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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 announce auditions for the spring production of three plays written by Shepherd University students. The three plays include: The Dream Girl by L Harvey, The Bird by Abi McClung, and Wishing You Were Here by Frank Santiago-Cabrera. The auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 26th, and Wednesday, January 27th, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Masks are required! There are roles (large and small) for all genders and all levels of experience. Tech crew, video artists, and artists are also needed. Shepherd students can earn three credits by participating and enrolling in ENGL170 (CRN 40723) or ENGL470 (CRN 40724). Community members aged 16 and over are welcome to audition, too! For more information, contact Dr. Betty Ellzey ( or 304-876-5208).