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I Hate Hamlet E.C. Glass Theatre's 40th Season, October 21-23

Glass Theatre Presents

I HATE HAMLET

Written by Paul Rudnick

Directed by Jim Ackley

Featuring Guest Artists Allison Daugherty and Matt Fletcher

Guest Stage Manager: Lynda Gentry

Technical Director: Erin Foreman

Fight Choreography by Matt Fletcher and Noah DeCarmo

I Hate Hamlet is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Publishing Service, Inc., New York.

Synopsis of Scenes

The Play takes place in late May, 1998, in New York City

Act I – A penthouse apartment

15 Minute Intermission

Act II, Scene 1 – The Apartment, 6 weeks later, Opening Night

Act II, Scene 2 – The Apartment, the next morning

Director’s Note

In mid-October, 1981, a small group of EC Glass drama students presented their inaugural performance as the newly organized drama club that they named Glass Theatre. “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” was based on the poetry created in a Nazi concentration camp by the Jewish children of Prague. The next weekend the students went to Richmond for their first-ever Virginia Theatre Association secondary school competition and they returned home with the runner-up trophy! Little did they know what they were starting …

This 2021 mid-October weekend - five VTA state championships and 23 finalist finishes later – EC Glass Theatre proudly celebrates its 40th season with a production not nearly as heavy or poignant as that first show but, hopefully, every bit as entertaining. Since I retired in 2014, I’ve been honored to direct shows in several of Central Virginia’s academic and community theatres. However, I never expected to be back on my old stomping grounds seven years later, directing kids who were just starting elementary school when my ECG career ended. Nor did I expect to be working again with former students - current theatre professionals - with very successful careers. Boy, am I glad I said “yes” when Allison Daugherty called me with this idea for kicking off ECGT’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

Our original plan was to produce the play in the same way we did “studio shows” back in the days before we had an actual studio theatre – with the audience seated on the Auditorium stage in close proximity which always works best for comedies. But, late in the game, the cast and crew were dealt - once again - the challenge of creative problem solving to adapt to new LCS COVID requirements. While we wish you could’ve enjoyed the experience as we had originally planned, I doubt you’ll even notice the changes.

“I Hate Hamlet” is the story of a young television “star” with little formal training and less theatre experience who finds himself in a career crisis and suddenly transported from his familiar Los Angeles to New York City where, surprisingly, he’s been cast as Hamlet in Joseph Papp’s annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park season. Pretty heady stuff for a kid who’s never been in front of a live audience since 2nd grade! The mishaps and mayhem that engulf him are often very familiar to anyone who’s been in a play, which is why I think audiences everywhere have enthusiastically embraced it.

This has been the perfect play choice to recognize the accomplishments of our alumni as well as the excellence of the current cadre of Glass Theatre students as the production has provided a terrific opportunity for the students to work alongside theatre professionals who quickly became mentors, advisors, and teachers to the young people who aspire to join their ranks. I’ve often thought it would be interesting to audience members to attend a rehearsal and “see how the sausage is made.” This show would’ve been a really good one to offer that opportunity. Rehearsals have been amazing – very collaborative, full of laughter and encouragement, overflowing with creativity from a company of mature, dedicated, and committed actors and crew. I believe this labor of love has been for everyone involved a unique educational experience that can’t be replicated. I sincerely thank the cast, crew, alumni, Glass Theatre staff and community for making this possible for us all. It’s been great to be back home … I hope they’ll invite me back again! Enjoy the show!

Jim Ackley

Guest Director - Jim Ackley

To kickoff our 40th Anniversary Celebration, Glass Theatre is honored to have the program’s founder and first director, Jim Ackley, return to direct our Alumni/Student production of “I Hate Hamlet.” A Lynchburg native, he graduated from EC Glass, the Virginia Military Institute (where he was a founder of the VMI Theatre), and VCU. After he graduated from VMI, he was the Entertainment Editor for the Evening Star newspaper in Winchester for three years, and then an English-Drama teacher for four years at John Marshall High School in Richmond. He returned to EC Glass in 1980 and led the Drama Department there for 32 years before retiring in May, 2012. During his tenure as the Glass drama director, ECG students won five Virginia Theatre Association state championships, and performed in the VTA High School Theatre Festival Finals more than 20 times. Four of his Glass productions were selected for performance at the Educational Theatre Association’s annual international summer conference. Glass Drama was also named the National High School Theatre Champions twice by the American High School Theatre Festival and was selected to represent the USA at the Edinburgh (Scotland) Arts Festival Fringe four times. In addition, a number of Glass shows under Jim’s direction were world high school premiere productions including A Chorus Line (1990), Big River (1991), The Civil War (2002), Les Miserables: The Musical (2003), Cats (2006), and Phantom of the Opera (2011). Since retiring from EC Glass, he directed the sell-out production of Avenue Q at Randolph College, the historic production of A Raisin in the Sun at the Academy, I Hate Hamlet which was part of part of VES’ inaugural theatre season, The Laramie Project at The Renaissance Theatre, and The Academy’s Community Through Theatre production of the musical, Follies, which was the first theatrical production in the newly restored historic theatre.

