Exposition <ul><li>In the beginning of the play we learn that Andrew, the protagonist, is moving into a new apartment because his Hollywood TV sow was canceled. </li></ul><ul><li>We then learn that he is to play Hamlet in an upcoming “Shakespeare in the Park” event. </li></ul><ul><li>At first he doesn’t seem to mind, but it becomes clear that he wants no part of this when the women (Deirdre, Felicia, and Lillian) decide to have a séance and summon the ghost of a previous Hamlet. </li></ul>
Exposition (Cont’d) <ul><li>Of course this séance does not work and the ghost of Barrymore remains un-summoned. </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew ushers everyone out of the apartment and tells his girlfriend Deirdre to go upstairs. </li></ul>
Inciting Incident <ul><li>Almost instantly after Deirdre has left the stage, the ghost of Barrymore appears to Andrew. </li></ul><ul><li>Barrymore asks him to do some of the lines from Hamlet and he obeys. Barrymore believes that it is absolutely horrible. </li></ul><ul><li>He tells Andrew that he must perform the text, or “overact” as Andrew puts it. </li></ul><ul><li>Deirdre hears Andrew talking to someone and she comes downstairs and she is unable to see Barrymore. </li></ul>
Rising Action <ul><li>Andrew must prepare for his debut as Hamlet, but he does not have the gusto. On top of this his girlfriend refuses to have sex with him until they are married. </li></ul><ul><li>Barrymore tries to provoke Andrew by fencing with him. At first this does not work, but towards the end of the duel Andrew takes control and wins. </li></ul><ul><li>Here is where act one ends. </li></ul>
Rising Action (Cont’d) <ul><li>The curtain rises and we find the apartment transformed into a medieval lair. He is also wearing the Hamlet costume with includes stuffed tights. </li></ul><ul><li>He banishes everyone from the apartment and he prepares for his debut with the ghost of Barrymore. </li></ul><ul><li>Whilst in preparation Andrew has a nervous breakdown and realizes that he will not play Hamlet very well. </li></ul>
Climax <ul><li>The climax is of course when Andrew performs the role of Hamlet. We do not actually see this, but it is revealed through exposition. </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew talks to Barrymore and he tells him how much he sucked as Hamlet. Barrymore does not believe him, but it is revealed that this is all true by Deirdre. </li></ul>
Falling Action <ul><li>Barrymore and Andrew have a long chat about his bomb performance of Hamlet. </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew “friend” Gary offers him a TV show that will pay $3 million for the first season and it’s all guaranteed. </li></ul>
Denumount <ul><li>Andrew declines the deal and he decides to stay in NYC to pursue the theatre. </li></ul><ul><li>Gary tells him that they’ll beat this theatre thing together. </li></ul><ul><li>Deirdre says that Andrew is a hero for continuing the performance even though he was so horrible. </li></ul><ul><li>They both exit and it is implied what happens next… </li></ul>
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