August 2, 2017

“I Hate Hamlet” Auditions this Saturday at Center Stage

Center Stage Theatre artistic director Gary Scarpa has announced the theatre will hold auditions for  “I Hate Hamlet”, on Saturday, August 5th between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Scarpa said, “We are seeking adult actors, and all roles are open.”

The production will be directed by Martin Marchitto, and it will play at Center Stage from October 6th through October 22nd. 

THE STORY: Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew’s apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

Center Stage Theatre is a non-profit organization, founded in 2005 by directors Gary and Francesca Scarpa. The theatre presents a full season of five productions, using age appropriate casting. Center Stage’s purpose is to enhance the cultural environment within its community; to present high quality theatrical productions at affordable prices; to encourage growth and education through the performing arts; and to provide a means for interested adults, teens and children to experience and participate in various aspects of live theater. 

Candidates will be given sides from the script to read at the audition. For further information about the production and roles, visit Center Stage is located at 54 Grove Street in Shelton. If you have questions, email Gary Scarpa at

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