“I Hate Hamlet” – Spring 2019

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I Hate Hamlet

Directed by James Sulanowski

Attleboro Community Theatre is pleased to announce open auditions for the final show of ACT’s 62nd season. “I Hate Hamlet” will be directed by James Sulanowski and auditions will take place on February 18th and 19th from 7pm-9pm at Attleboro Community Theatre, located in the basement of the Ezekiel Bates Lodge at 71 N Main St, Attleboro, MA.

Show dates include May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19
*All actors must be able to perform in all 9 shows and be available for tech week leading into opening night.

Synopsis

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 holds a séance. Barrymore proves to be very convincing, 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

FELICIA (30-50) Savvy New York City real estate agent and mystic medium. Quirky…obviously!!

ANDREW (25-30) Successful soap star. Very ambivalent at being cast as Hamlet in a Shakespeare in the Park production. Andrew becomes very conflicted over the two career paths this opportunity presents – a dubious New York theater career or a return to L.A, where continued T.V. fame and fortune await him.
DEIRDRE (20-30) Andrew’s wildly romantic girlfriend. She enjoys a whole-hearted swoon every few seconds. A beacon of breathless wonder. Oh, yeah, she’s a virgin. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

LILLIAN 60-70) Andrew’s crusty, chain-smoking New York agent. Germanic, to boot! Had an affair with John Barrymore in her youth.

BARRYMORE (40-60) Legendary actor, John Barrymore, or, rather, his ghost is still quite active and appears to help Andrew in the nuances of both acting and love. Lusty, hard-drinking rogue.

GARY (30-50). Andrew’s crass, calculating L.A. agent. Shamelessly exuberant. Gary loves his life, always looking for the next deal. Gary has a healthy contempt for “high art.”

Those interested should bring a resume if they have one, with or without photo and calendar of conflicts. You do not have to attend both nights unless you choose to do so. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. [Copies of the sides are available by clicking on link below OR by emailing the director at jimandanita1@cox.net with subject line: HAMLET SIDES and .pdf files will be sent to you].

Questions? Contact Director at email listed above. Also looking for Stage Manager. If interested, please contact Director.

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