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Shepherd’s Rude Mechanicals offers four plays March 27-April 4

By Staff | Mar 23, 2015

Shepherd University’s Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will present performances of four plays, including three written by students, from March 27-April 4.

The three student-authored plays that were written by three Shepherd English majors as part of a drama writing course in the fall semester are:

“The Poet and the Muse” by LaShawn Tolson of Washington, D.C., a play where Shakespearean characters come to life in the 21st century.

“What Makes a Man” by Alex Hale of Falling Waters, which explores traditional and not-so-traditional concepts of masculinity.

“The Disappearance of Ruby Young” by Rachel Witter of Martinsburg, an exploration of the consequences of catfishing, or creating a false online persona.

The Rude Mechanicals will also perform the comedy “Sapientia” by Hrothsvita, who was a 10th century German nun and writer. Dr. Betty Ellzey, English department chair, said the group has been invited to perform “Sapientia” at the University of Toronto in Canada in June.

Performances will take place in Reynold’s Hall during the following days and times:

Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.: “Sapientia” and “The Poet and the Muse”

Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.: “Sapientia” and “The Poet and the Muse”

Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m.: “The Disappearance of Ruby Young,” “What Makes a Man,” and “The Poet and the Muse”

Wednesday, April 1, 9 p.m.: “Sapientia” and “What Makes a Man”

Thursday, April 2, 9 p.m.: “Sapientia” and “The Disappearance of Ruby Young”

Friday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.: “Sapientia” and “What Makes a Man”

Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.: “Sapientia” and “The Disappearance of Ruby Young”

Admission is free for Shepherd students; $5 for the general public; $2 for Shepherd faculty and staff; and $2 for other students. For more information, contact Ellzey at bellzey@shepherd.edu.