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 I Hate Hamlet

Written by Paul Rudnick

Directed by Regina Belt-Daniels


Television soap opera star Andrew Rally (whose face appears in every supermarket checkout magazine) has been hired for the New York City Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Hamlet. But there’s a slight problem: Andrew doesn’t want to do it…but he will prevail to appease his Shakespeare loving girlfriend, Deirdre and his devoted agent Lillian. Unbeknownst to Andrew, he is the temporary tenant of the apartment of the late legendary John Barrymore, the definitive Hamlet. Which means nothing until Barrymore’s ghost is summoned by psychic medium and rental agent Felicia. Barrymore is there to hauntingly fulfill the pledge to coach his possible to be or not to be another great Hamlet. Playwright Paul Rudnick’s witty comedy promises coming to grips with life, love, sword fighting, and naturally….acting.

Paul Rudnick

Author of I Hate Hamlet

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 Date, times and location

September 30, 2022, and October 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, 2022

Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM

Elgin Art Showcase | 164 Division Street – Eighth Floor | Elgin, IL

Sunday performances will be sign acted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

All tickets are general admission (no reserved seats).

For all performances masks are required for all audience members regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination card or 72 hr. negative covid test must be shown to attend.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

I Hate Hamlet is produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.