I Hate Hamlet, October 2021

Cast

In Order of Appearance

*denotes Guest Artist

Felicia Dantine - Gillian Ceballos-Kirby

Andrew Rally - Noah Decarmo

Deirdre McDavey - Ella Grant

Lillian Troy - Allison Daugherty*

John Barrymore - Matthew Fletcher*

Gary Peter Lefkowitz - Wyatt Moore

Understudy: Lillian Troy - Kayla Stanley

Performing October 23 2pm performance

Understudy: John Barrymore - Morgan Cook

Performing October 23 2pm performance

John Barrymore - Matt Fletcher

Matt Fletcher is a co-founder and artistic associate of Sideshow Theatre Company in Chicago, IL, where he was last seen in the world premieres of HeLa, Tilikum, and both iterations of Stupid F****** Bird. Other performance credits include the world premiere of Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens); For Services Rendered (Griffin Theatre Company); The Killer Angels (Lifeline Theatre); As Told by the Vivian Girls (Dog & Pony); Give It All Back, Heddatron, The Golden Dragon, Tyrant, Mai Dang Lao, Dante Dies!!! (and then things get weird), and others (Sideshow Theatre Company). Matt has appeared on NBC’s Chicago Fire, two seasons at The Lost Colony, and a handful of commercials. Matt received his Bachelor of Arts in Drama at The University of Virginia (‘07), and is a proud alumnus of Glass Theatre (‘03).

Lillian Troy - Allison Daugherty

Allison Daugherty fell in love with theatre on the EC Glass under Jim Ackley's inspirational leadership. She then attended Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University; then, began acting professionally in theatre, film, TV and radio. Some favorites: Broadway: Holiday and An Ideal Husband directed by Sir Peter Hall, lots of Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre: The Guthrie, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Florida Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre and European Tours. TV roles: Madam Secretary, Sex In The City, Law and Order, Third Watch, Spin City, Guiding Light. Film: Hi-Life, Small Room Dancing and I Dreamed of Africa in addition to commercials and voice-overs. Allison taught actors for Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club for many years and is honored to return to where it all began: Glass Theatre, to teach and direct such talented, devoted and wonderful students. Favorite role: mom to Avery and Jackson.

Felicia Dantine - Gillian Ceballos-Kirby

Senior. EC Glass Credits: Mom in Hairspray, Ensemble/Camila Understudy In the Heights, Macbeth Witch in Shakespeare’s Bachelorette, Virginia in Oklahoma, artistic projection designer for Oklahoma! at the Academy Center of the Arts. Other roles include; the China Princess in The Wizard of Oz, Leaf #11, a lioness in Lion King, and a water jug in Jungle Book. Gillian interests include digital art and archery.

Andrew Rally - Noah Decarmo

Junior. Glass Theatre Credits: Sam Craig in Our Town, Pierre in the Heart of Robin Hood, Puck in Shakespeare's Bachelorette, Curley in Oklahoma. Other credits: Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Mufasa in Lion King Jr (ACOA), Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach Jr (Dunbar Middle School), Edmund in The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (Renaissance). Noah as well as theater likes to cook, and play the bass / guitar. Thank you to Matt Fletcher for being such an inspiration throughout the whole process, and Jim Ackley for being an amazing mentor.

Deirdre McDavey - Ella Grant

Senior. Glass Theatre Credits: Vixen in Dracula, Meg Snyder in Leading Ladies, Corny Collins Dancer in Hairspray, Townswoman in The Heart Of Robin Hood, Ariel/Witch in Shakespeare's Bachelorette, Laurey in Oklahoma, Officer Brown in New Works 2021, Costumes for Big Love. Other credits: Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ACOA) and Alumni Assistant for James and the Giant Peach (Dunbar Middle School). Ella likes to spend time with her dog, Ricky Bobby, and doing puzzles. "Love you mom!"

