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i will eat you alive. Production Photo

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i will eat you alive. by Katie Hileman, directed by Katie Hileman. A play in the form of a dinner party for 3 women that explores the beauty, pain, and absurdity of diet culture and navigating society in a fat body. The play took place on and around a giant dinner table where the audience was invited to partake in a multi-course meal along with the actors. Pictured: Actors Becca Glantz, Meghan Taylor, and Betse Lyons greet their dinner guests.

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The Alibi Play by Jen Diamond, directed by Katie Hileman. Half stand up, half theatre, The Alibi Play is a comedy that kaleidoscopes reality, fantasy, and friendship to figure out what it means to be a truly Good Person. Pictured: Actors Jen Diamond and Pamela Hugi.

Tunnel Vision Production Photo

Tunnel Vision by Andrea Lepcio. Directed by Deborah Randall. Olexzandra needs to escape her study and Jill needs to escape the train tunnel. They both end up together–but they don’t know each other or where they’ve ended up. At first, it’s antagonistic. Then, the attraction begins. Will it lead them to being found? Pictured: Katie Hileman as Jill at Venus Theatre.

the cable. Production Photo

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the cable. by Katie Hileman, directed by Katie Hileman. Connected by jumper cables for the entirety of this 10 minute play, a couple navigates the overwhelming electricity of their relationship and connection to each other. Pictured: Actors Jessie Poole and David Brasington at Charm City Nights on the Fringe.

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Katie Hileman (she/her) is a DIY theatre maker working out of Baltimore, MD who is passionate about making and producing new plays. As a theatre maker, Katie likes to do it all, but primarily works as a director, playwright, intimacy choreographer, performer, producer, or some mix of all 5. Her original work centers around messy, ugly, contemporary women, focusing primarily on issues surrounding the beauty, pain, and absurdity of living in a fat body. She also makes work about how much she hates... more

i will eat you alive.

i will eat you alive. by Katie Hileman
Directed by Katie Hileman

Towson University, Towson, MD, February 2020
Produced by The Interrobang Theatre Company and Towson Theatre MFA Program
Actors: Becca Glantz, Meghan Taylor, and Betse Lyons

You are cordially invited to a dinner party to celebrate one fat woman’s decision to lose weight. Join us for a delicious, five course meal examining diet culture, representation, and what it’s really like to be a fat woman in today’s society. There’s singing. There’s dancing. There’s even cake. Because we all deserve dessert! (In moderation of course!) Remember: nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, right?

....right?

"i will eat you alive" was inspired by and written after a series of interviews conducted between fat playwright, Katie Hileman, and a community of self-identified fat women and femmes.

We are fat. We are here. And we will eat you alive.

Plans for a Baltimore remount and subsequent 2021 tour cancelled due to COVID-19.

Modern Witches

Modern Witches by Katherine Kopajtic
Directed by Katie Hileman

Charm City Fringe Festival
Maryland Art Place Underground, Baltimore, MD, October 2019
Produced by Tres Brujas Productions
Actor: Katherine Kopajtic

Recently single actor Kate is given an opportunity to play Virginia Woolf. As she struggles to make a self-tape audition in an uprooted life, she finds guidance, wisdom, and inspiration from various witches that she meets along the way. Their magic seeps into Kate’s creative process with surprising results. Modern Witches is a multi-character solo show inspired by the life of Virginia Woolf that examines the characteristics of women beneath the label of "witch".

All photos and promotional material by Kiirstn Pagan

The Alibi Play

OLGA Presents: a Stand-Up Show!!! (or The Alibi Play) by Jen Diamond
Directed by Katie Hileman

Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD, June 2019
Produced by OLGA
Actors: Jen Diamond and Pamela Hugi

The piece was a recipient of the 2019 Maryland State Arts Council Creativity Grant. The show was named one of the “Best Things To Do in Baltimore” by Baltimore Magazine. 

Comedy duo OLGA is super psyched to perform for you a brand new night of stand up comedy!!! Well, they would be psyched – except Jen’s boyfriend just broke up with her in a frozen yogurt shop. And Pam is unemployed and unable to buy a Bitcoin. And something really, really bad happened just a few hours ago and it might just change both of their lives forever. Half stand up, half theatre, The Alibi Play is a comedy that kaleidoscopes reality, fantasy, and friendship to figure out what it means to be a truly Good Person.

