FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Rustic Mechanicals Announce Cast and Tour Locations for Hamlet
The Rustic Mechanicals, now in their fifth season, have grown from a troupe of seven actors to this year boasting a roster of nearly thirty West Virginia artists.
Daniel Crowley headlines the production in the eponymous role of Hamlet.
“This is the most challenging role I have ever tried to wrap my mind around,” said Crowley. “Every time I encounter the text I discover a new motive, tactic, double entendre, or meaning. I completely understand why it is the Holy Grail for young actors.”
Audiences will also see Sarah Smith as Ophelia, Josh Brooks as King Claudius, Cassandra Hackbart as Queen Gertrude, John O’Connor as the doting Polonius, and Sean Marko as his son Laertes. Justin Grow and Kyle Stemple will appear as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as well as Marcellus and Barnardo. James Matthews is taking on the roles of the Ghost, the Player King, and the Gravedigger while Sarah Young will appear as Horatio. Rounding out the cast is Samantha Huffman as the Player Queen and a servant.
Young directs the production with Technical Direction by David Byard, Costume Design by Jason Noland, Fight Choreography by Millie Omps, Dramaturgy by John Shirley, and with Tommy Schoffler serving as the production’s Movement Coach and Celi Oliverto serving as the troupe’s Acting Coach.
“Touring Shakespeare is a 400-year-old-tradition,” said Young. “These troupe members understand the nobility of the work and the heritage that they are a part of. I fully expect this tour to be a labor of love for us all.”
Vintage Theatre Company’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young cordially invites audiences to attend a performance of The Rustic Mechanicals’ Forget & Forgive Tour of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. It starts October 12th and ends October 29th
For more information about The Forget & Forgive Tour of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, email VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com or call 1-855-VTC-8588.
“Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Rustic Mechanicals Announce Cast and Tour Locations for The Merry Wives of Windsor
Gretchen Ross and Kaici Lore headline this production as Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, the merry wives, with Josh Brooks as Master Ford and Justin Grow as Master Page, their cuckolded husbands. Jason A. Young takes on the iconic role of Sir John Falstaff. Sarah Young plays Mistress Anne Page with her suitors Slender, Dr. Caius, and Master Fenton played by Isaac Covey, Steve McElroy, and Michael Vozniak. Rounding out the cast are Samantha Huffman as Mistress Quickly and Aaron Harris as Sir Hugh Evans.
For more information about The Dissembling Knight Tour of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, email VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com or call 1-855-VTC-8588 or visit The Rustic Mechanicals on Facebook and click on events.
“I encourage our community to forget what they think they know about Shakespeare,” said Oliveto. “This play is far from uptight, stuffy, or difficult to understand; rather, this play would be more at home living in the world of the Three Stooges or I Love Lucy.”