BRISTOL — The Elkhart Civic Theatre’s production of  “I Hate Hamlet” opens next week for a two-weekend run.

Perfomrances are May 11, 12, 13 and May 18, 19, 20 at the Bristol Opera House.

The Story: A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, 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, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.

I Hate Hamlet is directed by Demarée Dufour-Noneman, assisted by Melissa Auvil. The characters and cast consists of:

Andrew Rally - Ryan Yeager

John Barrymore - Keith Sarber

Deirdre McDavey - Jacqueline Cogdell

Felicia Dantine - Victoria Gural

Lillian Troy - Stacey Nickel

Gary Peter Lefkowit - Andrew Miller

Production staff for I Hate Hamlet includes: Lighting Designer/Operator - Sarah Brubaker; Sound Operator - Dean Whitlock; Costumes - Sandra Woodiwiss and Stacey Nickel; Props - Jamie Cooper; and Stage Crew - Neil King

All performances are at the Bristol Opera House, in Bristol. Tickets for I Hate Hamlet are available by phone at 574-848-4116 weekday afternoons or online at

The Elkhart Civic Theatre 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Laura and Jack B. Smith, Jr., and Gaska Tape, with support by Elkhart Civic Theatre Media Sponsor WNIT Public Television. Baskerville is underwritten by the Robert Weed Corporation and by Indiana Trust Wealth Management.

Additionally, this project is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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