New York Premiere of A LITTLE LESS THAN KIND Invites Industry to Stage Playback at Open Jar Studios

Written by Gracie Rittenberg and directed by Jessica Wu. This new gender-focused adaptation of Hamlet is taking New York by storm and looking to partner with like-minded artists and businesses.

Free private readings will be held at Open Jar Studios on May 19, 20 and 21, 2022.

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Synopsis: Hannah just wanted to be a normal anxious college student who hated her parents and her life, but her mother’s sudden death changed everything. When she returns home to go to the funeral, she finds that her aunt is already engaged to her father. Her mother’s ghost appears and tells her what really happened, setting her on a quest for revenge…or maybe just get rid of her mother. In this modern tale of Hamlet, Shakespearean circumstances collide with modern life, and nothing stays calm for long.

Address: 1601 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY, 10019

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Bluebird Theater Company was founded in 2019 when its founding members were finishing their training at Atlantic Theater Company Full-Time Conservatory. Since then, they have produced classic plays, contemporary plays, new plays, comedies and audio dramas, Zoom one numbers, and filmed productions. Members are active in the United States, throughout Europe, Israel and Australia. For more information on Bluebird’s growth and mission, visit

Jessica Wu (she) is an award-winning playwright, director, songwriter, playwright and actor, specializing in the development of new works. Covers of Broadway-A Chorus Line and Miss Saigon. Author of a number of short films, one-acts and complete theatrical works, including You, Me, I, We (O’Neill Conference semi-finalist), Good Mourning (2021 Moxie Arts NY Commission, American Theater Blue Ink finalist for the award). and Poupelle from Chimney Town (International premiere Tokyo, November 2021). Professor of theater at American University, lyricist-mentor with the Harvard-Radcliffe G&S Players and panelist/judge for the Playwrights Realm’s International Theatermakers Award. For more information, visit

GRACIE RITTENBERG is a New York-based playwright, director, and actor who has played every role possible in theater. His short plays have been performed at several festivals and his first short “Alien Invasion” premiered at New Filmmakers NY Fest and Emerging: A Virtual Film Festival (where it won *all* audience awards). A Little Less Than Kind is his first complete play. For more information, visit

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Corina C. Butler