Mercer Island Reporter


‘Upright’ Islander writes, stars in one-woman show

December 12, 2012 · 10:26 AM

Former Islander, Mercer Island High School graduate and Youth Theatre Northwest alumna, Kate Hess has written and stars in ‘Murder Abbey,’ a parody of PBS’s ‘Downton Abbey.’ If you look closely, you will see that the characters above all look strangely alike except one. / Contributed Photo

“Murder Abbey,” a solo costume drama parody written and performed by Upright Citizens Brigade member, Kate Hess, is being performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles.

Hess, a native of Mercer Island, graduated from Mercer Island High School and performed with Youth Theatre Northwest, Seattle Children’s Theatre and the MIHS Drama Club.

In New York, Hess performed improv and sketch regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. At UCB-NY, she wrote and starred in “The Palin Family All Star Revue & Election Spectacular” and “We Kate Shelly,” which Time Out NY called “silly, adroit, and unique all at once.”

The review described “Murder Abbey” as a take on all Masterpiece Theatre costume dramas: “[Hess] mashes together ‘Downton Abbey’ and an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, paying homage not just to Downton but to the larger Masterpiece brand.”

An excerpt from Murder Abbey can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/47388543.


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