Gary Peter Lefkowitz - Wyatt Moore

Junior. Glass Theatre credits: Wally Webb in Our Town, Much Miller in The Heart of Robin Hood, Trainer in the Elephant's Graveyard, Romeo in Shakespeare's Bachelorette, Will Parker in Oklahoma, Groom in Big Love. Other credits: Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Puggsley in The Addams Family (ACOA). Wyatt loves to cook and spend time with friends and family. "Live Laugh Love" - Andrew McCormick

Lillian Troy Understudy - Kayla Stanley (performing Oct 23 2pm)

Junior. Glass Theatre Credits: Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma, Mrs.Soames in Our Town, Ensemble in The Heart of Robin Hood, Portia, Miranda, and Titania in Shakespeare’s Bachelorette, Thyona in Big Love. Other credits: Elsa in Frozen Jr., Eulalie Shinn in The Music Man (Dunbar Middle School), Sarabi in Lion King Jr., Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast Jr (ACOA). Kayla enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and spending time outside.

John Barrymore Understudy - Morgan Cook (performing Oct 23 2pm)

Sophomore. Glass Theatre credits: Curley understudy/Ensemble in Oklahoma, Groom in Big Love. Other credits: The Baker in Into the Woods, Ensemble in the Addams Family, Hans in Frozen Jr (ACOA). Morgan enjoys doing theatre, singing, and computer programming.

Thank you to these Glass Theatre Alumni!

Geep Howell ('68)

Jim Ackley ('69)

Lynda Gentry ('74)

Allison Daugherty ('83)

Erin Foreman ('01)

Matt Fletcher ('03)

Joseph Lass ('07)

Rebecca Lass ('17)

Kate Staton ('19)

Bobby Vinson ('20)

Crew

*denotes Guest Alumni

Assistant Technical Director/Sound

Ashton Lass

Stage Manager

Lynda Gentry*

Assistant Stage Manager

Sierra Kelly

Lights

Ava Medina-Coleman

Special Effects

Elizabeth Lass

Costumes

Hamlet Costumes designed and built by Ms. Patti Finn-Rapeijko

Rebecca Hocker

Yesenia Iniguez

Running Crew

Yesenia Iniguez

Maddie Durie

Scenic Painting

Arnulfo Jacinto, AJ Studios

Set Construction

Joseph Lass*

Rebecca Lass*

Kate Staton*

Bobby Vinson*

Ashton Lass

Elizabeth Lass

Jason Bohn

Bradley Spitzer

Tech I and II Class

Video and Media Technology Class

ASL Interpreters (Thursday Performance)

Amber Dempsey

Katherine McMullen

Tech Crew

Guest Stage Manager - Lynda Gentry

As an ECG alumni, Lynda is elated to be celebrating 40 years of theatre as the stage manager for “I Hate Hamlet”! She is more thrilled to be working with a highly skilled production team and an extremely talented cast of past and current ECG students! Lynda’s stage managing credits include the Academy Center of the Arts (“Chicago”, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown“, “A Raisin in the Sun”, “Ragtime”); JLP Productions (“Fences”, “Take Me Back”, “Sunday’s Child”); The Renaissance Theatre (“The Laramie Project”) and; The Black Theatre Ensemble (“Mahalia”, “The Wiz”). Occasionally, Lynda steps from behind the curtain to perform in front of it! Acting credits include Wolfbane’s “Bare”(Sister Chantelle) and JLP Productions “In My Son’s Name” (Sybrina Fulton-Trayvon Martin’s mother).Lynda thanks all who love and support her! “Potential powers of creativity are within us and we have the duty to work assiduously to discover these powers.”

Ashton Lass [Assistant Technical Director, Sound]

Senior. Glass Theatre Credits: Costumes for Leading Ladies, Spot Light Operator and Set Construction for Hairspray, Lights and Set Construction for Our Town, ASM and Set Construction for The Heart of Robin Hood, Stage Manager for Shakespeare's Bachelorette, Stage Manager and Set Construction for Oklahoma, Sound Board Operator for Big Love. Theatre is my passion and I am so grateful that I get to be with all these amazing people!

Sierra Kelly [Assistant Stage Manager]

Freshman. Glass Theatre debut! Other Credits: Stage Manager in Annie Jr (Linkhorne Middle School). She enjoys working in this play. You can follow her on Instagram @itskelly423.

