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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 hold auditions for Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well on Wednesday, August 30th, and Thursday, August 31st, from 8:00 – 10:30 p.m., in Reynolds Hall.  There are roles (large and small) for all genders and all levels of experience.  In addition to actors, tech crew, musicians, singers, dancers, visual artists, video artists, and costume designers are needed.  Shepherd University students earn 3 credits for participating on stage or behind the scenes.  Community members over 16 are also welcome to audition. For more information, contact Dr. Betty Ellzey ( or 304 876-5208).