The New Surry Theatre's 43rd Season
I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick
May 15, 16, 15 (Sunday matinee)
May 22, 23, 24
May 27, 28
Evening performances are at 7:00 PM and the Sunday matinees are at 3:00 PM.
Directed by Robin Jones.
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. Adding a further dimension is Andrew's elderly agent who shares a secret from her past. 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. (Wikipedia)
..unapologetically silly and at times hilarious... affectionately amusing about the theater...
- The New York Times
..fast-mouthed and funny... It has the old-fashioned Broadway virtues of brightness without pretension and sentimentality without morals.
- The Village Voice
Other NST productions in 2015...
Annie: July 24, 25, 26 (matinee), 31, August 1, 2 (matinee), 7, 8, 14, 15
Directed by are Shari John
...and Summer Acting Camp runs July 6 through July 10th.
The directors listed above are protégés
of Artistic Director Bill Raiten and graduates of his
Directing for the Stage class.
Directing for the Stage is one of seven classes offered by NST this Winter.
The January 2015 Semester of the
NEW SURRY THEATRE PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL
(Exact starting date to be announced soon.)