Past Event

Kill Hamlet

May 4, 2018
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Ford Foundation Studio @ The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

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).

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