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I Hate Hamlet
By Paul Rudnick



Allison Altman
Deirdre McCavey 

Westport Country Playhouse: Breaking Legs. Allison is excited to be back at Westport Country Playhouse for another reading series! Regional Credits: PlayMaker’s Repertory: Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Three Sisters, The Crucible, Intimate Apparel, Seminar, An Enemy of the People, Nicholas Nickleby, Pride and Prejudice. Chautauqua Theater Company: In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), Taming of the Shrew. Off-Broadway: mother, daughter, sisterwife (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Missed Connections (Theater Row). New York: Personal History Volumes I-V (Ensemble Studio Theater), Travis and the Terpsichorean (Ars Nova), Three Sisters, LORDES (Columbia University/Lenfest Center for the Arts) MFA: UNC-Chapel Hill.

Matthew Amendt
Andrew Rally

Broadway:  Bernhardt/Hamlet.  Off-Broadway: Coriolanus, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore (Red Bull), Tamburlaine, Much Ado About Nothing (TFANA), Henry V (title role, Acting Company) Regional:  Hamlet (title role PPT), Guthrie (13 Productions), La Jolla, Shakespeare Theatre, others.  Awards: Presidential Scholar, Ivey, Emery Battis award for acting.

Boyd Gaines
John Barrymore

Westport Country Playhouse: The Good German, Script in Hand playreadings of Dracula and Pack of Lies. Boyd received his theater training at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and Juilliard.  Early on, he appeared at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  He has won four Tony Awards for his work in Gypsy, She Loves Me, The Heidi Chronicles, and Contact, and received a fifth Tony Award nomination for his role in Journey’s End.  Boyd is known for his roles in the movies Heartbreak Ridge and The Sure Thing, and for his television appearances in “Law & Order” and “The Good Wife.

Kathleen McNenny

Westport Country Playhouse: (CT Critics Nom for Best Actress) The Good German, Beyond Therapy. WCP Readings: A Marriage Minuet, The Golden Age, Pack of Lies, The Supporting Cast, You Know I Can’t Hear You… Broadway: The Father, Fish in the Dark, Enemy of the People, Death of A Salesman, Coram Boy, The Constant Wife, After the Fall, A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway: Gates of Gold, Mine Game, Three Travelers, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Winter’s Tale. Regional work at Weston Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Barrington Stage, and others. TV: “Blindspot,” “Elementary,” “Chicago Justice,” “Person of Interest,” and others. Film: A Happy House, Morning Glory, Music and Lyrics, School of Rock, Life With Mikey, It Could Happen to You. Kathleen is a proud supporter of ASTEP (artists striving to end poverty) where she was recently a theater arts educator in India at Shanti Bhavan. Graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama. 

Mary Beth Peil
Lillian Troy

Broadway:  Anastasia (Tony, Drama Desk, & Outer Critics Award nominations), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Visit, Follies, Women on the Verge…, Sunday in the Park…, Nine, The King and I (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: many productions with the Atlantic Theater (ensemble member and Obie winner); Cheever Evening, Later Life (Playwrights Horizons); First Ladies Suites (Transport Group); Sylvia (MTC); Hedda Gabler (NYTW). Regional: Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, About Face, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Kennedy Center. TV: “The Good Wife” (Jackie), “Dawson’s Creek” (Grams), “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Fringe.” Film: Collateral Beauty, Mirrors, Flags of Our Fathers, The Reagans, The Stepford Wives II, The Odd Couple II.

Mark Shanahan
Gary Peter Lefkowitz 

Westport Country Playhouse:  Around the World in 80 Days, Tryst, Sedition, David Copperfield, Journey's End, and twenty Script in Hand playreadings.  Mark has directed Playhouse Script in Hand readings of Butterflies Are Free (with Blythe Danner and Jonathan Groff) and The Greatest Gift (by David Wiltse). New York stage includes Small World, CheckersThe 39 Steps, Tryst, As Bees in Honey Drown, and The Internationalist. His directorial work has been seen at Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Hudson Stage, The White Heron, Fulton Opera House, Weston Playhouse, Penguin Rep, Merrimack Rep, Hangar Theatre, and many more. He is the author of the Off Broadway and regional comedy The Dingdong and his holiday adaptation, A Merry Little Christmas Carol. A graduate of Brown University (BA) and Fordham University (MA, faculty).


Diane Divita
Stage Manager

Broadway: Carousel (sub), Three Tall Women (sub),  Eclipsed, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, The Elephant Man, The Trip to Bountiful, Lombardi, Hamlet, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia, Absurd Person Singular, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, King Hedley II, Broken Glass, The Sound of Music, Dream, Drowning Crow, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.  Recent Off-Broadway: Tiny Beautiful Things and Eclipsed at the Public Theater. Happily back at Westport Country Playhouse! Currently teaches at Yale School of Drama and Columbia University.


The series is supported in part by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

Script in Hand Header Photo: Maria Tucci, Matthew Amendt, David Margulies, Lenny Wolpe, Nicole Lowrance, Frances Sternhagen in Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro. Photo by Dave Matlow.