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monDAY, OCT 10, 7PM
WEDNESDAY, OCT 12, 7PM

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ABOUT I HATE HAMLET

Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been cancelled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew’s current apartment. This prompts a séance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and fears of failure playing Hamlet in Central Park. 

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ABOUT THE CHARACTERS (3M/3F)

ANDREW RALLY (20’s/early 30’s) Andrew is an aspiring actor, fresh off a leading role in hot television show but now facing the daunting assignment of playing Hamlet in Central Park. His must navigate his own fragile ego, his growing sexual frustration, and the ghost of John Barrymore, to find the validation he desperately seeks. 

JOHN BARRYMORE (40’s-60’s) The ghost of the famous larger-than-life actor whose mission (from beyond) is to convince Andrew to play Hamlet. 

DIERDRE McDAVEY (20’s/early 30’s) Andrew’s naïve girlfriend from a privileged background. A hopeless romantic with a firm hold on her virginity, much to her boyfriend’s torment. 

LILLIAN TROY (60’s-70’s) Andrew’s agent, who has had a “history” with John Barrymore. She is frank with a dry sense of humor. (German accent a plus). 

FELICIA DANTINE (30’s-50’s) Andrew’s real estate agent who is fascinated with the world of theatre and claims to have a sense of the supernatural. (Ability to do a NY accent a plus but not required.) 

GARY PETER  LEFKOWITZ (30’s-40’s) Andrew’s hot-shot LA TV writer/producer with no true appreciation for theatre, especially Shakespeare. LA chic, lots of platitudes and insincere charm. 

 

*Ages refer to the character’s age, not the actor’s.