The Kind Killer by Achiro P. Olwoch

Saturday, Oct 14, 2023 at 7:00 PM*

*Followed by a post-performance talkback.

at HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank Street, New York

Seating is limited. RSVP today!

Nata is a widow who survived the war after being abducted by the man who killed her husband. The Kind Killer weaves together this story of surviving the war in Northern Uganda with the process of making the African delicacy, odii.

“Maybe what I would like is for my children to grow up without pain in this world. Is that possible? I want them to be able to laugh and cry and play.”

The Artists

Achiro P. Olwoch (Playwright) hails from Gulu, in Northern Uganda. She lives in exile in New York and is currently the Weiss International Fellow at Barnard College. She is an award-winning writer, director and producer after winning numerous awards and nominations for her Coffee Shop TV series as creator and writer and Yat Madit as head writer, and for her short films: The Surrogate, The Mineral Basket, Maraya Ni. More recently Achiro completed and published her late father’s manuscripts, which he left behind after his death in 1994. This is alongside writing her first novel Sex or Slave, set in 1940s Uganda during colonialism. She also has in the works a memoir about her life as a lesbian in Uganda and her eventual escape and another about her journey being born in exile, living through the war in Northern Uganda through to her present life in exile. More recently, she has been published by Guernica magazine, Exposition Review, Westbeth online newsletter, and Pen America. Her play ‘The Survival’ had a debut performance at the Lincoln Center produced by the National Queer Theatre. This later inspired a short documentary, Breaking the Fourth Wall that also premiered at the Lincoln Center. @achirop.

Janet Kilonzo is a Kenyan-Rwandese actress based in NYC. She has trained at the National Youth Theatre (UK) and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Janet has previously worked with The Arctic Cycle, Irish Repertory, WP Theatre, National Queer Theatre and Achiro.P Olwoch to name a few. She has also been directed by the likes of Shelley Butler, Estafania Fadul and Barbara Rubin. Janet is glad to be a part of this production and would like to thank her family and friends for their support.

Please be advised, the story touches upon themes of sexual violence.

This presentation has been made possible through a collaboration with HB residency artist Kayhan Irani and her project to foster exchange between artists supported through the Artistic Freedom Initiative and the artists at HB Studio.


HB Studio’s programs are supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.


  • Time:
    October 14, 2023
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET
  • Location: HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014