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May 2, 2011

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

I Hate Hamlet comes to stage at Ohio State Lima

The Ohio State University at Lima Department of Theatre presents I Hate Hamlet, a light-hearted comedy by Paul Rudnick at 8 p.m., Thurs., May 19; Fri., May 20; Sat., May 21; and 2 p.m., Sun., May 22, 2011, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for seniors and children. For tickets or information, call the Box Office at (419) 995-8382.

I Hate Hamlet centers around a young, successful television actor who relocates to New York City where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: he hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors – the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, the hot young television star – leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.

Cast and Crew

Doug Raver                                                                                                Producer

Brian Keegan (Lecturer)                                                                                 Director

Kristina (Nina) Lochner, Lima                                   Assistant Director and Stage Manager

Greg Owen (Assistant Professor)                Scenic Lighting Designer and Technical Director

Loo Brandesky                                                                                Costume Designer

Zane Smith, Lima                                                                                   Andrew Rally

Karissa Cuffy, Lima                                                                              Felicia Dantine

Megan Schmitt, Coldwater                                                                  Deirdre McDavey

Danita Lazenby, Bellefontaine                                                                      Lillian Troy

Lance McPherson, Huntsville                                                                 John Barrymore

Kris Magill, Piqua                                                                         Gary Peter Lefkowitz

Ohio State Lima’s production of I Hate Hamlet is performed by special permission of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


Editor’s Note: Reporters and photo/videographers are welcome at all dress rehearsals. The final technical/first dress rehearsal will begin at noon on Sun., May 15 with a combat rehearsal for the characters of Andrew and John. The full cast dress rehearsal will begin at 3 p.m. This rehearsal will be less formal than the ones scheduled later in the week.

Other dress rehearsals begin at 8 p.m., Mon., May 16; Tues., May 17; and Wed., May 18. If you want to talk to someone, please arrive by 7 p.m. on the day of the rehearsal or call for an interview. The characters of Andrew and John will also rehearse their fighting scene before each 8 p.m. dress rehearsal.