Elizabeth Lass [Special Effects]

Senior. Glass Theatre Credits: Ensemble and Set Construction for Hairspray, Run Crew for Our Town, Fly Rail Operator for Heart of Robin Hood, Set Construction and Fly Rail Operator for Oklahoma, Stage Manager for Big Love. Theatre is her favorite thing about school and what she wants to do with the rest of life. Thanks to my family legacy and I hope I continued it well!

Yesenia Iniguez [Costumes, Running Crew]

Junior. Assistant Stage Manager for Big Love. Other credits: Finch/Supporting Actress in Newsies (Holy Cross Catholic School). Yesenia likes Fridays because they remind her that yesterday was Thursday and Thursday is her favorite day of the week. "Special thanks to the Glass Theatre Department, especially to Ms. Daugherty and Ms. Foreman for all their help and hard work with theatre at Glass."

Maddie Durie [Running Crew]

Sophomore. Glass Theatre Credits: Young Laurey/Ensemble in Oklahoma, Ray in The Homecoming, Eleanor in Big Love. Other credits: Billy in Honk Jr (LUTC) and Hortensia in Matilda (ACOA). Madelyn is 15 years old, and enjoys art, music, and Steve Buscemi. Thank you so much for coming to see the show! You can follow me on Instagram at @madelyn.d.412!

Ava Medina-Coleman [Lights]

Freshman. Lighting Design for Big Love. Other credits: Frozen Jr and Annie Jr (Dunbar Middle School). She finds joy in supporting the arts in any way that she can and also plays the cello in EC Glass’s concert orchestra. "I want to give a big “Thank You” to Ms. Foreman and my parents for supporting me throughout this whole process. It means the world to me."

Rebecca Hocker [Costumes]

Junior. Glass Theatre credits: Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town, Costumes in Big Love. "I am a person, definately not a bunch of wedding dresses in a trenchcoat. Subscribe to technoblade on YouTube."

Aiden McDaniel [Construction]

Senior. Glass Theatre Credits: Projections for Oklahoma. Thanks to Ms. Foreman for the opportunity!

Bradley Spitzer [Construction]

Sophomore. Glass Theatre Credits: Run Crew for In The Heart of Robin Hood, Fly Rail for Oklahoma, Construction for Big Love.

Thank You To Our 2021-2022 PATRONS

THE ORCHESTRA

Leslie and Greg Reynolds

Kenneth and Jane White

Kennon and Charlie White

Pettyjohn, Wood & White

Alex and Sackett Wood

THE MEZZANINE

Frances Giles

THE BALCONY

Susan and Ron Aycock

Robert and Teresa Brennan

Bob and Myra Dendy

Jon and Merry Joy DeCarmo

Jamerson-Lewis Construction

THE WINGS

Jim and Susan Ackley

John and Beth Bolton

Greg and Malia King

Susan and Norwood Morrison

Amanda Myers-Ramirez

Chris Plucker

Nicole Plucker

Reggie & Pat Pugh

Fuzz and Linda Sanders

Laura Wise

THE ARTISTS CIRCLE

Colleen Bowen

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the Patron list. If an error has been made, please email glasstheatreboxoffice@gmail.com and the issue will be corrected.

Student Leadership

President: Ella Grant

Vice President: Kayla Stanley

Senior Class Rep: Ashton Lass

Junior Class Rep: Wyatt Moore

Sophomore Class Rep: Morgan Cook

Freshman Class Rep: Lexi Felmlee

Liaison to Tech Director: Elizabeth Lass

Social Media/Marketing: Elizabeth Plucker

Photography/Videography: Toby Hutchison

Parent Leadership

Alison Moore - Volunteer Coordinator

Kim Grant - Box Office

Nicole Plucker - Box Office Assistant

Kennon White - Sponsorship Liaison

Sarah Jarrett - Poster Route Coordinator

Merry Joy DeCarmo - Concessions/Special Events Coordiniator

Jess Hutchison - Playbill Ads Coordinator

Tyler Hutchison - Graphic Design

Amanda Myers-Ramirez - Parent Social Media Coordinator

Special Thanks To

EC Glass Administration

Glass Theatre Alumni for their support over the last 40 years

Geep Howell for his loyal technical support

Arnulfo Jacinto for his mentorship of technical theatre students

Hildegaard for set prop maintenace

Estates Revisited

VES Drama Department and Ms. Debbie Burton

LCA Bulldog Theatre

Glass Theatre Parent Leadership and Volunteers