Kill Hamlet | Spring 2018

May 3 - 5, 2018


Kill Hamlet

by Nako Adodoadji


In a twist of meta-theatrical fate, a mid-career playwright named Alexandra comes face to face with her creation, a young heroine named Ophelia, who has been tasked with killing her former lover, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Unwittingly, Alexandra switches places with Ophelia and is forced into a world in which she has little to no control. At its core, Kill Hamlet probes the role of identity, loss and free will when you think you are in control of your own story and discover you're not.


Production Team:


Director: Carl Hancock Rux

General Manager: Philippa Kane

Production Stage Manager: Daniel Vaughn

Company Manager: Sami Pyne

Scenic Designer: Anna Driftmier

Costume Designer: Sam Guglielmo

Lighting Designer: TBA

Sound Designer: Michael LoCicero  

Video Projection Designer: Andrew Garvis

Costume Designer: Sam Guglielmo

Dance Choreography: Ann Cooley

Fight Choreography: NJ Agwuna

Associate and Supervising Director: Nako Adodoadji

Assistant Dance Choreographer: Carrie Dickson

Piano / Keyboard: Nick Stubblefield

Percussion: Ricky Phillipe

Cello: Scott McCreary



Carrie Dickson: Stage Directions

Jillian Guerts*: Ophelia/The Voice/Dr. Miller

Brough Hanson*: R (Rosencrantz) / Gravedigger

Lee Kaplan*: Hamlet/Billy

Sophie Larin: Juliet

Larissa Marten: Woman in Black 1

Chelsea Rose Amoroso*: Woman in Black 2

Clayton McInerney: Laertes

Mark Weatherup Jr.*: G (Guildenstern) / Gravedigger

Joanna Whicker: Alexandra

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


Festival Staff:


Production Manager: CB Shotwell

Technical Director: John Trevellini

Director of Production: Joe Novak

Festival Stage Managers: Patty Garvey and Morgan Beach

Festival General Manager: Bethany Sharp

Marketing Director: Halla Tryggvadottir

Program Assistant: Zach Marlin

CU Program Assistant: Kate Mulley

Scenic//Props Coordinator: Anna Driftmier

Sound//Projection Coordinator: Ian Wehrle

Signature Lighting Coordinator: Abby Hoke-Brady

Signature Costume Coordinator: Sam Guglielmo

Production Resources: Jack Calk

Run Crew: Aaron Keller

Head of Playwriting Department: David Henry Hwang

Head of Stage Mgmt. Department: Michael J. Passaro


The Playwright’s Bio:


Nako Adodoadji is a writer, actor and multi-disciplinary artist. She has performed at The Wilma Theater, The Arden Theatre Company, The Prince Music Theater, InterAct Theatre Company, Writing is Live Festival at Brown University and The Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She has also been featured in commercials and industrials, and has worked with such notable artists as Carl Hancock Rux, Ifa Bayeza, Blanka Zizka, Kym Moore, Mercedes Ellington and Brian Sanders. Her play, A Lonely Light, was presented in the 2015 Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, and the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She was a finalist for the 2017 Downtown Urban Arts Festival in New York for her play, Protest, which was performed in the festival at Cherry Lane Theatre and placed second in the Best Short Play Category. Additionally, she was a finalist for the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, and most recently worked as script consultant and acting coach for the award winning short film, The Cage, which received the GOLD SCREEN Young Directors Award at the 2017 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity and is an Oscar qualifier for Best Narrative Short. She has been nominated for the inaugural Mabou Mines Suite Space artist residency program, and she is currently developing a new play titled, Kill Hamlet, which will receive a production this spring at Signature Theatre, and she is developing a one-woman show titled, The Celibate Life, which will receive a staged reading this summer at Columbia University. Ms. Adodoadji is a University of the Arts Alum with a B.F.A in Acting, and she is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. She is currently in the MFA in Playwriting Program at Columbia University (expected graduation, 2018).


Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: Ford Foundation Studio
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

Ticket Policy:
No late seating.