Theatre

Blackburn Hall

Date

April 19th – May 14th, 2017

Days & Times

Wednesday & Thursday 7:30pm
Friday & Saturday 8:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm

Description

Television actor Andrew Rally has moved to New York and has been offered to play Hamlet.  The only problem?  He hates Hamlet.  While dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity, a canceled TV show, and struggling with Shakespeare, he is visited by the ghost of John Barrymore. The laughs are nonstop as Barrymore introduces our ambivalent young friend to the joys of fame, dames, and melancholy Danes.

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Auditions

AUDITIONS: February 4, 2017

REHEARSAL START: March 6, 2017

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Contact:Patrice Shields
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The Naples Players at The Sugden Theatre
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GHOSTS, GAGS & THE GREAT JOHN BARRYMORE
THE NAPLES PLAYERS PRESENT PAUL RUDNICK’S HYSTERICAL COMEDY
I HATE HAMLET
PERFORMANCES APRIL 19-MAY 14, 2017 IN BLACKBURN HALL

NAPLES, FL  (February 15, 2017) – The Naples Players (TNP) present Paul Rudnick’s comedy I Hate Hamlet, opening Wednesday, April 19 with performances through May 14, 2017. Andrew Rally (Jesse Heindl) is a prime-time television star who reluctantly agrees to play Hamlet in Central Park when his hit show L.A. Medical, is canceled. His dreamy but chaste girlfriend, Deirdre (Madeline Leon), and real estate agent, Felicia (Mary Anne McKerrow) are thrilled about the gig and the amazing New York City apartment she found for him that once belonged to the great John Barrymore (John McKerrow). In addition to having to deal with his short-lived success in LA, Andrew has a major issue with his once in a lifetime theatrical opportunity, he hates Hamlet.

Andrew’s agent Lillian Troy (Mary Wallace) and one time fling of Barrymore attempts to summon him by way of her departed mother, who picks up when Lilian reminds her it is after 10:00pm and the rates are down. The séance is successful and the haughty and hammy Barrymore returns In Shakespearean tights, making a beeline for the closest bottle of champagne. Barrymore’s ghost is played with swashbuckling comedic perfection by John McKerrow. Having led the local troupe Shakespeare in Paradise, McKerrow has more than a great understanding of the material.  As Barrymore, he imparts lessons on life, love and seduction to the discontented young Andrew who dreads playing the role people ritualistically refer to as the greatest in the English-speaking world, Hamlet. The laughs are nonstop as the rakish Barrymore introduces the ambivalent young Andrew to the joys of fame, dames and melancholy Danes with some finely orchestrated dueling. Just when we think the ghost of Barrymore has gotten through to Andrew, his crass and calculating L.A. agent Gary Lefkowitz (Paul Polomsky) turns up to offer him a million-dollar TV deal if he drops out and does not play Hamlet.

TNP is lucky to have Dr. D. Terry Williams, professor and longtime chair of Western Michigan University’s (WMU) Department of Theatre direct Rudnick’s farce with the good-natured lightness it deserves. Williams is a visiting director at TNP who in 2007 was honored when WMU renamed its’ Multiform Theatre to the Williams Theatre, to mark the many contributions Williams made to both the University and community.

I Hate Hamlet is about art vs. glory, fame vs. destiny, love vs. sex, Shakespeare vs. prime time and most importantly, tights vs. pants,” says TNP’s Artistic Director Bryce Alexander. “Come for the laughs and stay for the great night of theatre.”

I Hate Hamlet opens April 19, with performances through May 14, 2017 at the Sugden Theater in Blackburn Hall, 701 5th Ave South, Naples, FL. (Wednesdays & Thursdays 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00pm and Sundays 2:00pm.)  Tickets are $35 adults and $10 students (under 21). For tickets and more information visit www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) 263, 7990.

For tickets and more information about The Naples Players’ upcoming shows at the Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, visit www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) 263, 7990. Box office hours M-F 10-4, Sat 10-1 and 2-hours before showtime.

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