Produced at the 2004 Summer Play Festival in New York City.
Kitty Michael Goldstrom
Kitty Kitty Kel O’Neill
Kitty Kitty Kitty Micahel Stadlemann
Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty, Mr. Person Chris Hogan
Mrs. Person, Cat Mia Barron
Scientist Conor Barrett
Director: Carolyn Cantor
Kitty: A suicidal housecat. Lost the will to live until he falls in love with his clone.
Kitty Kitty: Kitty’s clone. Looks exactly like Kitty, but doesn’t love him.
Kitty Kitty Kitty: Kitty’s clone. Doesn’t look exactly like him. Is a little slow
Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty: Kitty’s clone. Stupid.
Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty: Kitty’s clone. Full-fledge retarded. Totally incomprehensible—speaks in grunts and yells.
Mr. Person: Kitty Kitty’s owner, who is really lonely.
Mrs. Person: Kitty Kitty’s other owner. Kind of a bitch.
Scientist: A good-hearted scientist who had the vision to clone the first housecat.
Cat: A stupid cat who lives on the Jersey Shore and can’t remember what he ate for dinner.
Publication: Haidle, Noah. Kitty Kitty Kitty. Dramatists Play Service, 2006. Drama Library PS3608. A52 K58 2006.
Setting: A secret island off the coast of New Jersey; a gated community in New Jersey
You don’t love me. You love yourself. The hand jobs we gave each other were wrong on a level reserved for Greek tragedy. It’s my guess that people will want to do studies about us. I read about a pair of identical twins from Arizona who were separated at birth but who both became bus drivers and had wives named Kim. Isn’t that amazing? And w’ere not just identical twins. We’re clones.
Plot: Kitty, a suicidal housecat, falls in love with his clone, Kitty Kitty, who, unfortunately, doesn’t love him back. After being rejected by Kitty Kitty, Kitty creates more clones hoping to find true love again. The results are disastrous as well as humorous. Definitely not a serious look at cloning a la A Number by Caryl Churchill, but rather an examination of love and obsession, and the role narcissism might play in determining who we love. And, of course, it’s also about cats giving each other hand jobs.
Representative Monologues: Monologues contain the first few lines and the last few lines; please consult the published text for the monologue in its entirety.
p.10–11: Kitty tells Kitty Kitty how he used to write poetry and how he’s going to write a love poem to Kitty Kitty, whom he has falling instantly in love with. Very short monologue.
I used to write poetry. You know, like about my life and everything. What I was feeling. [Lines cut] But you’ll learn. You’ll learn to talk. You’ll learn to move. You’ll learn that you’re in love with me too.
p.18–19: Kitty writes a message to put in a bottle for Kitty Kitty expressing his love and including a love poem for him. Long monologue.
Dearest Kitty Kitty,
It’s me, Kitty. I’m writing you a message in a bottle. Pretty cheesy, right? I escaped from the laboratory and am floating in the Atlantic Ocean hopefully towards where you live. I feel like Mark Wahlberg at the end of The Perfect Storm; did you ever see that movie? I think it’s underrated, and that Diane Lane is terrific in anything. Anyway, just before he drowns Mark communicates through voiceover with Diane and says that all there is, is love.
I wrote you a poem. It’s my first love poem so it might not be any good:
This is for a cat named Kitty Kitty
I think he is very pretty pretty
He makes me blush
And makes me gush,
All of the tears in my eyes
The joy he provides
To my insides
Is enough to fill my lungs as I drown
p. 7–8: Kitty is depressed and suicidal. The Scientist is preparing to clone him. Starts with
Here, kitty. (He makes kissy noises people make to pets and babies.) Here, kitty kitty. (More kissy noises. Kitty wakes up but doesn’t move.) I brought you a saucer of milk. A nice saucer of milk for you. (Kissy noises.) You must be hungry. Come on, kitty kitty. (Kitty goes to the saucer of milk but doesn’t drink.) What’s wrong? Do you think the milk is poisoned? Is that what you think? Here, I’ll drink some first so you know it’s not poison milk. (He drinks some. Puts it back down.) Mmnnnnnnnmmm. You see, it’s fine. (Kitty reluctantly begins lapping up the milk.) Did you know in ancient times there were food tasters who made sure important people’s food wasn’t poisoned? I bet you didn’t know that. I bet you didn’t. (He pets Kitty, who doesn’t purr.) Can I get a little purr? Just a little one? Puuuuuuuur.
and ends with
It’ll be so good to be dead.
p. 23–26: Kitty tries to win Kitty Kitty back Starts with
Do you know what I am?
and ends with
p. 27–29: Kitty writes a suicide note in the sand, meets another cat, and decides that instead of killing himself, he’ll create another clone to love. The Mr. Person and Kitty Kitty lines in the scene can be cut. Starts with
What are you writing?
and ends with
Another clone. Why not? There’s no one around to screw it up. I’ll teach him to love me. Here I come, Kitty Kitty Kitty.
Select Bibliography of Reviews and Criticism: (Note: article title links are to the online versions, mostly UW-only restricted unless designated as open access.)
Reel, J. (2009, 16 July). Clones and Lust: ‘Kitty Kitty Kitty’ conveys important ideas about love and narcissism in an entertaining way. [open access]Tucson Weekly.