Mountain Statesman | Rustic Mechanicals returns to Taylor County with Bard & BBQ


KNOTSVILLE—For years, the Rustic Mechanicals have traveled to Taylor County to entertain residents and guests with their talented acting bands. And after a brief hiatus, the Mechanics will return to the area once more!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 2, when West Virginia’s only traveling Shakespearean band, part of the Vintage Theater Company, returns to the area for a show guests are sure to enjoy.

This time, instead of familiar venues such as Toad Hall or the local cafe, the troupe will perform outdoors in the scenic surroundings of Hartland Lake Marie Campground, located in Knottsville.

“I’ve worked with Jason Young for several years to help him bring Vintage Theater Company shows to Grafton,” said campground owner Tom Hart. “Jason suggested using Hartland as the venue as it has a nice outdoor atmosphere and may be able to attract more tourists and visitors to the area.”

“So we came up with the idea of ​​’Bard and Barbeque’,” he added.

Join Jason Young and the talented members of West Virginia’s First Professional Shakespeare Troupe on this stop on their Sweet Smoke of Rhetoric Tour as they perform The labor of love is lost.

Considered William Shakespeare’s most intellectual comedy, The labor of love is lost will take guests through the story of the King of Navarre and his three courtiers, Berowne, Dumaine and Longaville, who gave up all pleasures for three years in favor of a life of study.

However, when the Princess of France and her ladies enter the scene, the gentlemen soon realize that all bets are off, not all of them honoring their previous oaths.

The production of Rustic Mechanicals is filled with music, romance, charm and a good dose of hilarity, making it a show not to be missed.

Before the players take the stage, attendees will be treated to a delicious barbecue-style dinner.

Dinner will be served from 6:00 p.m. and the show will start at 7:00 p.m.

To attend the dinner and the show, reservations must be made and tickets will be sold at a cost of $25 each. Those wishing to purchase tickets can do so by visiting

The labor of love is lost is directed by Jim Warren, alongside intimacy director Jessica Morgan, and under technical direction by David Byard.

Jason A. Young is credited with costume design; Hair and Makeup Design, Samantha Huffman; Production Management, Haley Wilson; and Dramaturgy, John Shirley.

Mechanics featured in this production include newcomers Erica Cottrill, Mr. Eric Jett, Jackson Johnson, Jordan Kennedy Rea, Ben Long, Kyra McKillip, Kyia McGill, Tim Walker and cast veterans Derek Hess, Samantha Huffman, Jason A Young and Sarah Young. .

The Rustic Mechanicals have grown from a troupe of seven actors to a group of more than forty West Virginia performers. These actors are part of The Vintage Theater Company, founded in 2012. The company is West Virginia’s professional, non-union, for-profit theater company.

Rustic Mechanicals’ goal is to make Shakespeare’s plays accessible to modern audiences through the use of dynamic casting techniques combined with traditional Shakespearean stagecraft.

Founder Jason A. Young says Vintage is dedicated to providing high-quality theater education and professionally produced entertainment in West Virginia.

“Our goal is to go into communities to bring something to an area that might not normally have it,” he said. “No matter how big or small, we want to be able to get into those communities and bring those experiences to them.”


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