All photos by Kiirstn Pagan

Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels

Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels by Katie Hileman
Part of Rapid Lemon Production's "Variations on Myth" 10-Minute Play Festival
Directed by T.P. Huth

Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD, May 2019
Produced by Rapid Lemon Productions
Actors: Christine Demuth and Mani Yangilmau

"Where political commentary had been a blade slashing in a single direction earlier in the evening, Nothing Taste as Good as Skinny Feels by Katie Hileman allowed us a sample of the pain our insecurities inflict on us, regardless of our weight, whether we are victimized for it or a victimizer.  As serious as this sounds, I enjoyed the surprise of seeing our first case of the amazing use of a prop, as Before (Mani Yangilmau) scarfed down a slice of cheese pizza, in an erotic fit of caloric passion." - Mandy Gunther (TheatreBloom)

Two women named Before and After meet in a gym. They talk about their own bodies, each other's bodies, and fight over a slice of pizza. Does nothing really taste as good as skinny feels? Or is that just a myth fed to women to get them to hate themselves and each other?

Chlamydia

Chlamydia by Katie Hileman
Directed by Katie Hileman

Featured act in One Night Stand Fells Point Corner Theatre, Baltimore, MD, February 2019
Produced by The Interrobang Theatre Company
Actors: Aladrian Crowder Wetzel, Cara Hinh, Shubhangi Kuchibhotla, Rae Hample, and Meghan Taylor

Towson Theatre MFA 2020 Cohort's Playwriting Showcase
Towson University, Towson, MD, December 2018
Actors: Alex Shade, Rae Hample, Shubhangi Kuchibhotla, Hannah Kelley, and Caitlin Weaver

Mae is single and ready to tingle... Based off of a story from a close friend of her contracting chlamydia from a Tinder hook up, Chlamydia reimagines Tinder as a game show host, leading Mae through different dates with The Fuckboys. The Fuckboys were all played by women, and their spoken text was taken from real screenshots provided to me by my close friend, and others, of their actual interactions with men on Tinder. Mae dates, she fucks, her vagina sings the cha-cha slide, but ultimately she learns that men are, and always will be, trash.

  • Chlamydia Production Photo

    Production Photo of Chlamydia at One Night Stand. In this scene, Tinder (Aladrian Crowder Wetzel) watches Mae (Cara Hinh) as she talks with Fuckboy 1 (Shubhangi Kuchibhotla).
  • Chlamydia Production Photo

    Production photo of the reading at Towson. In this scene, Mae (Rae Hample) addresses Fuckboy 1 (Shubhangi Kuchibhotla). You can see the text of Fuckboy 1's monologue projected behind the actors.
  • Chlamydia Full Script

    "TINDER: (to the audience)
    Hello, I’m Tinder. You might know me from such things as… “Being Really Drunk at 3 am and Needing to Feel a Body on Top of You” or “Constantly Reminding You You’ll be Alone Forever No Matter How Hard You Try” or “Better than OKCupid”. Some might call me a dating app. I probably live on your phone. I am here to help you find love. I am your friend. You trust me."

    PDF icon Chlamydia Full Script
  • Chlamydia Video Clip

    A portion of Chlamydia. (lol).

American Heifer

American Heifer By Katie Hileman
Performed by Katie Hileman

The Drawing Room, Observatory, South Africa, January 2019
Produced by The Towson Theatre MFA 2020 Cohort

In January of 2019, the Towson Theatre MFA 2020 Cohort made a trip to study abroad in South Africa. Left mostly to our own devices on the trip, we, of course, came up with a last minute cabaret performance at a local cafe called The Drawing Room. Each cohort member presented a short piece. This was my piece inspired by my time spent in South Africa in a fat body (at the height of my eating disorder with a recently broken heart). This was one of the first pieces I ever shared publicly about my fatness, and set the course for my writing work moving forward.

