Panther Players Theatre Group Presents I HATE HAMLET Nov. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19

Matesich Theatre


Ohio Dominican University’s student theater group, Panther Players, will perform the play I Hate Hamlet on Friday, November 11 and 18 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, November 12 and 19 (7:00 p.m.), and Sunday, November 13 (2:00 p.m.).

All shows will be performed on ODU’s main campus (1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219) in Erskine Hall’s Matesich Theatre. General admission for the public is $6.00 and children under 5 are admitted at no cost. Free parking is available in the gold lot, west of Sunbury Road on St. Dominic Way.

The play’s director, Matt Austin and all the Panther Players are looking forward to opening night and a great show. “This show is posed to be one of the most successful in Panther Players’ history,” said Austin. “The play represents both a challenge and an opportunity as it remains one of the only modern plays our group has attempted. I hope that the audience will be moved by the intricate acting, modern humor, and passion for art that this show represents.”

Written by Paul Rudnick and originally produced in 1991 in New York City, I Hate Hamlet is a comedy about an actor named Andrew Rally who has just moved back to New York City and has been offered the role of Hamlet in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Rally, unlike his agent, Lillian Troy, or his girlfriend, Deirdre McDavey, is not excited about this role. Rally’s dislike for the character brings back the ghost of John Barrymore, who previously occupied the apartment Rally has just moved into. Barrymore, when alive, also played the “greatest Hamlet of all time.” Barrymore tries to teach Rally how to play the role of Hamlet and presses him to take the part in the play. Then Gary Leftkowitz, Rally’s old “bud” and director, comes to New York City to offer Rally a part in a new TV production, Night School. While the offer is tempting, Rally must play the role of Hamlet first, otherwise Barrymore cannot return to the afterlife.

The night of the production Rally does not do well in his performance. When Leftkowitz comes back to ask him if Rally accepted the part in the TV show, Rally turns it down to everyone’s surprise. Rally later admits to Barrymore the reason why he turned it down was because as Barrymore would put it, “the glory of Shakespeare,” had changed Rally and his life.

Andrew Rally- Noah Scott (Senior)
Deirdre McDavey- Lindsey Pruett (Senior)
John Barrymore- Tom Lewis (Senior)
Lillian Troy- Adrienna Priest (Senior)
Gary Leftkowitz- Danny Morales (Junior)
Felicia Dantine- Julia Burks (Junior)
Understudy Deirdre- Candace Gibson (Soph.)
Understudy Lillian- Nicolette Zimmerman (Freshman)
Understudy Gary- Chris Monterio (Soph.)
Director- Matt Austin (Senior)
Assistant Director- Greg Jensen (Senior)
Stage Manager- Bryan Bastuba (Senior)
Assistant Stage Manager- Amanda Thompson (Senior) and Josh Mossman (Freshman)

Additionally, Panther Players will participate in a book drive this year for the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Books, old and new, can be dropped off at each performance.

Panther Players is an ODU student organization in which participants enhance their communication and acting skills. Students have the opportunity to act, direct, and build set designs for various productions. For additional information, click here.