Audition Notice for


A Comedy Drama By Paul Rudnick


Directed by Richard Varty
Produced by Richard Birch and Mel Hinch


Characters To Be Cast:

We will be casting at least 3 male roles and 3 female roles.

Show Dates:

March 2-19, 2023, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm at the Cookstown Town Hall (The South Simcoe Theatre), 1 Hamilton Street, Cookstown, Ontario. Cast members are required to be available for all production dates without exception.

Please email Richard Birch, Producer, at to book your audition time.

Audition Deadline

October 12, 2022

Audition Dates

Friday, October 14th from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday, October 15th from 1pm to 4pm.

Audition Location

In person at the Cookstown Town Hall (The South Simcoe Theatre) 1 Hamilton Street, Cookstown,

Details of Audition:  

I Hate Hamlet offers a comedic look at how someone with no interest in Shakespeare approaches portraying one of the Bard’s most iconic characters when there seems to be no other option. The play offers a fun, fast-paced blend of contemporary comedy and classical text. We are looking for actors to bring a prepared comedic monologue and a willingness to experiment with the text. Actors are asked to select a comedic monologue of their choice, one that shows off their comedic ability while, at the same time, shows a well-formed character. Sides will be emailed to you that will be used after your monologue is delivered.

If you unable to attend the audition dates above, video submissions will also be considered. We request
video submissions be uploaded to candidates’ own YouTube page and provide the link to to be reviewed by the casting team.

Characters To Be Cast:


  • ANDREW RALLY (late 20s/early 30s): An emerging television star whose popular TV series has just been cancelled and is feeling the pressure of staying in the limelight.

  • JOHN BARRYMORE (30s-50s): The ghost of the famous and infamous larger-than-life actor who is still active on stage…among other places.

  • DEIRDRE McDAVEY (mid 20s/early 30s): Andrew’s energetic and almost overly supportive girlfriend. She is a hopeless romantic who sticks to her morals and might be more excited for Andrew to play Hamlet than he is.

  • FELICIA DANTINE (30s-50s): Andrew’s real estate broker, who is fascinated with the world of theatre and claims to have a sense of the supernatural. A New York accent is a plus, but is not required.

  • GARY PETER LEFKOWITZ (30s): A self-obsessed Los Angeles TV writer/producer/director with no true appreciation for theatre.

  • LILLIAN TROY (70s): Andrew’s straight-shooting agent, with a dry sense of humour and a romantic history with John Barrymore. Ability to do a German accent is a plus.

Rehearsal Information:

Rehearsals will begin in late November and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings plus Sunday

Want to Audition?

Please email Richard Birch, Producer at to book your audition time. Deadline is Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

COVID Policies:

In keeping with Town of Innisfil and other Government guidelines, this theatre will comply with any mandated COVID-19 health regulations. While not mandatory at this time, mask wearing may be encouraged at certain times during the rehearsal period.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The South Simcoe Theatre encourages inclusion, representation, and accessibility in all its endeavours: everyone is welcome both on stage and off. In that spirit, we encourage diversity in our casting process.


Email Richard Birch, Producer,

Mel Hinch, Producer,


This is a NON-EQUITY, NON-paying production.

Thank you.