Andrew Rally, a soap opera star whose series has been cancelled, is astonished to find himself cast as Hamlet for a big-time New York production. Andrew knows his TV fame came more from good looks than talent, and is understandably overwhelmed at the prospect of the most challenging stage role in the English language. To add to Andrew’s woes, his beautiful girlfriend Deirdre is determined to stay “pure” until she is “sure” —which, at the rate things are going, might not be till after Shakespeare rises from the dead to write Hamlet, Part II. But just as all seems lost, hope comes from the unlikeliest of places: Andrew’s real estate agent has rented him John Barrymore’s old Manhattan apartment and Barrymore’s ghost appears, ready to tutor Andrew not only about how to play Hamlet but also how to overcome the resistance of even the fairest of maidens. Throw in a fast-talking Hollywood producer who wants Andrew to chuck the stage nonsense for a big-bucks TV series about a schoolteacher with superpowers, and an old flame of Barrymore’s determined to discover if ghosts can still experience earthy pleasures, and the result is two hours of nonstop laughter.
Meet the Cast
Lucas Gonzales - Andrew
Lucas is a Tucson native and thrilled to be in his first Roadrunner production. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has been seen around the Tucson theatre community over the last decade. Notable shows include Major Barbara and War Boys (staged reading) with the Rogue Theatre, Luna Gale (understudy) with the St. Francis Theatre, The Bald Soprano and Overruled (MAC Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy) for the NOW Theatre, and Eurydice and Last of the Boys with Beowulf Alley Theatre (RIP). These days, Lucas can be seen as a local DJ/KJ numerous nights a week around various downtown Tucson venues and private events. (Bear Down Entertainment. YNOT Entertainment.) Lucas has missed the stage and hopes this can be a lift into being more active on the boards moving forward. This is for his family and friends. All of them. Enjoy!
Andrea Hickey - Deirdre
Andrea has been performing professionally since the age of twelve. At the age of seventeen, Andrea was awarded a full acting scholarship to the University of Memphis where she continued to hone her skills and gain many stage credits. She later transferred to Belmont University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She completed her education with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. Standout experiences for Andrea include Babe in Crimes of The Heart where she was cast as the main character in a college production when she was only a high school student; Portia in The Merchant of Venice where she was nominated to compete in the TPAC Regional Competition; Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web where she won the Best Actress award; and Patty in Writer’s Block where she was nominated for the Irene Ryan National Scholarship Award. Andrea recently signed with Dani’s Agency and has been cast in various commercials! Andrea gives all of her love to her family and her precious pups! Andrea dedicates this performance to her amazing husband who provides endless love and support, and to her dad who accompanied her to all of her childhood auditions!
Chris Koval - Barrymore
This is Chris’ second production at The Roadrunner Theater. He received his training in the Stanislavsky tradition and Active Analysis through Physical Actions at the Bennett Theatre Lab in San Francisco. Some of his San Francisco credits include, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabaret, Dinner With Friends, and Bobby Gould in Hell. As a member of California Desert Regional Theatre, he performed in John Brown’s Body and Lone Star. Some of Chris’ Tucson credits include, God’s Favorite, The Winter’s Tale, Clean and Sober Theater, a youth outreach program of Compass Mental Health Clinic, and Tucson Theatrical Mime Troupe. Chris has also instructed and directed at The Theatre Lab and Conservatory, Live Theatre Workshop, and Catalina High School. Chris can be seen in future Roadrunner productions as well as The Invisible Theatre.
Renata Rauschen - Felicia
Renata has been active in theatre acting, directing and set building. She also started Roadrunner Theatre to continue her passion and work with other with the same drive to entertain. She played Felicia Dantine in the production of I Hate Hamlet over 15 years ago at Melbourne Civic Theatre in Melbourne, FL. The same theatre that inspired her to stay in the theatre! Although time is not readily available, Renata also enjoys doing films, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends. Renata hopes that you leave the theatre wanting for more and will return for laughs and a great experience. Thanks to ALL in our Roadrunner family for your friendship, guidance and participation!
Clark Andreas Ray - Gary
Clark has been acting on stage and in motion picture and television productions for the past 41 years. A few favorite roles and projects include staged productions of Faith Healer, Closetland, Glengarry Glen Ross, Saint Joan, 1984 & Richard lll. Motion pictures include Tombstone, Lightning Jack, Gunsmoke, Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid and Madhouse. Television credits include several episodes as an actor and stunt performer on the series’ Legend and The Young Riders as well as a number of regional and national commercials. After Becky’s New Car, I Hate Hamlet marks Clark’s second show with Roadrunner Theatre Company.
Ellie Vought - Lillian
Ellie Vought is making her Roadrunner Theater debut in I Hate Hamlet. Her most recent performances have been with Invisible Theater’s production of Let’s Live a Little and Mousetrap with St. Francis Theater. Additionally local credits include Sovereign Body with Winding Road, River City and Barrio Stories with Borderlands Theater, numerous St. Francis productions and Reader’s Theater productions with Invisible Theater. She is honored to be sharing the stage with such a talented cast, crew and director. Much love to her supportive and patient husband!