I HATE HAMLET
by Paul Rudnick
Directed by Phil Johnson
May 27 – June 12
Preview Performance: Friday, May 27
Opening Night: Saturday, May 28
Andrew Rally is a TV actor with a failing series and a chance to play the dream role of Hamlet. When the ghost of the famous Shakespearean actor John Barrymore appears for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to accept the role, he has to choose between Shakespeare and a new TV deal worth millions.
Enter a beautiful girlfriend clinging steadfastly to her chastity and a glamorous agent who claims to have had an affair with Barrymore and the results are fast, clever, and hilarious. A comedy valentine to people who love the theatre and the eccentric people in it.
John DeCarlo (John Barrymore) is very excited to be returning to SRT with I Hate Hamlet. John was last seen at SRT in Love Song and other SRT performances include Italian American Reconciliation; Move Over, Mrs. Markham and The Lion in Winter. Elsewhere: Amazons and Their Men, Beautiful Thing, and The Moors (Diversionary); Perfect Arrangement (Intrepid); Mauritius; Man from Nebraska and Bug (Cygnet). Stage Kiss; Off the Ground; Golden Boy; Julius Caesar; Summer and Smoke; The Heidi Chronicles; The Seven Year Itch; Death of a Salesman; Ah, Wilderness; Of Mice and Men; Comedy of Errors; Brilliant Mistake and Buried Child (New Village Arts).
Meet Alex Guzman
Alexander Guzman (Andrew Rally) was recently seen in Sapience (Moxie Theatre). His favorite acting credits include: Native Gardens (Old Globe Theatre), Bachelorette (Backyard Renaissance Theatre), Homos, or everyone in America (Diversionary Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (New Village Arts), The Normal Heart; Lydia (ion Theatre), Self Conchas (TuYo Theatre), Move Over, Mr’s Markham (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Seminar; The Taming of the Shrew (InnerMission Productions), The Lion in Winter (Moonlight Stage Productions), ENRON (Moxie Theatre), and Angels in America: Part 1 & 2 (Palomar College). Thank you to everyone that supports live theatre.
Lynnia Shanley (Deirdre) was last seen as Janice in Italian American Reconciliation at SRT. Select shows include Mabel in An Ideal Husband (Walnut Street Theatre), Carly in Reasons To Be Pretty (Ion Theatre), Jean in August Osage County (u/s Arden Theatre), and MORT (New Paradise Laboratories). She graduated from The University of the Arts with continued studies in movement and devised work through Headlong Performance Institute and Actors Movement Studio. She also teaches Movement Technique for creatives (NYCDA and NY Teen Shakespeare Intensive). She dedicates this one to her “big sis”.
Jill Drexler (Lillian Troy) was last on stage at SRT in Move Over Mrs. Markham. Other credits include work at Cygnet, The La Jolla Playhouse, Moxie, North Coast Repertory, Moonlight at the Avo, Diversionary, and Backyard Theatres. She is the proud recipient of the San Diego Critic’s Circle Award and is very proud to be the Artistic Director of Scripps Ranch Theatre. Many thanks to a supremely talented cast, crew and director, and special thanks to patrons who support live theatre!
Christine Hewitt (Felicia Dante): was last seen in For Whom The Southern Bell Tolls (replacement, Roustabouts Theatre). Credits: 33 1/3 House of Dreams (SDRep), The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (Cygnet Theatre/Moonlight Theatre), Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein (SDMT), A little Night Music (Cygnet Theatre), Tomfoolery (NCRT), All Shook Up (Moonlight Theatre), La Cage Aux Folles (SDMT), Damn Yankees (SDMT). 1st National Tour: Sunset Boulevard (The Really Useful Group). Notable: Lucy Mercer in Eleanor: An American Love Story (Historic Ford’s Theatre, D.C.), Sister Amnesia in Nunsense (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (NC Theatre).
(Gary Peter Lefkowitz)
Adam Daniel (Gary Peter Lefkowitz) was last seen as country singer Dillard Nations in Foxfire, interior designer Alistair Spenlow in Move Over, Mrs. Markham, and innocent bellboy Raymond MacKay in Return Engagements here at SRT. Before that, Adam played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Currently, Adam can be seen in such commercials as Pechanga Resort, Coronado Brewing Co., and CircleDNA. As well as starring in the short film Internal. And hey, if you like pirates, you can catch Adam as Moss in the pirate adventure Boarded! A big thank you to family, friends, and creative silliness for inspiration.
Phil Johnson (Director)
Phil Johnson is Artistic Director and founding partner in The Roustabouts Theatre Co. This is his second show directing for SRT, the first one being the swinging 70’s comedy Murder at the Howard Johnson’s years ago. He has also directed for Playwrights Project, and several solo shows, readings & upcoming shows for The Roustabouts. As an actor/writer, his shows include the solo piece Roosevelt: Charge the Bear (co-written with Marni Freedman, directed by Rosina Reynolds), filmed during quarantine and played in San Diego; A Jewish Joke (co-written with Freedman, directed by David Ellenstein) which opened Off-Broadway on Theatre Row in NYC 2019 and toured regionally: Chicago, St. Louis, New Haven, Louisville (AJewishJoke.com); Withering Heights, written and performed with Omri Schein and directed by Ellenstein, for TRTC and published; and She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D!, co-written with Ruff Yeager, for Diversionary Theatre and the NY Fringe Festival and published. As an actor, he played in Les Misérables on Broadway and on tour; the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; and the 1st National Co. of Miss Saigon. So. California theatres include: North Coast Rep, Old Globe, Diversionary and Cygnet Theatre. He is a two-time winner of the San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for acting, for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Intrepid Theatre Company, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. He is also on the board of the new San Diego Theatre Alliance.