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West Virginia Wesleyan College hosts the Rustic Mechanicals’ Shakespeare Touring Company April 17-18

BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – The Rustic Mechanicals’ Tumbling Dice Tour comes to the Performing Arts Center on Monday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. with “Romeo & Juliet” and Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. with “Henry IV Part 1.” Both performances are free and open to the public. Both shows feature Wesleyan theater alumna Pippa McGinley ‘22, who is starring as Juliet.

“My only love sprung from my only hate!” What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate? Ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents, two young people will risk everything to be together. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. Will this spark a revolution, or will division continue to tear through the generations?

With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, reveling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of the war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

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

The Mechanicals now tour five shows annually, including their summer West Virginia Shakespeare in the Park(s) outdoor tour and script-in-hand productions that we call, “a Play, a Pie, and a Pint,” focusing on making Shakespeare’s plays accessible to modern audiences by utilizing dynamic and extreme casting techniques paired with Shakespeare’s staging conditions.

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