COLLEGEVILLE PA – What would John Barrymore think?
Barrymore, considered by many critics to be one of America’s finest actors, once played the role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet that made a theatrical splash in both London and New York. Now Barrymore’s ghost is urging a lesser actor but no less tortured soul, Andrew Rally, to fill the role as well, even though Rally hates Hamlet.
That’s the premise of “I Hate Hamlet,” a play written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Ursinus College Assistant Professor of Theater Dr. Beverly Redman, on March 28-30 (2012; Wednesday through Friday) at 7:30 each night in the Lenfest theater at the college’s Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, Collegeville PA.
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Tickets cost $5 for general admission, and $2 for students and senior citizens. For more information and reservations, call 610-409-3795.
The play tells the story of Rally, a television actor who has just been asked to play Hamlet. It’s normally a stage actor’s dream role, but Rally has trouble deciding whether he wants a stage career or a television career. It just happens that he is lives in an apartment once occupied by Barrymore. Things get a little weird, the college’s promoters claim, when the spirit of Barrymore visits Rally to convince him to take the part.
Redman, who has been on the Ursinus faculty since 2006, teaches voice and speech, theater history and literature there, and she also directs for the department.