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 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.

Cast/Characters

Felicia Dantine – Lynn Rybicki

Andrew Rally – Dirk R. Milsted

Deirdre McDavey – Kimberly Ann Nysse

Lillian Troy – Lorranine Selinski

John Barrymore – Kevin Horne

Gary Peter Lefkowitz – Jim English

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Set Design: Marty Kooi

Costume Design: Joyce Nery

Light Design: Scott A. Heck

Master Electrician: Andy P. Schmidt

Sound Design: Todd Jaeger

Properties: Karen Held

Make-Up Design: Pam Rutherford

Master Carpenter: Don Held

Paint Master: Peter Moody

Lobby Photography: Steve Irish/ Irish Studios