The Rustic Mechanicals

Rustic Mechanicals Rustic Mechanicals TMaxPhoto090Founded by Celi Oliveto in the summer of 2014, The Rustic Mechanicals are the only troupe of actors in the state dedicated to touring the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights.

The Mechanicals tour three shows annually focusing on making Shakespeare’s plays accessible to modern audiences by utilizing interesting production concepts, dynamic staging, and extreme casting.

Previous productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo & Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Lear, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet and an original supernatural salon entitled Toil & Trouble.

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The Mechanicals 2019 season includes…

Vienna is a hovel for brothels and promiscuous behavior. The Duke, reluctant to wield his power to clean up the city leaves, transferring the responsibility to his deputy, Angelo. Angelo soon starts implementing harsh and radical changes. Young Claudio finds himself afoul of an ancient law when he gets his love Juliet pregnant. Angelo sentences him to death for his crimes of fornicating out of wedlock. Claudio’s friend Lucio meets with Claudio’s sister Isabella and plead with her to change Angelo’s mind. Thus begins a plot of intrigue and mistaken identity.

Directed by kb saine alongside Associate Director Celi Oliveto, with Fight Direction by Millie Omps, and with Production Design by Trina Byard, Hair & Make-up Design by Samantha Huffman, Sound Design by bri conley, Technical Direction by David Byard, Dramaturgy by John Shirley, and Production Management by Sarah Young, The Mechanicals featured in this production include Josh Brooks, Isaac Covey, Daniel A. Crowley, Justin Grow, Cassandra Noel Hackbart, Kaici Lore, Casey Johnson, Sean Marko, James Matthews, Brandon Rose, Sarah Smith, Jason A. Young, and Sarah Young.

Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy stirs wit, sentiment, intrigue, and love into a charming confection which challenges the traditional rules of romance. At its heart, a feisty but feminine Rosalind, in love with the endearingly naive Orlando, uses her disguise as Ganymede too council him playfully in the art of wooing. Distraction is provided by the remarkably funny Touchstone, and the sonorous tones and lugubrious wit of Jacques.

Directed by Jim Warren with Fight Direction by Cliff Williams alongside Associate Fight Director Sean Shearer, Technical Direction by David Byard, Costume Design by Jason Noland, Hair & Make-Up Design by Samantha Huffman, Dramaturgy by John Shirley, and Production Management by Hope Roy and Haley Wilson, The Mechanicals featured in this production include Callia Byard, Daniel Crowley, Sarah Beth Ealy, Bridget Rue Esterhuizen, Justin Grow, Cassandra Noel Hackbart, Sean Marko, Steve McElroy, Michael Vozniak, Jason A Young, and Sarah Young.

A fierce general. A skilled orator. A savvy politician. This is Julius Caesar, one of the world’s greatest leaders and ruler of the Roman Empire. His ascent to power is filled with sacrifice, murder, and betrayal. With the beautiful Cleopatra on one arm and a sword in the other, Caesar seized control of a vast territory, winning legions of followers, making enemies and creating history, before falling at the hands of Brutus, his most trusted ally. Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy is an ageless story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Julius Caesar: a remarkable man who became an unforgettable legend.

Directed by Jason A Young alongside Associate Director Dylan Morrison Myers, with Fight Direction by Millie Omps, and with Technical Direction by David Byard, Costume Design by Jason Noland, Hair & Make-Up Design by Samantha Huffman, Dramaturgy by John Shirley, and Production Management by Sarah Young, The Mechanicals featured in this production include Josh Brooks, Daniel A. Crowley, John Fallon, Cassandra Noel Hackbart, Kayla Hudimac, Samantha Huffman, Bailey Kershner, James Matthews, Steve McElroy, Kyle Stemple, and Sarah Young.

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