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I Hate Hamlet

By Paul Rudnick

In this hilarious offbeat comedy, the ghost of a legendary actor returns to his old apartment in New York to convince television star Andrew Rally to take an offer to play Hamlet. Does Andrew take on the dream role to play Hamlet or does he pursue the life of a celebrity with all of its fame and glory?

Director I Hate Hamlet, Bill Fennelly

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is committed to building diversity, equity and inclusion both onstage and throughout our organization. We encourage all actors to submit video auditions. Artists who are members of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to audition.  

SEEKING
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is seeking Equity and Non-Equity local actors for I Hate Hamlet.

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SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
EMAIL a headshot and resume to Eloisa Ferrer, Company Manager/Producing Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. subject line “I Hate Hamlet Video Submission” with a link to your video. Actors should prepare the sides in the Dropbox link below for the role they are auditioning for. If a reader is not available to assist with the recording of the sides, the actor may submit a comedic monologue in the style of the show and character.

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021
CALLBACKS WILL BE HELD IN PERSON ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 30, 2021
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Opening Night is Tuesday, February 10, 2022
Closing is Sunday, February 20, 2022

I Hate Hamlet Character Breakdown

Felicia Dantine: (late 30’s to 50’s) Open to any race, any ethnicity. An imposing woman. She is a real estate agent with an almost carnal passion for Manhattan apartments. She speaks with a hoarse buoyant voice and a hint of Queens nasality - a jubilant New York honk – or a jubilant approach to the actor’s unique ethnic dialect. This character has onstage intimacy with the character of John Barrymore which includes being kissed passionately on the back of her neck.

Andrew Rally: (late 20’s to 30’s) Caucasian. Jewish. An actor in his late twenties or early thirties. He is handsome and charming. He possesses the polished easy air of a television star. Andrew could easily glide through life wafting on a cloud of good looks and affability. He is more than accustomed to being the center of attention. He possesses a potent charm. Yet, under this charming exterior beats a tender and vulnerable heart. Actor must be able to move well; we are seeking an actor with stage combat experience, a current SPT in single sword or smallsword with the SAFD is a plus. This character has onstage intimacy with the character of Deirdre McDavey which includes several moments of passionate kissing and physicality.

Deirdre McDavey: (late 20’s but looks much younger) Caucasian. She is twenty-nine years old but looks much younger. She is Andrew’s girlfriend. She is a bohemian Los Angeles Valley Girl imagining herself as a Bronte heroine. Deirdre must be played with a delicious comic fervor. She is a wild romantic but never foolish. She is always on the verge of a swoon; and while she enjoys being swept away by tidal wave of emotion every few seconds, she is delightfully resilient. To her life is a miracle a minute. She is a beacon of breathless wonder with a soul full of romantic enthusiasm. Actor must be able to move well, experience with contact improv or unarmed stage combat a plus. This character has onstage intimacy with the character of Andrew Rally which includes several moments of passionate kissing and physicality, and moments of intimacy with John Barrymore which includes light facial stroking and being kissed on the neck.

Lillian Troy: (70’s) Caucasian. Elegant Germanic. A striking silver-haired woman in her seventies. A picture of elegance who smokes unfiltered Camel cigarettes. She speaks with a regal German accent. She has a no-nonsense manner combined with a wicked sense of humor - she delights at any sort of hijinks. She is Andrew’s agent. Her tough exterior is a cover for deep romantic passions. Actor must be able to move well, ballroom dance experience a plus. The actor will have a romantic and intimate ballroom dance with the character of John Barrymore.

John Barrymore: (50’s to 60) Caucasian. He is phenomenally sexual and dashing, the very image of a sly romantic hero. He possesses a witty and rakish charm combined with a wicked bounding glee, and not an ounce of pedantry. Actor must be able to move well; we are seeking an actor with stage combat experience, a current SPT in single sword or smallsword with the SAFD is a plus. This character has onstage intimacy with several characters: Deirdre McDavey which includes some sensual facial stroking and neck kissing; a romantic ballroom dance with the character of Lillian Troy; and passionate neck kissing with Felicia Dantine.

Gary Peter Lefkowitz: (30’s to early 40’s) Caucasian. Jewish. He personifies L.A. “shaggy-chic.” A happy overgrown child, an oddly appealing creature of pure appetite.  Reality is of very little consequence to him; the deal is all. He is crass and calculating, he is never stupid. He possesses a shameless exuberance. He loves his life. He is at once appalling and irresistible. He is unafraid to speak our dirty secrets about the often too present tedium of high art.

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