Author: Katie Clark

ShakesBEER Trivia Event

The Rude Mechanicals have joined forces with Tri-Trivia to create a unique experience for trivia and Shakespeare lovers! Each round, winners will receive gift card from one of our sponsors Moonshot Brewing, Ethos or Layered Cake Artistry.

To make the evening extra special, add on a basket of goodies that include beer, cookies and The Rude Mechanicals swag! (local pick-up only)

We can’t wait to see you there!

Tickets available at

Upcoming Programs

Hey Friends,

Let’s talk about having fun and improving our craft!

We at The Rude Mechanicals have been working tirelessly to figure out the best ways we can keep sharp and provide some entertainment along the way. Everything seems to be falling into two categories:

  1. Entertainment
  2. Education

First, let’s talk about entertainment. We have some awesome opportunities coming up for socially distanced date nights and family fun nights. We’re talking about plays, trivia events and even a podcast.
Next, we’re going to keep our noggins sharp by having study sessions and workshops in all things Shakespeare-related.

The Rude Mechanicals want you to know that we’re going to keep pushing forward to create unique content for our community with the quality and style that you’re used to.

Katie Clark, Program Manager

The Heartbeat of Theatre

Iambic pentameter sounds like a heartbeat. Anyone familiar with blank verse knows the familiar bumBUM bumBUM bumBUM bumBUM bumBUM of the Bard’s work. His professions of love, his passionate soliloquies, nearly all have that heartbeat. Sometimes it races from fear or anger with short, clipped syllables. Sometimes the languid language slows to a crawl; drawing out that last breath with a loved one as if trying to stop the march of time itself. 

But the heartbeat remains. We must face the fear. We must face loss. We must soldier on because if the heartbeat stops so goes the poetry, the beauty of life.

As this world slows and races simultaneously within and without, I am finding more and more solace in the poetry. It doesn’t come from the words themselves or the stories. It comes from the ever marching beat of the heart.

It’s no secret that the theatre community is scared. We don’t know if our profession will ever look the same. We didn’t get the opportunity to draw out the moment; we didn’t know we had so little time with the artform as we knew it. Our hearts thrummed to the rhythm of fear and then determination, without dropping a syllable.

Shakespeare gave us this gift; we know as long as his work exists we have something in the body and soul of theatre pushing us forward. We cannot be completely still as long as his prose is there, giving us a beating heart.

Katie Clark, Program Manager