This was a one night only event open to locals and other students on the trip. Very casual and stripped down. The title of the cabaret, American Heifer, was an inside joke amongst the cohort, but as I thought about what I wanted to present, the title seemed to resonate with me further than something just light-hearted, so it became the title of my monologue as well

  • American Heifer Production Photo

    A picture of the cohort taking their final bows. Pictured: Katie Hileman, Rae Hample, Tavish Forsyth, Jamaal Amir, Matthew Williams, Brandice Thompson.
  • American Heifer Promotional Flyer

    A last minute flyer made to advertise our cabaret in Observatory, South Africa. Pictured: Matthew Williams, Katie Hileman, Rae Hample, Jarod Hanson, Brandice Thompson, and Tavish Forsyth.
  • American Heifer Full Script

    "Fine then. Go with the skinny blonde who you can show off to your other shallow fuckboy friends. I don’t need you to love me to prove that I am lovable. I don’t need you to fuck me to prove that I am fuckable.

    But actually I totally do and that’s just what I’ve been repeating to myself for months in hopes that it’ll stick and I won’t need you anymore."

    PDF icon American Heifer Full Script
  • American Heifer Video

    Full video performance of American Heifer by Katie Hileman.

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision by Andrea Lepcio
Directed by Deborah Randall

Venus Theatre, Laurel, MD, May 2017
Actors: Katie Hileman as Jill and Kyosin Kang as Olexzandra

Olexzandra needs to escape her study and Jill needs to escape the train tunnel. They both end up together–but they don’t know each other or where they’ve ended up. At first, it’s antagonistic. Then, the attraction begins. Will it lead them to being found?

Kerrmoor

Kermoor by Susan McCully
Directed by Eve Muson

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD, October 2015
Produced by The Interrobang Theatre Company and The Strand Theatre Company
Actors: Katie Hileman as Lorna, Susan McCully as Agatha (Baltimore), Erin Hanratty as Kylie

“A stylish co-production…Katie Hileman is a standout, nimbly negotiating the role’s mood swings.” —Baltimore Sun

“Strange, haunting, beautiful, and moving. Kerrmoor is great theatre. I highly recommend it.” —What Weekly

“Captivating…a potent, haunting play.” —DC Metro Theatre Arts

“McCully’s play is vivid and visceral…a colossal experience.” —TheatreBloom

“Fascinating…an impressive production and a Charm City Fringe must-see show.” —The Bad Oracle

“…a solid entry into this year’s FringeNYC Festival. Kerrmoor is a well-performed piece with an intriguing premise.” —Theasy.com

In an isolated Appalachian town, the hard-hewn folk return to their backwoods rituals to ward off threats from an increasingly hostile modern world. Will Lorna convince her mother to make the necessary sacrifice and prevent social and ecological disaster? Will the chilling rite at Kerrmoor be repeated?

This production was a co-production with the Strand Theater Company and a proud participant in The 14th Annual Page to Stage Festival 2015, Women’s Voices Theater Festival and Charm City Fringe. Kerrmoor was made possible with the generous support of the UMBC College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Scott Casper, Dean) and an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

In 2016, this production was presented at FringeNYC in association with Grrl Parts Productions with Meg VanLent as Agatha. 

the cable.

the cable. By Katie Hileman
Directed by Katie Hileman

Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD, June 2015
Produced by The Interrobang Theatre Company 
Actors: Jessie Poole and David Brasington

Connected by jumper cables for the entirety of this 10-minute play, a couple navigates the overwhelming electricity of their relationship and connection to each other by jumping through time and form and a gas station.

There were no other set or props used to tell the story besides the jumper cables. Originially conceived as part of Single Carrot Theatre's 24-Hour Play Festival. This play was part of a one night only, sold out variety show called Charm City Nights on the Fringe.

All Photography and Video by Kiirstn Pagan

Broken

Broken by Juanita Rockwell
Directed by Katie Hileman

Part of Interrobang Theatre's short play festival: Heavy Hors D'ouvres.

Mercury Theatre, Baltimore, MD, March 2015
Produced by The Interrobang Theatre Company
Actors: Erin Hanratty, David Brasington, Brady Whealton

“Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres is an enjoyable evening of new theater tidbits that gives a taste of what this young and impressive company can do. Stellar performances, thoughtful staging and promising new works showcase Interrobang’s level of professionalism and leave the audience hungry for more.” —The Bad Oracle

Nominated for a 2015 Bad Oracle B.U.L.S.H.I.T. Award for Best Concept

After suffering a stroke, Lorraine struggles to let go of her past life and understand her new reality.

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