Department of Theatre presents 'I Hate Hamlet'

The Theatre Department at Lake Erie College will present the popular and hilarious I Hate Hamlet written by Paul Rudnick. This play tells the story of Andrew Rally, an actor reluctant to play Hamlet until the ghost of John Barrymore, the famous American actor, comes to tutor him. The show will be directed by Professor of Theatre, Jerry Jaffe, Ph.D. The performances will take place October 31, November 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. with two matinees November 3rd and 10th at 2:00 p.m. All performances take place C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts.  

Paul Rudnick was inspired to write I Hate Hamlet when he had chance to stay in John Barrymore’s real New York apartment. In the play, Andrew (Cameron Zona) moves into an apartment once owned by Barrymore, and soon Barrymore’s ghost appears to help him prepare. The ghost of Barrymore is played by Lance Gentile. Andrew not only hates the play Hamlet but is also afraid to play him. Other characters include Andrew’s girlfriend Deirdre, played by LEC alumna Jamie Kuta ’17 and Andrew’s Hollywood producer friend Gary (Jerry Simmons) who comes with an offer of a new TV role. Andrew’s agent, Lillian, is played by Beverly Kristy and the cast is rounded out by real estate agent and psychic Felicia, played by LEC alumna Jessi Moore ’17. Moore is excited to be back on the Rickle stage, saying “I Hate Hamlet is so much fun, I had to audition!”

This production of I Hate Hamlet is opening on Halloween. “It is a ghost story!” explains Dr. Jaffe.  To celebrate the occasion, there will be a Halloween party for opening night. Anyone wearing a costume will be admitted for free. There will be a reception after with punch, cookies, and goody bags.  In addition, LEC alum Matt Sucre ’97 will be doing a ghost-themed story telling event, which is open to the public. Beginning at approximately 10:30 p.m., he will be doing a live stream of his podcast 100 Ghost Story Adventure. People will be invited to join in and share their own stories. Sucre describes it as “Doing a Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, which is a classical Japanese story-telling game.” 

Sucre is also the lighting designer for I Hate Hamlet, also helping to create the ghostly effects for the play. The set is being designed by Ray Beach and the technical director is LEC alumna Julie Harter ’07.

Tickets for the event are $5 for community members and free for all Lake Erie College students and staff. No reservations are necessary. Language and content is safe for most ages, parental guidance suggested. For more information, contact the Lake Erie College’s Theatre office at 440.375.7451.

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