9th, and Saturday, November 10th, at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $8 for the general public; free for Shepherd students, faculty, & staff; and $2 other students and children.

Shepherd University students in the cast and crew are Emily Behrmann, Valerie Browne, Raphael Corletta, Austin Fitzgerald, Elijah Fritz, Lauren Harvey, Gabrielle Hess, Derrick John, Tiffany Kline, Lydia King, Dylan Kontra, TK Lindsay, Kaitlan Pickering, and Ainslie Stedman. Shepherd University alumni in the cast and crew are Michaela Keyser, Ashley Hall, Sean Milito, Jeannie Moore, and Deidre Morrison. Also in the cast is Shepherd’s Office of International Affairs staff member Eva Olsson.

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