The Mugford Street Players announce an all-new production of I HATE HAMLET, Paul Rudnick’s hilarious comedy, coming to Marblehead Little Theatre, directed by John Fogle, with a gala opening night performance on Friday January 10. Presented by The Mugford Street Players, the show will play for three weeks, Fridays through Sundays until January 24th. Tickets are available at www.mltlive.com/tickets and at Arnould Gallery in Marblehead.
I HATE HAMLET is set in famous actor John Barrymore’s old apartment in New York City, the play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet…dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity…and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore, who, clothed as Hamlet, has returned to the living for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part. I HATE HAMLET was originally produced on Broadway in 1991 with Nicol Williamson in the role of John Barrymore.
This is the second time MSP has staged this riotous love-letter to the theatre – first in 1995 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on Mugford Street. In that production, the role of Andrew was played by well-known Salem actor, Erik Rodenhiser. In the new version, 25 years later, Erik returns in the senior role as John Barrymore, surrounded by Marblehead actors Phillip Weinstein as TV actor Andrew Rally, Sue Brother as his manager Lillian Roy, Kevin Walker as the Hollywood agent Garry Peter Lefkowitz, Billerica resident Tina Barry as the Ingénue Deirdre McDavy and Debbe Lewis of Newton as the Real Estate Agent, Felicia Dantine.
This show follows on the heels of MSP’s hugely successful production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, which was scuttled by the producers of the Broadway production, then resurrected by MSP in May 2019 at the Gloucester Stage Company. In April 2020, MSP will be returning to the Gloucester Stage Company with a production of Arthur Miller’s classic drama A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, also directed by Fogle.
Supporting the I HATE HAMLET production are Set Designer Bruce Greenwald, Costume Designers Elivra Schoenthal and Linda Burtt, Fight Choreographer Chris Cardoni, Sound Designer Thomas Saltsman, Dance Choreographer Erin Pelikhof and Lighting Designer Greg Mancusi-Ungaro – all produced by Mr. Mancusi-Ungaro through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Inc.
This production has been awarded a grant by the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
ABOUT JOHN FOGLE
Marblehead resident John Fogle is an award-winning director, renowned across New England as a visionary stage director, actor and, theatre educator. During the course of a forty-year career, he has directed or produced over 80 productions, garnering critical accolades and regional awards for theatre excellence. A graduate of Denison University and Boston University’s School of Public Communication and a veteran of the Vietnam War, Fogle moved to Marblehead with his family in 1974. He co-founded the Mugford Street Players in 1975 and Salem’s Barton Square Playhouse in 1981. From 2009 through 2014, he served as Artistic Director of the Salem Theatre Company. His recent productions include To Kill a Mockingbird, Deathtrap, Our Town, and Death of a Salesman.
ABOUT THE MUGFORD STREET PLAYERS (MSP)
The Mugford Street Players (MSP) was founded in 1975 at its original home, the Unitarian-Universalist Church on Mugford Street in Marblehead. Since then, MSP has presented more than 60 productions in a variety of North Shore venues. Recently, MSP has found a home at Marblehead Little Theatre, presenting acclaimed productions, including Deathtrap, Our Town, A Picasso, and Death of a Salesman. MSP exists to provide challenging, thought-provoking theatre for residents of Marblehead and the entire North Shore – and to serve the artistic ambitions of its members. Free of any set production schedule, audiences can be sure that each Mugford Street production is a pure labor of love.