SEASON TWO, 2019
I HATE HAMLET
by Paul Rudnick
Directed by Alan Burrows
17 May to 1 Jun 2019
Evenings at 8pm, Matinees at 2:15pm
Set in John Barrymore’s old apartment in New York City – at the time, the author’s real-life home – 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.
CHARACTERS (3F, 3M)
American accents are required.
Andrew Rally (25-35) – Young and popular, Andrew Rally is a television actor and star of a recently cancelled 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.
Deirdre McDavey (20-30) – Alluring and emotional, she is Rally’s girlfriend. She is committed, much to his annoyance, to “saving herself ” until they are married.
Felicia Dantine (25-40) – Andrew Rally’s real estate broker, she 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.
John Barrymore (40+) – A legendary actor, perhaps the greatest Shakespearean actor who ever lived, or, rather, his ghost is still quite active (in many ways) and appears to help Rally in the nuances of both acting and love.
Lillian Troy (60+) – Rally’s agent, Lillian remembers fondly an affair she had with John Barrymore many years ago, in the apartment Rally now lives in.
Gary Peter Lefkowitz (30-50) – A cocky, pompous television producer, he gave Rally his first big break. Garry 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.
Auditions by appointment only
Sunday 17 February
Monday 18 February
At BTC Theatre from 7pm
For enquiries and to book an audition time please contact the Director, Alan Burrows by email on email@example.com or by phone on 0412077761.
Information for prospective auditionees:
It is highly desirable that anyone wishing to audition should know the play well enough to be able to describe the “story”.
Actors need to be able to commit unconditionally not only for an entire performance season but also for all scheduled rehearsals at which their attendance is required.