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Rustic Mechanicals theatre troupe continue quest to bring Shakespeare to West Virginia masses

By Bill Lynch, Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On a blacktop parking lot outside the Uptown Event Center in Clarksburg during the scorching heat of early September, The Rustic Mechanicals theater troupe sweated, panted and gasped as they rehearsed scenes from William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Artists sometimes have to suffer for their art. For this show, they burned under the heat of the sun.

“We referred to it as ‘the frying pan,’” Jason Young, artistic director for the company, said. “It was so hot.”

It was also the safest way to rehearse and the troupe’s best chance for getting the production ready.

Recorded on stage in October, this production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be offered free to schools and home-school teachers by the end of the month as a learning tool…

To read more: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/arts_and_entertainment/rustic-mechanicals-continue-quest-to-bring-shakespeare-to-the-masses/article_7057c11f-bb70-5311-b480-0f6fb369fd91.html

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