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I Hate Hamlet - by Paul Rudnick



Saturday, August 4, 10am
Monday, August 6, 6pm

Directed by: Jim Weinzettle and Dave Strong

Set in John Barrymore's old apartment in New York City - the play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity, and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore, who, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part. Real estate agent Felicia Dantine convinces Rally to stay in the apartment and hold a seance.

Barrymore proves to be very convincing (challenging Andrew to a sword fight in the middle of the New York loft), and Andrew decides to play Hamlet. But when a Hollywood friend shows up offering Andrew a new role in a television pilot, with a potentially large salary and fame, Andrew is forced to choose between Shakespeare, whom his girlfriend loves, or television, where he is loved by millions.

Felicia Dantine- Andrew Rally's real estate broker, Felicia Dantine claims that she can speak to the dead; however, her séance arranged to speak with the ghost of Barry more appears on the surface to have been a failure. Felicia might have Brooklyn or New York accent.

Andrew Rally- Young and popular, Andrew Rally is a television actor and star of a recently canceled soap opera. He just moved to New York City from Los Angeles, where he will soon be playing Hamlet on stage. He is both overwhelmed and chagrined by the challenge, because it is the stage, not Hollywood, and because it is perhaps the most difficult role every written. However, he has unwittingly moved into the apartment of the deceased John Barrymore, perhaps the greatest Shakespearean actor who ever lived.

Deirdre McDavey- Attractive and emotional, Deirdre McDavey is Rally's girlfriend. She is committed, much to his annoyance, to "saving herself" until they are married.

Lillian Troy- Rally's agent, Lillian Troy is in her 60s, and remembers fondly an affair she had with John Barry more many years ago, in the apartment Rally now lives in. Lillian has a strong German accent. 

John Barrymore- A lengendary actor, John Barrymore, or, rather, his ghost is still quite active (in many ways) and appears to help Rally in the nuances of both acting and love.

Gary Peter Lefkowitz- A cocky, pompous television producer, Gary Peter Lefkowitz gave Rally his first big break. He wants Rally to move back to Los Angeles to film a new television series and can't understand why he isn't jumping at the chance.

Saturday, August 4, 10am
Monday, August 6, 6pm
In the lobby of Kress Theatre: 1101 3rd St, Alexandria, LA 71301

Select script pages will be printed and available for auditions.

Rehearsals will begin August 7
Show dates: October 11-21, 2018. (Mandatory dress rehearsals October 8-10)

For questions and more, please email: or call 318-484-4478.

2018 CPP Grant Sponsors

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.  Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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