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Arts & Entertainment ‘I Hate Hamlet’ onstage October 5-8 at WCU

Western Carolina University students Jordan Snead (left) and Alexander Volpi will star in ‘I Hate Hamlet,’ staging Oct. 5-8 on the WCU campus.“I Hate Hamlet,” the story of an actor in career limbo, will kick off the 2011-12 University Theatre Mainstage season at Western Carolina University.

Show dates for “I Hate Hamlet” are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 5-8, in WCU’s Hoey Auditorium.

“I Hate Hamlet” is the story of hot, young television star Andrew Rally, who finds his career derailed when his series is canceled. After relocating to New York, Rally is offered the role of Hamlet on stage. His life gets more complicated after meeting his roommate, the drunken ghost of John Barrymore, the legendary actor known for his groundbreaking portrayal of Hamlet. The New York Times described the play as “unapologetically silly and at times hilarious.”

“I Hate Hamlet” was written by Paul Rudnick and will be directed by WCU’s Claire Eye, a faculty member in the School of Stage and Screen. The play stars junior Alexander Volpi of Maysville as Rally and junior Jordan Snead of Hillsborough as Barrymore.

Next up for Mainstage is the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” running Nov. 10-13.

Tickets for “I Hate Hamlet” are $15 for adults; $10 for faculty, staff and seniors; and $10 for students or $7 if purchased in advance.

For tickets, call the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.





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