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Richey Suncoast Theatre presents I Hate Hamlet

By Michele Miller
A local production of Paul Rudnick's comedy/drama "I Hate Hamlet," opens January 11 at the Richey Suncoast Theatre in downtown New Port Richey. Pictured here are local actors, Miguel Rodriguez (right) as the ghost of John Barrymore and Jason Hoolihan (left) as Andrew Rally

NEW PORT RICHEY — It’s a matter of choice made more intriguing by a ghostly haunting in a local production of Paul Rudnick’s comedy/drama, I Hate Hamlet, which opens Jan. 11 at the Richey Suncoast Theatre in downtown New Port Richey.

I Hate Hamlet premiered on Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre in April 1991. It follows the tale of Andrew Rally, an up-and-coming actor who finds himself torn between the glitter of Hollywood and the New York stage he’s landed on. All the while, he is spooked by the ghost of famed actor, John Barrymore, whose former apartment Rally now resides in.

Rich Aront is the director. Cast members for this production are Jason Hoolihan (Andrew Rally), Penni Willen (Felicia Dantine, Rally’s real estate broker, ) Miguel Rodriguez (ghost of John Barrymore), Blake Parker (Deirdre McDavey, Rally’s girlfriend,) Anne Lakey (Lillian Troy, Rally’s agent) and Natalie Pozdol-Arshinkoff (television producer Ariana Lefkowitz).