Ann Hu is delighted to be part of Hello Kitty Must Die. Off-Bdwy: The Bilbao Effect (World Premiere-Theater at Center for Architecture), Private Jokes Public Places (Theatre at Center for Architecture); Beach Radio, the musical (CAP21 Theatre); 99 Histories (by Julia Cho, Mentor Project); Young Playwrights Festivals (Cherry Lane); The Joy Luck Club (Pan Asian Repertory) Regional/LA theater: The Baby Project and Cooperstown (The Road Theater Co., LA), Blueprint for Paradise (Hudson Main Stage, LA) Private Jokes, Public Places (Wellfleet Theatre, MA); An Infinite Ache ( Triad Stage, NC and The Public Theatre, ME); Redwood Curtain (Dorset Theatre, VT and Schoolhouse Theatre, NY) Film: 88 Keys Salute, 5th Passenger, Wicked Moms Club (Lifetime), How to Seduce Difficult Women, The Brooklyn Heist, The Last New Yorker, Petty Crimes TV: NCIS, Pearson, Man with a Plan, Extant, Castle, Switched at Birth, Last Man Standing, Law & Order; Cyberchase (PBS), GAME FARM (Nickelodeon). She is obsessed with happy hour karaoke, squirrels, and second hand sustainable shopping. Hu is a mezzo soprano and occasionally does stand up comedy.
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.
Gail’s obsession with HKMD began in August, 2011 when she read the novel on a whim. She'd never felt more seen or understood and it became her dream to share Fi with the world. When Kurt Johns directed Gail in the The Unfortunates, the obsession grew and the partnership was born to bring Fiona to life. A Chicago-based actor, she has worked with theatres such as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northlight, and The Goodman as well as The Cleveland Playhouse, Indiana, Asolo, and Merrimack Repertory Theatres, and Maltz Jupiter Theatre. She’s worked with Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Theresa Rebeck, Risa Brainin, Gary Griffin, Sean Daniels and up and comer Marti Lyons. Recently, she made the jump to L.A. TV includes Chicago Fire, Crisis, Boss, Chicago Code and the soon to be released Ratched starring Sarah Paulson. She loves bringing new projects to life and looks forward to developing the next novel she keeps under her pillow into a kick-ass series filled with diverse womxn over the age of 35. She’s a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. You can get more of gail at gailonline.net
Was introduced to HKMD by Gail Rastorfer while directing The Unfortunates. "We were trading passion projects, she lent me the HKMD Ebook, I inhaled the whole book in a night and well here we are." Kurt is 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 won a Jeff Award for Best Solo Performance, was a runaway hit in Chicago before moving to New York City to play 6 months at New World Stages. Kurt also directed SoloChicago's critically acclaimed 2nd production The Unfortunates starring Gail Rastorfer which was Jeff award Nominated. Kurt directed The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey for American Blues Theater which garnered a Jeff Award for Best Solo Performance. 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. You can read more about his work at kurtjohns.com
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
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 Hel...
Like Fiona and her creator Angela/Kate, we want to remove the constraints from and lift up Asian women and their achievements. HKMD is an opportunity for an Asian-American actress to follow in the footsteps of Ann Deveare Smith, Whoopie Goldberg, and Lily Tomlin.
A darkly comedic solo play about family, arranged dating, and murder, where the laughs pile up as fast as the bodies.
Below video is excerpts from the LA reading. It was our first opportunity to present our adaptation in front of the author of the novel. It gives some indication of the impression the play has on a small live audience.
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