FRANKLIN – Benjamin LeBlanc of Salisbury has earned the role of John S. Barrymore in the Dean College production of I Hate Hamlet, beginning Thursday, December 2 through Sunday, December 5, 2021.
Andrew Rally, a young and successful television actor, relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, Rally is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of the ghost of actor John Barrymore, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. In this play by award-winning author Paul Rudnik, the contrast between the two actors, the dissipated Barrymore, whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Rally, the television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.
I Hate Hamlet is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
The Dean College production of I Hate Hamlet will take place in the Main Stage in the Campus Center at Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, with matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Dean College welcomes families and guests over the age of 12 to all performances, provided patrons have complied with all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking indoors and showing proof of vaccination.