Broadway Producer Pick List: Hello Kitty Must Die


Fiona Yu, a 30 yr old Chinese-American lawyer, appears to be just another Hello Kitty stereotype. She says, “I hate Hello Kitty. She’s just clawless, fangless, voiceless, with that placid, blank expression topped by a pink bow.” To buck her family’s marriage pressure, Fiona sets out to take her own virginity and by chance reunites with her long-lost childhood friend, Sean, who has reinvented himself as a respected plastic surgeon, and oh yeah also kills people.

Fi and Sean reconnect and go on a series of platonic dates that always seem to result in dead bodies. Fi embarks on a darkly twisted journey of self-discovery and creates her own version of the American Dream, eliminating anyone and anything that stands in her way.

Hello Kitty Must Die is a World Premiere darkly comedic transgressive Solo Play, a manifesto of Asian feminism, Joy Luck Club meets Dexter, Ali Wong meets American Psycho.


Kurt Johns, Director, 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 6 months at New World Stages. Kurt also directed SoloChicago’s critically acclaimed 2nd production The Unfortunates starring Gail Rastorfer. Kurt directed The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey for American Blues Theater which garnered 3 Jeff Award Nominations. 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


Gail Rastorfer, co-adaptor

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



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