Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:01 am EST 03/05/19

The Producer’s Perspective PRO Reading Series, which is produced in part by Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, is kicking off their first quarterly reading with a presentation of Hello Kitty Must Die on Monday, March 18th at 4pm at Ripley Grier, Studio 312 (305 W. 38th Street New York, NY 10018).

Hello Kitty Must Die is based on the cult novel by Angela S. Choi. It is written by Kurt Johns and Gail Rastorfer. The staged reading will also be directed by Kurt Johns, and stars Ann Hu.

“Last year I announced my mission to help 5000 shows get produced by 2025 on my blog and The PRO Reading Series is just one of the ways we’re helping our community reach their goals. I’m very proud of the work our PRO members are doing and am thrilled to offer an opportunity to have their voices heard each quarter,” says Ken Davenport.

Hello Kitty Must Die is about Fiona Yu, a 30-year-old Chinese-American lawyer who appears to be just another upscale “Hello Kitty”. She is not what she seems.

While trying to avoid the "nice Chinese boys" her father sets her up with, navigate the murky waters of San Francisco’s legal world, and repair her virginity, Fiona discovers a new life with her childhood BFF Sean, which often results in dead bodies.

With Sean’s help, Fiona embarks on a journey of self-discovery, creating her own version of the American Dream and eliminating anyone and anything that stands in her way.

Hello Kitty Must Die is a manifesto of Asian feminism, a hilarious takedown of the “Hello Kitty” submissive, Asian female stereotype, and a deliciously-twisted tale of family, murder, and arranged dating.

Kurt Johns, co-adaptor, is a 20-year resident of New York who had a great performing career in regionalsBroadway 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 it onto 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), and 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 the novel of which the show is based, 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.

Ann Hu is delighted and honored to be back in New York for the reading 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: Untitled Cynthia Gus Project, 5th Passenger, Wicked Moms Club (Lifetime), How to Seduce Difficult Women, Capers, 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 currently resides in West Los Angeles, as a situational, abstinent vegan who is obsessed with hot yoga, her chiropractor and sustainable second-hand shopping.

Ken Davenport (President of Davenport Theatrical Enterprises) is a Broadway producer whose credits include: Once On This Island (2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival) Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening, Kinky Boots (Tony Award), The Visit (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury (Broadway, West End and National Tour), and 13, as well as Daddy Long Legs, That Bachelorette Show, Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage Off-Broadway. He also produced the award winning These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty” and is one of the co-founders of TEDxBroadway. He also created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more.

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