HELLO KITTY MUST DIE, the play.
Based on the novel of the same name by Angela S. Choi.
Adapted for the stage by Kurt Johns and Gail Rastorfer.

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HELLO KITTY MUST DIE has been chosen for inclusion in The Road Theatre’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF9). HELLO KITTY MUST DIE will be read on August 1st at the Lankershim Arts Center. The festival is now the largest staged reading festival in the nation with playwrights from around the country and around the world participating.
Road Theatre Summer Playwrights Festival



Hello Kitty Must Die held a Free Reading in Chicago,
June 25th-26th, 7:30 at Stage 773 in the Cabaret Space

In this World Premiere transgressive darkly comedic Solo Play, one actress, through the voice of Fiona Yu, the main character/narrator who is a 30 yr old Chinese-American lawyer tells the story of her "becoming". Fi impersonates her parents, her dates, her bosses as she relates her accidental reunion with her long lost childhood friend Sean with whom she shares mutual alienation. While other young men work on their cars, cook, or play video games, Sean kills people.


HKMD SYNOPSIS

Fiona Yu, a 30 yr old Chinese-American lawyer, appears to be just another Hello Kitty stereotype. She’s anything but. She says, "I hate Hello Kitty. She’s just clawless, fangless, voiceless, with that placid, blank expression topped by a pink ribbon. I want to be able to pay for my Jimmy Choos myself and tell anyone who tries to put a damn bow behind my ear to go to hell."


To buck her family’s marriage pressure and restrictive cultural tradition Fiona sets out to take her own virginity and by chance reunites with her long lost childhood friend, Sean, who has changed his name and reinvented himself as a respected plastic surgeon, specializing in female genital reconstruction. After their chance meeting, Fi and Sean have a first “date” to catch up. We learn of Fiona’s "Androgynist" nature and get a hint that Sean’s dark side.


While trying to avoid the "nice Chinese boys" her father tries to set her up with and navigate the murky waters of San Francisco’s legal world, Fiona tries out a new life with Sean which consists of fun but platonic dates that always seem to result in dead bodies.


Fiona is laid off from her job law firm. Sean takes her out on another “date” and uses his lethal talents to help her into a new position at a new firm. Fiona's father dupes her into an engagement to the spoiled son of a wealthy chef. Her world starts to spiral out of control as she battles her bullying new boss, her unacceptable new fiancé and Sean pulling her farther outside her comfort zone. Fiona flees and heads to the office to seek sanity only to have her domineering boss abuse her. Fi is forced to employ Sean’s method to deal with him.


And so with Sean’s help, Fiona embarks on a darkly twisted journey of self discovery and creates her own version of the American Dream, eliminating, without fear or remorse, anyone and anything that stands in her way. Hello Kitty Must Die is a manifesto of Asian feminism, Joy Luck Club meets Dexter.


CREATIVES

Kurt Johns, co-adaptor

a 20 year resident of New York had a great performing career in regionals, Broadway and National Tours before repatriating to Chicago to concentrate on directing and writing. Kurt is one of the co-founders of SoloChicago Theatre, whose production of Churchill, the Play was a runaway hit in Chicago before moving to New York City to play a 6 month run at New World Stages. Kurt also directed SoloChicago's critically acclaimed 2nd production The Unfortunates starring Gail Rastorfer. Kurt has directed for theaters such as Apple Tree Theater, The Auditorium Theatre, Light Opera Works, Chicago College of Performing Arts, and of course SoloChicago. HKMD is the 3rd work Kurt's written for the stage. His first was as co-author of The NOT Mikado which toured and came dangerously close to making to Broadway. You can read more about his work at kurtjohns.com

Gail Rastorfer, co-adaptor

has worked with Chicago area theatres such as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, First Folio Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Drury Lane E.P., Griffin Theatre, The Chicago Theatre and The Goodman. She’s been most happy helping bring new plays to life. Regional credits include: The Heidi Chronicles and The Game’s Afoot (Asolo Rep), Ten Chimneys and In the Next Room: or the vibrator play (Cleveland Playhouse), As You Like It (Indiana Rep), Mauritius (Madison Rep). Television credits include Chicago Fire, Crisis, Boss, Chicago Code and a wide range of national commercials. She serves on the Chicago board of SAG-AFTRA and is a proud member of AEA. Read more about Gail at gailonline.net

Angela S. Choi, author of novel

is a writer who lived in San Francisco and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Born in Hong Kong, she is proficient in both Cantonese and English. She practiced law until she no longer wanted to live life in six-minute increments, and so took up the pen at the tender age of 30. When she is not writing, she spends her time molesting her fat parakeet, Meatball, who is arguably the best toe-nibbler in the world. Hello Kitty Must Die was her debut novel.

Carol Ann Tan, dramaturg

is a Singapore-born, Chicago-based director, writer, and dramaturg. Her work focuses on issues surrounding race and immigration, particularly those involving the Asian diaspora. Directing/writing credits: Domestic Departure for the Director's Haven 2016 (Haven Theatre); Apartment Complex, Domestic Departure (University of Chicago). In 2015, Domestic Departure was awarded second place for the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize by the University of Chicago. Upcoming directing projects: assisting Elly Green on You for Me for You(Sideshow Theatre). Dramaturgy credits include peerless (First Floor Theater), In The Wake (The Comrades), assisting on The Audience (TimeLine Theatre), and Wild Boar (Silk Road Rising). www.carolanntan.com

Christine Bunuan, casting associate

is a veteran of the Chicago stage. Her credits include Writer's Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, TimeLine Theatre Company, Mercury Theater Chicago, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Theatre, and many more. Christine has also assistant directed at AboutFace and Prologue Theatre, expanding her knowledge of how things work on the other side of the table. She earned her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and serves on the Central Regional Board. Please feel free to visit www.christinebunuan.com for more info.

Free Developmental Reading
August 1 at The Road Theatre Los Angeles.
Starring Ann Hu
Directed by Carlyle King
June 25th, 7:30 at Stage 773 Cabaret Space
June 26th, 7:30 at Stage 773 Cabaret Space
Starring Helen Young as Fiona Yu
Directed by Kurt Johns

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