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 I Hate Hamlet 

Directed by Larry Kelsey
Produced by Kathy Hepner
Saturday, June 
24 and Sunday, 25 at 1:00 p.m both days
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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 canceled; 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 apartment. This prompts a seance 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 the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

Show dates:  September 10-16

Cast of characters:

Andrew Rally - handsome, charming television star - late twenties to early thirties

John Barrymore – ghost of the John Barrymore, witty, rakish, charming, 40 – 60 (specific age not as important as the ability to convey the larger than life Barrymore persona)

Deirdre McDavey – Andrew’s passionate, wildly romantic, yet virginal girlfriend – late twenties to early thirties

Felicia Dantine – Andrew’s affable but quirky real estate agent – thirties to fifties

Lillian Troy – Andrew’s agent, German, tough, but with a sentimental side – seventies

Gary Peter Lefkowitz – Andrew’s writer-producer-director friend from L.A., smarmy, crass, calculating – late thirties to forties