After a reckless car accident kills her twin brother, young Charlotte McGraw becomes a fascination to others when it appears she has received an eerie power from his dying kiss. Over the course of a hot summer, a continuing chain of odd events leaves the residents of a small Ohio town stopped in its tracks – as they learn to fear the literal kiss of death beneath their everyday facades.
CAIT ROBINSON (Director) (she/they) is a New York-based theater director. Recent productions include The Clean House at Portland Stage Company, Pinocchio at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Proclamation: World Sick and Proclamation: Unite at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), and Gidion’s Knot and False Flag (world premiere) at Dramatic Repertory Company. Cait has directed workshops at Cincinnati Playhouse, A.R.T., Portland Stage, The Lark, and New Repertory Theater, among others, and heads the college Summer Intensive Program at Cape Cod Theatre Project. Cait spent two years as the Senior Directing Fellow at Cincinnati Playhouse, and is an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, SDCF Observership program, Directors Lab West, American Conservatory Theater fellowship program, Portland Stage Company internship, Celebration Barn Theater, and Bowdoin College. Associate member, SDC. www.Cait-Robinson.com
LAURA SCHELLHARDT (Playwright) (she/her)’s original works include Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainsleys, The Apothecary's Daughter, The K of D, Courting Vampires, Shapeshifter, Inheritance and Je Ne Sais Quoi. Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Outfit and Creole Folktales. She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies. Schellhardt is a recipient of the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Fellowship. She has participated in the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, The Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Festival, the Bonderman Symposium, the Women Playwrights Festival at SRC, and the O'Neill National Playwright's Festival. Schellhardt received an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown University where she studied under Paula Vogel. She currently heads the playwriting program at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
The Girl Arielle L. Goldman
Stage Manager Melanie Ryan
Casting Director Erica A. Hart
Camera Operators Pablo Diego, JC Quiroz Vizhnay, Ben Starkman
Additional Voiceovers provided by Nilan
ARIELLE L. GOLDMAN (Girl) (she/her) is an actor, writer and filmmaker. Her short film “DAY ONE” was featured in the Nitehawk Shorts Festival, New York Lift Off Festival, The Future of Film is Female and RePRO Film Festival among others. Acting work includes: “The Knick” directed by Steven Soderbergh, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Fishkill” directed by Bob Balaban, and the upcoming short film “Polly” directed by Elizabeth Rakhilkina. Arielle co-founded her production company, Neurotica Productions, which serves as a performance breeding ground for works by womxn and non-binary artists. For the theatre: The Seagull dir. Richard Feldman, world premiere of Lewiston by Samuel Hunter, Honors Students (Wild Project), Let's Get Ready Together (The Tank), and more. She holds her MFA from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Acting Program and is a proud volunteer at The 52nd Street Project.
MELANIE RYAN (Stage Manager) (she/her) is a Production Stage Manager and, as of 2020, a Screen Manager for virtual theater as well! Based in NYC for the last decade, she has worked with many different companies in that time, including Barefoot Shakespeare Company, Occupy Verona, What Dreams May Co./Queens Shakespeare, and Turn To Flesh Productions. Pre-pandemic, Melanie was sailing the high seas as a Production Stage Manager and Entertainment Production Manager with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Melanie is so excited and grateful to be working on live theater again!
ERICA A. HART, CSA (Casting Director) (she/her) graduated from NYU where she studied Film and TV. She has been casting for over 10 years on many high profile projects. Erica started off in corporate casting, moving her way up to Casting Coordinator at ABC Casting. She has cast projects that have screened at many film festivals around the world. She has cast commercials for high-end brands and products. Erica has also cast a handful of plays for the National Black Theatre and Drama League. Erica was the Casting Associate on “Ray Donovan,” “The Bold Type,” “Defending Jacob,” and “Godfather of Harlem.” Currently she's casting the “Unt. Michael Che Sketch Series” for HBO MAX.
Photo Credit: DJ Potts. Portrait above by Justin Teodoro.
The K of D is presented with the generous support of Sceneworks Studios
(Chief Executive Officer, Ariela Pizza).
Produced by special arrangement with
THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.
Originally produced January 2008 by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington D.C., Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director. The K of D was originally developed at ACT Theatre, Seattle, Wash. Subsequent development of The K of D was supported by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center during a residency at the National Playwrights Conference of 2006. It was further developed at the Virginia Premiere Theatre in September 2007.