Kaleidoscope 2019


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] performed one last time -
at the Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival at The Princess Theatre.

We were honored to receive the Ralph Eaton New Horizons Award (Best exemplifies the ideals of great showmanship in the theatre), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Alli Talmage)



One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and often quoted in popular culture, Hamlet is the tale of Denmark’s grieving prince who seeks to avenge his father’s murder by bringing the new king, Claudius (his uncle and his mother’s new husband) to justice. Hamlet vividly portrays the power of overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of treachery, revenge, and moral corruption.

The Rude Mechanicals’ production of Hamlet stars Cameron Milton in the leading role. Milton has worked professionally for fifteen years in California on the NBC network, performed and trained with The Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theatre in New York, and acted in multiple films in Portland. He holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Idaho. Other actors in major roles include Jim Wutzke as Claudius and the Ghost of King Hamlet, Miriam Kerzner as Gertrude, Robert Chisholm as Polonius, Claire Dann as Ophelia, Anthony Ochoa as Rosencrantz and Gravedigger, Samantha Weakley as Gulidenstern and Gravedigger, Bryan Grossman as Horatio, and Robert John Hanson as Laertes.

The show is directed by Ellicia Elliott, co-founder and artistic director of The Rude Mechanicals. She holds a MA in Theatre Production from Central Washington University, and is a candidate for a MFA in Directing from the University of Idaho. Elliott’s concept was inspired by and has received the blessing of Bill Rauch, the artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, focusing on the process of grief, bereavement, and revenge in a contemporary time. Ghosts from the past will be visible through design elements, tying in the history of this famous and gut-wrenching play to how it is still incredibly relevant in our current time.

Shakespeare in the Vines


Save the date for The Rude Mechanicals first gala fundraiser! Join us at Frichette Winery for an evening of superb wine, delicious food, and fantastic entertainment. 

We are currently looking for event and table sponsors; if this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please e-mail ellicia@rmtheatre.org

Tickets and specific details will be available by mid-August.

We are excited to share this special evening with our community, and we hope to see you there! 

Please note: This is a 21 and over event.

Shakespeare Walla Walla presents The Tempest


We're excited partner with Shakespeare Walla Walla to reprise our production of THE TEMPEST. AUG 10, 11, 12 @ the Whitman Amphitheater

Aided by supernatural powers and magical spirits, the exiled Duke Prospero dispenses justice while overseeing the growing attraction between Miranda and the princely son of one of his foes. In Shakespeare’s romance, sorcery and love transmute vengeance into humility and humanity, making it possible for all to return to a world made new by the power of forgiveness. Join us on the enchanted island at Whitman College’s outdoor amphitheater. August 10-12 at 7:00pm, seating begins at 6:15pm. A $10 donation is suggested. Festival lawn seating – blankets and picnic dinners are encouraged.

Announcing our 2018-2019 Season

Thank for auditioning! 

We are pleased to announce our 2018-2019! Check out our our Facebook page for all the details.

We're excited about working with many of you for the 2018-2019 season.


Company Audition Info & Movie Night

The Rude Mechanicals are hosting an informational meeting for anyone interested in auditioning for the 2018-2019 acting company, the high school acting apprentice program, and the directing apprentice programs. We'll meet at The Uptown Theatre on April 26 at 6:30 PM. Artistic Director Ellicia Elliott will explain what changes are being made for the new season, how best to prepare to audition for the company, and to answer any questions you may have.

(Company auditions are scheduled for May 5th at FUSE.)

After the meeting, you are invited to stay to watch a powerful documentary, "Shakespeare Behind Bars," which focuses on a group of men in prison rehearsing and performing The Tempest. 

This event is free and open to anyone wanting to find out more info about next year, and/or to watch this powerful documentary. For those only interested in watching the documentary, please arrive by 7:30 PM.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Ellicia at ellicia@rmtheatre.org.

Shakespeare's Birthday



Our annual birthday party for the Bard will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 2 PM to 4 PM at Paper Street Brewing Company in the Parkway in Richland.

We'll have cupcakes, trivia, prizes, and other fun odds and ends to celebrate the awesomeness of Shakespeare.

Update: Thank you to all who attended. Special thanks who signed up for a recurring donation to support our company! Huzzah! 

Dapper Day vs Rockabilly Rebel

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Opening Weekend of The Merry Wives of Windsor

Dress up in your Dapper Best or as a Rockabilly Rebel, and you’ll receive free admission to our Backstage Pass and a free seat cushion rental (must purchase a ticket to the show). You’ll also be eligible to win some amazing prizes, have your photo taken at our Merry Wives photo booth, and have the opportunity for other opening weekend specials!

The Merry Wives of Windsor


What do you get when you combine one disgraced knight, two crafty wives, three doting suitors, and a sea of polka dots? A comedy of course! The Rude Mechanicals, Eastern Washington’s premier Shakespeare theatre company, presents The Merry Wives of Windsor, February 15-17 and 22-24 at The Uptown Theatre in Richland. 

This production utilizes a familiar setting: the 1950's TV sitcom that harkens back to “I Love Lucy." While the setting may be familiar, the design concept brings a bit of an edge combining the classic look of the 1950's with the added fun of rockabilly touches.

The Rude Mechanicals are dedicated to making Shakespeare entertaining and understandable. To help in further educating and enriching the experience for audiences, we offer a pre-show discussion called the Backstage Pass. Tickets for the Backstage Pass are $10 and are available in addition to tickets to the show.

Performances are February 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at 7 PM, with 2 PM matinees on February 17 and 24. Tickets will be available February 5 and range in price from $5 to $50 and are available at rmtheatre.org, the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet, and at the door. 

This adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy is sure to be a zany, spirited, and hilarious evening!

Suitability Suggestions: This production is considered appropriate for all ages. Falstaff does attempt to seduce two women who are already married...but in very comedic ways. If you have any questions, please e-mail artistic director Ellicia Elliott at ellicia@rmtheatre.org



"Something wicked this way comes...."

The Rude Mechanicals proudly present MACBETH

Buy your tickets now!

On a barren heath, three sisters tell the great and bloodied Macbeth that he is fated to be King of Scotland. And so begins a terrifying series of events that lead to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children. Macbeth and his Lady fall prey to a soul-corroding guilt as they desperately try and cling to the defiled crown.

Performances are October 26, 27, 28 and November 2, 3, and 4 at The Uptown Theatre
Show time is 7 PM each night, along with 2 PM matinees on October 28 and November 4. Tickets on sale October 1 on our website and at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music.

Suitability suggestions: This story of war and horrific choices resulting in tragic consequences may be most enjoyed by audience members ages 13 and up. This production will include stage violence and intense dramatic moments that may be overwhelming for younger audience members. A “Backstage Pass” pre-show event is available before each performance to discuss themes and elements of the play, and to answer any questions audience members may have. (Backstage Pass tickets are $10 and will be available at all ticket outlets.)

For more information, please e-mail Artistic Director Ellicia Elliott at ellicia@rmtheatre.org